Meet our April 2020 Member of the Month, Sarah Hicks! Sarah is a Chattanooga, TN native, turned Tulsa homie, and she is dedicated to making our community a better, more environmentally friendly place to live through her work with Sustainable Tulsa. To learn more about Sarah, Sustainable Tulsa, and her love for simple kitchen recipes, check out our interview with her below. 


How long have you been with your current company, Sustainable Tulsa?

I’ve been with Sustainable Tulsa since October 2018, so about one and a half years.


How would you summarize what your company does and why your clients choose you over the competition?

So, Sustainable Tulsa is a nonprofit that aims to be the go-to resource for sustainability education throughout our community. We tackle this in a couple ways: so we have programs that educate individuals curious about sustainability and programs that give tools to businesses so they can improve their sustainable operations and culture. People choose us because we focus on education that evolves into action. We aren’t prescriptive or dogmatic in our approach to sustainability, but we want to remove as many barriers as possible for someone who is curious about learning more or getting started. We don’t let perfection get in the way of progress and we invite all who are interested to learn alongside us. It’s really just a fun and friendly culture that we work very hard to maintain.


If you had to have a philosophy of life, what would it be?

My personal philosophy comes from my dad. He has four elements of discipline that I’ve been able to recite since I was five years old. If you’re curious about what these elements are, I’d be happy to share. 


What's a productivity tool or app that you couldn't live without?

I can’t live without Asana. My coworker Meghan suggested that we use it a few months ago and now I can divide my life into two parts: pre-Asana and post-Asana. It’s just such a great tool to keep a team on the same page that may not have the opportunity to sit down and meet face-to-face every day.


Does your company do any work within the community in the form of charity, nonprofits, or just building up Tulsa?

Our organization’s mission is moving the Tulsa community forward and fostering the conversation on sustainability.


What is one of your favorite books and why?

Wow – um, I love the book “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway, but it’s super bleak. I think a happier version of this answer is “Minimalist Kitchen” by Melissa Coleman. I love to cook, and this book is about maintaining an efficient and effective kitchen without every little gadget or spinner. I like to keep things simple, so I appreciate this book validating my lack of Instant Pot.


Favorite movie and why?

My favorite movie is Pride & Prejudice, the Kiera Knightly version. It’s just timeless and effortlessly beautiful. It is also perfect when you want to be a couch potato Saturday afternoon and watch it while having some junk food/takeout. 


And lastly, what is one of your favorite things about being a member of the Root Coworking?

One of my favorite things about being a member of the Root is sharing a workspace with people who don’t do the same things that I do. I love starting a conversation with someone in the kitchen about what they’re working on, and learning about a business or industry I don’t work with. It’s really refreshing and stimulating to learn something from every person you just so happen to start chatting with. The community is full of fun and friendly people that are the best to get to know.

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