To allow  to live in Depew in sustainable housing
  • Petitioned Robert Tally

This petition was delivered to:

Honorable Mayor of Depew
Robert Tally

To allow to live in Depew in sustainable housing

    1. Stephanie Lewis
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Lewis

      Tulsa, OK

Several months ago I started following this page only to find out everything was taking place in Depew Oklahoma! Wow A SUSTAINABLE VILLAGE RIGHT HERE IN OKLAHOMA! Long story short, the group is now having trouble with the towns mayor, who is all of a sudden changing original agreements to let these families build without having to follow a code. The houses they are building are unique and made from pallets.. truly living off the grid. The mayor doesn't understand that nearly 47K people follow them on facebook and that other sites like theirs are reaching 500K quickly. Sustainable living and living off the grid becoming popular! The little town of Depew has 500 people in it, and this group also owns the only grocery store in town.  David, one of the founders of the group gave up his piano and music store here in Tulsa to start this great project with his wife and three small kids. Another family living there has 5 kids and they are still living in a tent because the city is now telling them the cannot build their living quarters . If you would like to be a part of friendly contact to the mayor Robert Tally at:, and tell him how you feel about this project and what they are trying to do. This mayor does not understand that this project could actually bring more people to his town to shop and stay, possibly forever. He does not understand Facebook and the fact that these people have over 46k followers and what that means for the little town of Depew. What would help these people now? 1. Your support! 2. They are looking for travel trailers to use while this matter is being resolved because the tents are leaking. 3. They are needing people to come out and volunteer. Some people have had to leave because financial needs were not met and they expected their transition to be more joyful and now they are short handed for daily work. 5. The founder of the project wants you to call him if you have any solutions he has over looked :) ~Dave Webster (918)289-2644 6. Don't forget to email the mayor and/or give him a call with nice meaning conversation about what this project could mean for his town. 7. Share this with your friends that would be interested in writing/calling/volunteering/ moving there.


Depew is a great small town and I am sure they would love to hear from all the people out there that are striving to live off the grid as much as possible. Holding Earth is an inspiration to many in the world! 

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    • Tina Baker-Weidlich KISSIMMEE, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      My family are natives of Oklahoma, in both senses of the word. Cherokees and other pioneers including Chisum and Wood. We are hunters and gatherers, gardeners and firefighters, also medicine women. We lived in mud huts, blazed the Chisholm Trail. We embrace ethnicity and diversity. We are self-sufficient and sustainable because of our rich Oklahoman history.

      3rd world countries and over-developed cities can learn many things from our Oklahoma heritage and the Holding Earth program. As you know, improper care of the Earth can result in devastating dust bowls, deforestation and loss of wildlife. "LOHAS" - Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, can be the answer to this.

      I understand oversight is needed in building, but if there is sufficient documentation on alternative building and internal systems, such as composting toilets, solar electrical, etc. and proof that these folks can implement them safely, then perhaps your city can become "historically progressive", embracing the best of the past and the future. This can benefit the city in many ways! You would be able to get public and private grants, such as The Patagonia Environmental Grants Program, and other assistance like USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, to continue the work that has been started.

      I'm sure then that you could find many ways to capitalize on this to benefit your city. I've taken the time to do some research to demystify the building processes, who supports them and how common that they actually are! But what's even better is the way that these types of communities benefit the surrounding towns, nature, tourism and educational opportunities. Also, if the tasks at hand of approval and monitoring seem overwhelming, many gov and orgs provide experts of their own for free or for a fee.

      Also, Oklahoma is a State with an "RPG" Renewable Portfolio Goal. Energy saving and recycled products green buildings may help the state to fulfill it's goal.

      Lots of opportunities, here are a few of them...

      Included in Oklahomas RPG are Financial Incentives for Corporate Tax Credit

      •Energy Efficient Residential Construction Tax Credit (Corporate)


      •Zero-Emission Facilities Production Tax Credit

      Local Option - County Energy District Authority

      Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing effectively allows property owners to borrow money to pay for energy improvements.

      Energy Efficient Residential Construction Tax Credit (Personal)

      Property Tax Exemption for Wind Generators



      Next, Government Grants are available. Here's a good one.;jsessionid=WV7RQ68PRmGGZgWBPvzFJpqxLVQnGzmQvGbfrpJv1mz1S9586FvT!-2129049045?oppId=207274&mode=VIEW


      CNCS is targeting AmeriCorps funding for Environmental Stewardship:Grants will provide support for direct services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency, renewable energy use, or improving at-risk ecosystems. In addition, grants will support increased citizen behavioral change leading to increased efficiency, renewable energy use, and ecosystem improvements particularly for economically disadvantaged households and communities. Grant activities will:• Decrease energy and water consumption.• Improve at-risk ecosystems.• Increase behavioral changes that lead directly to decreased energy and water consumption or improved at-risk ecosystems.• Increase green training opportunities that may lead to decreased energy and water consumption or improved at-risk ecosystems.In addition, the Administration is exploring ways to provide service, training, education, and employment opportunities for young Americans through protecting, restoring and enhancing public and tribal lands. CNCS is exploring potential programs along the lines of a “21st century Civilian Service Corps” that can facilitate conservation service work on public lands and encourage a new generation of natural resource managers and environmental scientists, particularly in low income and disadvantaged communities.

      Funding Opportunity Number: CNCS111612


      To get you started:

      Quay Valley is a completely self-sustaining green town of 150,000 residents located in California’s Great Central Valley.

      Your sustainable living resource.

      Find a Green Community By State.

      Do you own a Green, Eco-Friendly community? Are you a Green Builder? Showcase your community or service here!


      Education campaign, the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED Pilot Credits

      Example: Supporters of the Green Science Policy Institute:

      Many thanks to the foundations listed below for their generous support of our work.

      • The Bonwood Foundation

      • The Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT)

      • The Cornell Douglas Foundation

      • The Fred Gellert Family Foundation

      • The Jenifer Altman Foundation

      • The New York Community Trust

      • The Passport Foundation

      • The Patagonia Environmental Grants Program

      • The San Francisco Foundation

      • The Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation

      • The Wallace Genetic Foundation

      (Their work is in a different department, but this is just to give you ideas of the types of orgs that want to support you.)


      The Patagonia Environmental Grants Program has an extremely extensive listing of Grant providers for this type of project.

      View All Organizations

      More resources:

      Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design

      Ecovillages, Intentional Community, Cohousing, Cooperatives, Healthy & Livable Communities


      The Organic Green Revolution

      A list of other sustainable communities

      Over 40 years of research and development of self-sufficient housing made from recycled materials.

      Development of Earth friendly and people friendly community living concepts that require little or no mortgage payment and no utility bills.

      Earthship Biotecture

      P.O. Box 1041, Taos, New Mexico, 87571

      Phone (575) 751-0462


      The EQIP - Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program awards grants through a competitive process to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, including Tribes, or individuals to develop new innovative approaches to conservation and conservation technologies

      CIG enables NRCS to work with other public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches to address some of the Nation's most pressing natural resource concerns.

      NRCS Funding Opportunities

      Formerly the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. NCRS program areas include soil survey, conservation assistance, farmland protection, grazing lands conservation ...

      NRCS provides funding opportunities for agriculturalists and others through various programs.

      Eligible agricultural producers, landowners and Tribes may apply for financial assistance to help implement conservation practices or establish conservation easements, and grants may be available for eligible groups and organizations to promote new conservation technologies.

      You can also get involved with our volunteer program, The Earth Team, to help make a difference in the conservation effort. In 2010, we had over 29,000 volunteers dedicate themselves to helping our mission. Our Earth Team members get the opportunity to work side-by-side with farmers and ranchers to identify natural resource concerns, and are able to develop unique conservation plans for restoring and protecting resources. Anyone 14 years or older can become a volunteer. We offer volunteer positions for both full and part-time. If you are interested in becoming a part of our mission, feel free to visit our volunteer page for more information.

      Conserving our natural resources is not a one-person job. The farmers and private landowners of this country cannot do it alone, nor can the government. We must all work together to help make sure that our land is sustainable for generations to come.


      Many business schools are including sustainability programs among their MBA offerings because business opportunities in the field have increased. “We’re talking about business strategies as they relate to sustainability,” says Andrew Hoffman, professor and director of the Erb Institute, which is a joint-degree program between University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the School for Natural Resources & the Environment. “Sustainability is a business opportunity that compliments the MBA.” From clean energy to programs to reduce a company’s carbon footprint, sustainability knowledge is in practical demand. In honor of Earth Day (April 22), here is a list of some interesting programs that focus on sustainability...


      Some Recent Grant recipients:

      The Biomimicry Institute - Missoula, MT

      Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is an emerging discipline that studies nature’s best "ideas" and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. Based on the premise that the natural world has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with, the Biomimicry Institute works to nurture and grow a global community of people who are learning from, emulating, and conserving life's genius to create a healthier, more sustainable planet. Kalliopeia provides project support for The Biomimicry Institute’s educational outreach initiatives.

      Bioneers (Collective Heritage Institute) - Santa Fe, NM

      Bioneers is a social and strategic hub for engaged citizens from all backgrounds and fields dedicated to solving urgent global problems within a holistic framework of interdependence. In its annual conference, Bioneers brings together leading-edge innovators to share solutions to environmental and social challenges, all based on the premise that nature's principles can serve as metaphoric guideposts for organizing an equitable, compassionate, and democratic society.

      California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture - Hesperia, CA

      Cal-Earth is dedicated to research and dissemination of simple, sustainable, and widely replicable earth building technologies for the benefit of humankind. Cal-Earth's primary initiative is to promote the philosophy and use of Superadobe, a technology developed by visionary architect Nader Khalili (1936 - 2008) who was inspired by the mystical poetry of Rumi to seek the equilibrium of earth, water, air, fire, and to unite them in design in service of beauty and human need. Cal-Earth's mission is guided by three principles: (1) shelter is a basic human right, (2) every human being should be able to build a house for him or herself, and (3) the best way to provide shelter for the exponentially increasing human population is by building with earth.

      Center for Whole Communities - Fayston, VT

      Center for Whole Communities (CWC) seeks to create a more just, balanced, and healthy world by deepening the connections between land, people, and community. Understanding that fragmentation between social justice and environmental conservation movements limit the success of both, CWC works toward a new land movement that integrates conservation, health, justice, spirit, and relationship. Kalliopeia provides project support for the Whole Thinking Program, which convenes nonprofit leaders from a wide variety of social, climate, land, and water issues for intensive weeklong retreats designed to build a more connected, effective, and resilient network of leaders in the movements for social and environmental change.

      Link to the site “Whole Measures.

      Download a pdf of "What is a Whole Community," by Peter Forbes.


      More resources:

      In 2011, Farm Aid distributed $307,710 to 42 family farm and rural service organizations nationwide.

      Cooperative Homestead’s mission is to facilitate radically affordable housing, owner/built green homes and affordable cooperative communities using natural, locally sourced building material. Cooperative Homesteads also works with communities to design and implement Edible Parks and Permaculture Gardens, including The Mesa Desert Eco Village and Community Garden Project

      I hope this is helpful. Thank you for your time and consideration!

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    • Sabra Marcroft EUGENE, OR
      • over 1 year ago

      You are turning away the people who could bring life back to your town. Very sad.

    • Lesley Wheatley BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • over 1 year ago

      "The highest and best form of efficiency is the spontaneous cooperation of a free people"

      ~ Woodrow Wilson

      Our founding fathers would have allowed to live in Depew in sustainable housing. This is our future. Open your eyes. We must live sustainably on this planet, or we will battle against it and lose. Depew's decision to not allow such a diverse and sustainable population into their town is telling the world that they are not willing to open opportunities up for the young generations of American people. If this is really what you want; your economy shall suffer the consequences of your refusal to change. Your housing income is already in the realm of poverty; and you will reach great times of need in the near future from younger people you have shut out.

    • Karen Velazquez KELLER, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm All For living off the grid!!!

    • loren mccoy BROKEN ARROW, OK
      • over 1 year ago

      I just saw on facebook that this group was turned down for their cob houses and is leaving Oklahoma. As a resident of the neighboring county, I was proud to have them here and my family along with many others was following their journey with interest. Oklahomans are proud of their pioneer spirit and their belief in small governement and self sustainability and I am very disapointed that the people of Depew were not more welcoming. Good luck friends.


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