Earth Day Texas began in 2011 with the core value that together, and through education, we can make a real positive impact on the environment. From 2011 to 2016, Earth Day Texas has worked diligently to create and curate a platform for industry leaders, technology innovators, policy makers, local communities, and families to gather and exchange ideas for making a greener future.
This year brought us many rewarding moments. We sought to contribute to progressing clean technology, renewable energy, land conservation, and sustainable agriculture through our collaboration with state and local governments, businesses, and educational institutions. The hard work of our staff to cultivate these relationships resulted in more than 130,000 community members and stakeholders engaging with nearly 800 exhibitors and 250+ speakers over Earth Day Weekend!
With so many local and national issues negatively impacting our environment, fulfilling our mission has been challenging and inspiring. However, with friends like you encouraging and supporting our team with your time, talents, and treasure, we are ensuring the health and sustainability of future generations.
2016 has been a great year which allowed us to celebrate our past successes and plan for a promising future. In May, our founder, Trammell S. Crow, was the inaugural recipient of the Public Health Hero Award by Texas A&M Health Center School of Public Health. In September, Crow was honored at the Global Green Awards in Los Angeles for his leadership in environmental activism.
For 2017, Ryan A. Brown, our president, brings an innovative outlook and perspective to our work that will make Earth Day Texas the clear leader in conversations around environmental education. His direction to increasingly expand our reach has cultivated international partnerships, as well as inspired audiences across the nation. With the addition of the inaugural EARTHxFilm and Media Festival led by president Michael Cain and an expansion of the Tiny House Village, our team is working diligently to make Earth Day Texas 2017 the biggest, best, and most impactful yet.
President Jimmy Carter once said “…love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” We believe that despite any differences, whether social or political, this “common language” is what has kept the conversation about our planet alive. With your continued support, we will advance this conversation of progress, hope, and innovation into 2017 and for years to come.