TULSA, Oklahoma - Some of the residents of Zarrow Pointe Retirement community have suggested and the facility has instituted new programs around renewable energy and recycling.

Col Ray Bachelor a retired World War Two and Korean War veteran leads a group which meets regularly and it suggested the facility could benefit from using more solar energy.

He says Oklahoma is 6th among states in the amount of sunshine available but 48th in use of it.

Covered resident parking was added which included solar panels, and it now produces about 17% of the daily electrical power used at Zarrow Pointe. Residents also suggested adding a facility-wide recycling program, and that is working too.

“Now every office has one (recycling bin), every apartment, every room, and every one of our villas has their own particular recycle dumpster,” said CEO Jim Jakubovitz.