The Henry Bellmon Awards recognize those people, companies, and organizations that are committed to developing the “triple bottom line.” This bottom line continues to measure profits, but also evaluates the organization’s impact on people and on the planet. Our award winners recognize that their investment in social capital and environmental capital builds financial capital.
When we consider sustainability, we tend to think about the environmental aspect: carbon footprints, greenhouse gases, and ecosystems, etc. Economic and social factors are now recognized as equally important features of sustainability.
The triple bottom line is a balancing act in which organizations take into account the impact they may have on all three aspects of sustainability, beyond the economic viability of the business.
PEOPLE, or social sustainability, focuses on developing mutually beneficial relationships with employees, customers or clients, and the community. These activities strengthen the organization’s positive profile and customer and community support.
PROFIT, or economic sustainability, focuses on business efficiency, productivity, and profit.
PLANET, or environmental sustainability, focuses on the impact of resource usage, hazardous substances, waste, and emissions on the physical environment. These activities may have a direct benefit for a business by reducing costs.
The Henry Bellmon Award
Our hallmark prize, the Henry Bellmon Award, recognizes leadership and effectiveness in each of the triple bottom line categories.
The People Award – Quality of Life
Putting people first is good for every program, project, or organization, and it is good for our community. Focusing on quality of life builds goodwill and loyalty among the people who make the enterprise possible. This helps make the organization sustainable over the long term.
The Profit Award – Responsible Economic Growth
Organizations realize the value of a clear, long-term strategy focused on maximizing profitability and sustainable growth in an increasingly complex and competitive market.
The Planet Award – Environmental Stewardship
This represents an organization’s efforts to avoid activities that harm the environment and to reduce any negative impact on the ecosystem. Many companies may actively initiate additional practices, like implementing wind power, that can increase a company’s profitability while benefiting the health of the planet.
The Bellmon Awards Gala
Sustainable Tulsa and the Tulsa Southside Rotary Club & Foundation present the annual Henry Bellmon Sustainability Awards Gala. The gala honors those outstanding Oklahoma people, agencies, organizations, or companies that demonstrate commitments to a balanced approach toward quality of life for all, responsible economic growth, and environmental stewardship.
Funds raised from the gala support scholarships and the outstanding service contributions of Sustainable Tulsa and the Rotary Club of Southside Tulsa.
Learn how you can join us at the 2016 Henry Bellmon Sustainability Awards Gala.
- U.S. Marine, awarded the Legion of Merit and a Silver Star
- Elected to Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1946
- Elected as Governor of Oklahoma in 1962 and 1987
- Served in US Senate from 1969 to 1981
- Inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1976
- Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
- Posthumously inducted into CareerTech Hall of Fame in 2011
Henry Bellmon was an early champion of sustainability in Oklahoma. Even though the motto would become well known only years later, we have no doubt Henry Bellmon would embrace a commitment to People – Profit – Planet. That is why we honor him as the namesake for the annual Oklahoma awards for stewardship and sustainability.
“Dad loved the land and never tired of teaching us about nature and its beauty and mystery,” noted daughters Pat Hoerth, Ann McFerron, and Gail Wynne. “We hope to honor his legacy by teaching others and continuing to find better ways to live more sustainably with Earth.”
Henry Bellmon earned his political and personal reputation by speaking with the voice of a man raised by the land. Mr. Bellmon’s life demonstrated his commitment to sustainability. He encouraged sustainability in people through education reform and the passage of a state civil-rights law and a minimum-wage law. He encouraged sustainability in profit through the practice of conservative principles in state and national government. He encouraged sustainability in the environment through his support of soil conservation and the Clean Water Act and his lifelong vocation as a farmer outside Billings, Oklahoma.
Henry Bellmon was born in 1921 in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. As one of 13 children in a family surviving the Depression, Mr. Bellmon was ingrained with a strong work ethic, which he used to work his way through OSU (then Oklahoma A&M). Mr. Bellmon carried this work ethic to the Marine Corps, where he was taken to the Pacific Theater and Iwo Jima. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and a Silver Star.
Mr. Bellmon’s political career began in 1946 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. In 1962, he was named Oklahoma’s first Republican Governor in nearly 60 years. He served in the United States Senate for 12 years. In 1981, he returned to Billings to tend to the family’s 1,600-acre farm. He won another term as governor in 1986. In 1987, Henry Bellmon returned to the governor’s office for another term.
Henry Bellmon passed away in 2009, remaining active through his final days.
Sustainability is the balance between quality of life for all, responsible economic growth, and environmental stewardship.
Sustainable Tulsa is a grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to responsible economic growth, ecological stewardship, and quality of life. We bring together local experts to share their work and expertise with the Tulsa community on a variety of sustainability topics that help guide the Tulsa community of individuals and businesses through a new era of sustainability.
Rotary Club of Southside Tulsa
If you’re looking for a hard working, active community of business leaders and entrepreneurs, you’ve come to the right place. For over 50 years, our club has been a driving force for good in the Tulsa community and in the world. Just a few of the projects we’ve supported include:
- Biscuit Acres Bark Park
- “Dixionaries” Literacy Project
- Engineers Without Borders
- Medical Supplies Network
- Symphony at Sunset
- Up With Trees
Come visit us! We’d love to have you come by and attend one of our meetings. We’ll buy you lunch and show you a good time. So come, join us, catch that ‘South Side’ spirit and help to keep the Southside legacy burning bright!