The Oka' Institute prioritizes sustainable communities by emphasizing the value of environmental, social, and economic sustainability in their development and leadership. By emphasizing sustainable practices such as waste reduction, citizen-science monitoring, and conservation of natural resources, these communities contribute to the protection and preservation of the environment.
The Oka' Institute partners with tribes, rural and urban cities, and local businesses to achieve these goals.
Citizen Science Monitoring
The Citizen Science Monitoring project identifies and prioritizes the 25 most vulnerable communities within the Chickasaw Nation via a joint Chickasaw Nation and the Oka’ Institute community survey tool. Community members have an in-depth understanding of the risks and hazards they face through a detailed training and will be instrumental in the process through water monitoring in these vulnerable areas.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are crucial for citizen science monitoring because they ensure that data collection and analysis are consistent and reliable. With SOPs, participants can follow a clear set of instructions, reducing the likelihood of errors and improving the accuracy of the data collected. Additionally, SOPs help to ensure that data collected by citizen scientists meet scientific standards and can be integrated with other datasets. This can lead to more robust scientific conclusions and policy decisions based on citizen science data.
W is for Water
The W is for Water program is a great initiative that focuses on building water awareness among high school students in Ada. This program is not only beneficial for the students but also for the community as a whole. This provides students with the opportunity to explore various career options in the water sector. This is especially important as the demand for professionals in this field is increasing.
By educating the younger generation about water conservation and management, we can ensure a better and sustainable future.