Fenton Rood, from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, will be the featured speaker at a recycling forum at 11 a.m. on Sept. 9 at the Ardmore Convention Center, 2401 N. Rockford Road.


Fenton Rood, from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, will be the featured speaker at a recycling forum at 11 a.m. on Sept. 9 at the Ardmore Convention Center, 2401 N. Rockford Road.


His presentation will be about Developing Community Recycling Programs and supplemented by a panel from of people from southern Oklahoma who have information to share on recycling.


Lunch will be provided free for attendees, however, seating will limited. Reservations can be made at abc.ardmore@sbcglobal.net or by calling (580) 223-2230. The event is being sponsored by G.W. Clay, Jr., OD, Sullivan Insurance Agency and the Ardmore Beautification Council.


Rood is DEQ’s senior manager for solid-waste programs. He has helped communities throughout the state develop recycling operations and was instrumental in organizing recycling services in state offices throughout the capitol complex. As DEQ’s chief regulator for solid waste, he assisted Ardmore and area communities transform the Ardmore landfill into a regional trust.


“We think this meeting can begin the dialogue to make recycling a reality,” said Sarah Clay, co-chair of the Ardmore Beautification Council recycling committee. “More than half of all Oklahomans live in communities that offer recycling service. Ardmore cannot afford to be left behind. With enough public interest, a workable solution can be found for community recycling.”


Recycling committee co-chair Lena Sullivan agreed, saying, “People moving into our community have been exposed to recycling, and therefore expect it and now many of our local citizens want it. Two of Ardmore’s largest employers are working with us to bring more recycling options here and that is important. Their company corporations understand that ‘greening’ is a fundamental part of our future.”


Rood earned a bachelor’s degree in geography and a master of public health degree in environmental health, both from the University of Oklahoma. While his entire professional career has been in state service, he also has business experience. For more than 20 years, he and his wife owned and operated retail natural foods stores and restaurants. He is an instructor at the University of Phoenix and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Geography and School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma.