Gov. Bill Anoatubby has appointed Phillip Cravatt director of Environmental Services within the Chickasaw Nation Department of Community Services.
“Phillip Cravatt has demonstrated a commitment to stewardship of our natural resources for years,” Anoatubby said. “His skills and his commitment to preserve the environment for future generations make him well-suited to serve the Chickasaw people in this role.”
Cravatt, a Chickasaw citizen, began his career within the Chickasaw Nation in 2014 as the section head of Property Maintenance. In this capacity, he managed landscaping projects, the Chickasaw Sod Farm and the Chickasaw Garden programs. He developed and maintained operating budgets for the programs to ensure respective responsibilities were carried out in the most cost effective ways.
As section head, Cravatt’s duties also included staffing positions within the programs under his supervision. He developed his team’s skills through training, coaching and interpersonal feedback. He also maintained the equipment and facilities used by his staff, including implementing schedules for preventative maintenance and implementing energy efficiency and water conservation projects within them.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity serve our people and programs,” Cravatt said. “Preserving our natural resources is a part of our cultural identity and we have a duty to preserve our Nation’s natural resources entrusted to us. Together we can carry on conservation traditions that our ancestors practiced and implement new practices for our future generations.”
Cravatt’s staff oversees the openings and groundbreakings of many Chickasaw Nation properties, including the Ardmore Child Development Center, Oklahoma City Community Center and Purcell Wellness Center.
Before joining the Chickasaw Nation, Cravatt served as director of environmental services for the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. As director, he oversaw federal grants directed at improving the environment of Iowa tribal lands, as well as an eagle aviary and bison program. Other grants included the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Water Pollution grant, General Assistance Program grant and Outdoor/indoor Air Monitoring, among others.
An alumnus of Oklahoma State University, Cravatt earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree in environmental science. He also has a number of environmental certifications from the federal and state governments. These include the areas of water and waste management, recycling, firefighting techniques and disaster preparedness.
Cravatt is an active member of the community. He serves on the Ada Junior High Science, Technology and Math Committee, the Ada Recycling Coalition Board and the Chickasaw Nation Environmental Action committee.
He helped build a coalition that included the city of Ada, Chickasaw Nation Environmental Action Committee, Ada Public Schools and the Ada Recycling Coalition to start recycling programs at Ada Junior High and Ada High School.
With a passion for recycling, Cravatt has overseen and volunteered for nearly 30 Chickasaw Nation recycling events that have taken place since 2015. He was recently invited to present at the Oklahoma Recycling Conference where he spoke regarding the challenges of rural recycling.