EARTHx Welcomed More than 100,000 Attendees to Celebrate Earth Day
This year’s event featured new environmental programs, business conferences, special events, EARTHxFilm, and national & global leaders
DALLAS (May 2, 2017) – EARTHx, formerly known as Earth Day Texas, hosted the nation’s largest Earth Day celebration on April 19-23 at Fair Park in Dallas. The seventh annual event attracted more than 100,000 people to experience new exhibits, programs, films, and educational opportunities, as well as provided new conferences and events to engage the business community. This year’s event covered more than 1 million square feet of Fair Park and featured 1,800 installations and more than 900 businesses, organizations and government entities.
“It was rewarding to witness the number of people and various organizational partners who supported us this year, said Ryan Brown, EARTHx CEO. “As EARTHx, we are becoming a global movement and want our event to be a world destination for ongoing conversations and positive environmental impact.”
As part of the organizations’ recent growth and interest from the business community, EARTHx hosted a five-day event for the first time, which included a series of conferences and special events such as:
- E-Capital Summit – The summit brought together foundations, family offices, philanthropists, incubators, national laboratories, and cutting-edge clean technology companies to form new relationships and partnerships to accelerate our future economy.
- Plasticity Texas – The new forum featured global experts from across the plastic spectrum to share experiences on opportunities and challenges with plastic sustainability and inclusion in the circular economy.
- EARTHACK– An environmental hackathon through HackDFW brought more than 760 college and high school “hackers” to solve real issues plaguing the world within 36 hours. In the end, they created 85 new products.
- EARTHxFilm– The inaugural film impact festival showcased films and emerging media that explore conservation, science, the environment, and honor the heroes working to protect our planet.
- Alternative Fuel Vehicle Odyssey – The first Alternative Fuel Vehicle summit featured industry speakers, workshops and presentations on alternative fuel vehicles.
- Green Speakers Series – Notable speakers showed attendees how to build a sustainable future by sharing their own experiences and passion regarding critical environmental issues.
Highly-acclaimed scientists, engineers, educators, business executives and former politicians attended the event, including notable speakers Rick Perry, U.S. Secretary of Energy, General Wesley Clarke, Sr. (Ret.), Sylvia Earle, PhD, & Katharine Hayhoe, PhD.
More than 4,100 people attended EARTHx Film, which featured 20 new environmentally-focused films as well as 25 short films as part of the Youth Filmmaking Competition. The EARTHxGlobal Gala awarded the Global Impact Award to ocean activist Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, famed ocean explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle, the World Bank’s Connect4Climate program, and the Center for Environmental Health. More than 280 guests attended the star-studded event and raised thousands of dollars towards the youth filmmaking program to encourage interest and on-going education in environmentally-focused films.
The event coincided with the Dallas’ March for Science on April 22, which began at City Hall and ended in Fair Park, where Founder Trammell S. Crow and Dr. Earle welcomed the public and shared remarks about the importance of the environment and staying engaged.
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As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on environmental education and awareness, EARTHx, formerly known as Earth Day Texas (EDTx) 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. Founded in 2011 by Dallas-based environmentalist, philanthropist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, EARTHx promotes environmental awareness by curating an atmosphere for conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. To learn more about EARTHx, please see the recent announcement or to view the YouTube video, click here.