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DALLAS (Feb. 2, 2017) – The world’s largest Earth Day exposition and eco-conference returns Apr. 19-23, 2017 to Fair Park. Officially extending its time frame to include events before Earth Day weekend, Earth Day Texas (EDTx) introduces several exciting, new initiatives:
- EARTHxFilm – EDTx’s inaugural film impact festival will showcase films and emerging media that explore conservation, science, the environment and honor the heroes working to protect our planet. Our aim is to turn awareness through art and media into action and impact.
- EARTHACK – An environmental hackathon in partnership with HackDFW, EARTHACK will bring 1,200 college and high school “hackers” to Fair Park to solve real issues plaguing the world within 36 hours. EARTHACK will occur Apr. 21-23 and include appearances by celebrity judges.
- EarthxE-Capital Summit (Apr. 20-23; by invitation or application only) – Co-produced by PRIME Coalition, Austin Technology Incubators and EDTx, EarthxE-Capital Summit features workshops, forums, networking and an expo where mission-driven investors, service providers, incubators, accelerators and early to mid-stage companies come together to promote the growth of environmentally conscious technology.
- EDTx has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution for a special live simulcast of the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Summit from Washington, D.C. with more than 55 presenters speaking on the health of species, conservation and sustainability.
“These exciting and important new initiatives will expand our national and international reach,” says EDTx president Ryan A. Brown. “Creating a platform for cutting-edge technology and innovations, environmental policy, education and sustainable business is incredibly important to us. We want to make Earth Day Texas the clear leader in conversations about conservation and the future of our planet.”
Events and showcases returning to Earth Day Texas 2017 include:
- Savor Dallas Sustainable Food Market – The hit tasting attraction returns with top North Texas chefs, restaurants and distributors crafting fresh, healthy and sustainable and chef-inspired foods.
- Sustainable Beer Garden – Featuring local and boutique brewers championing some of North Texas’ best and environmentally-responsible beers.
- Tiny Houses – B.A. Norrgard’s A Bed Over My Head is back with more unique, eco-friendly and beautifully designed tiny homes for visitors to explore. There will be three tiny house “villages” in Fair Park, including a college student showcase displaying the tiny homes they have built over the last several months, as well as live displays from tiny home manufacturers.
Founded in 2011 by Dallas-based environmentalist, philanthropist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, EDTx promotes environmental awareness by curating an atmosphere for conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. Attendees can also enjoy outdoor experiences, live music, environmentally themed films and art exhibits, beer and food pavilions, family activities and more.
Last year’s EDTx exposition at Fair Park showcased nearly 800 exhibitors, 250 speakers and 130,000+ attendees enjoying the free, three-day event. This year, EDTx expects an even bigger turnout. “To date, we have already secured more than 460 exhibitors , well ahead of last year’s record-breaking pace” says Brown. “With all of our new programs and conferences, we anticipate over 150,000 attendees.”
Attend Earth Day Texas 2017
WHEN: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. April 19-23, 2017 (Some events by invite only)
WHERE: Fair Park, Dallas Texas
ADMISSION: Free; special fees apply to select conferences and events.
INFORMATION: 214-310-1200; earthdaytx.org and earthxfilm.org
About Earth Day Texas
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on environmental education and awareness, Earth Day Texas has created the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices that are reshaping the future.
What started in 2011 as an outdoor event spanning five blocks of Flora Street in Dallas’ Arts District grew to occupy approximately one million square feet of indoor and outdoor event space in Dallas’ historic Fair Park. In 2016, Earth Day Texas hosted over 130,000 attendees, 800+ exhibitors and 250+ speakers, becoming the largest annual environmental exhibition and programming initiative in the world.
Earth Day Texas presents attendees and participants with breakthrough solutions that will empower them to make a difference in their communities 365 days a year.
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