OKC Zoo Promotes ‘Plastic-Free’ Challenge

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden fought against the single-use plastic habit as part of a global “Plastic-Free July” challenge. Plastic items like grocery bags, straws and coffee cups are creating huge ecological harm, especially in oceans and other aquatic habitats. This includes streams, rivers and lakes in Oklahoma where plastic trash is a common sight. In 2018, the OKC Zoo team refused 900 straws, 927 plastic bottles, 871 pieces of plastic cutlery, picked up 2039 pieces of litter, prepared 177 zero-waste meals, signed 22 petitions and volunteered 36 hours to clean up plastic waste. Collectively, the zoo joined more than 5,000 colleagues from zoos and aquariums across the country and refused 35,383 straws, 28,166 plastic bottles, 37,174 pieces of plastic cutlery, picked up 56,758 pieces of litter, prepared 9,827 zero-waste meals, signed 2,212 petitions, volunteered 2,672 hours to clean up plastic waste and contacted 844 public officials to discuss concerns. “Plastic-Free July” is a key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation to work toward its mission of seeing a world free of plastic waste.

OG&E Awards New Positive Energy Scholarships to Three Students

Trevor Riddle of Roland, Abigail Staudt of Mount Saint Mary High School and Grace Voth of Enid were awarded $15,000 scholarships from the OGE Energy Corp Foundation’s Positive Energy Scholarship program. This is the first year for the foundation to offer the scholarship. The company awards three scholarships annually for up to $15,000 each year, totaling $60,000 to each recipient. The scholarships may be used for tuition, books, fees and room/board. At the end of each year, the scholarship will renew for the next year based on the recipient’s performance. Students interested in applying for the Positive Energy Scholarship can visit the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s website at OCCF.org/Scholarships.

Oklahoma Is 2019’s Fifth Best State to Start a Business

A new study by WalletHub found Oklahoma to be the fifth best state in the nation to start a business. WalletHub’s report on 2019’s Best & Worst States to Start a Business looked at the nation’s most fertile grounds for planting and growing new ventures. WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states across 26 key indicators of startup success. The data set ranges from financing accessibility to availability of human capital to office-space affordability. Starting a Business in Oklahoma (1=Best; 25=Avg.): 24th; Avg. Growth in Number of Small Businesses: 13th; Office-Space Affordability: 10th; Labor Costs: 6th; Avg. Length of Work Week (in Hours): 7th; Cost of Living: 11th.

CycleBar Opens Norman Location, Donates to Nonprofits

CycleBar Norman opened for business July 11. The premium indoor cycling studio opened with a commitment to making Oklahoma an even better place to live, work and play by offering discounts, a grand opening celebration and a contest where one local nonprofit will win $2,500.

“CycleBar is committed to health, fun, community,” franchise owner Pat Fitzgerald said.

Customers who rode in July and August were able to tell CycleBar which nonprofit they were riding for, and the store kept track of the “rides.” At the grand opening in mid-August, CycleBar donated a check for $2,500 to the organization with the most “rides” dedicated by riders in that first month.

CycleBar is the largest indoor cycling franchise in the world. The concept of indoor cycling has built incredible momentum in the last few years and is known to be one of the best full-body cardio workouts. Offering a multi-sensory experience with certified CycleStar instructors and energy-enhancing CycleBeats music playlists, CycleBar has capitalized on this momentum and is experiencing success in a proven industry. Learn more at CycleBar.com