Founder of EarthX Recognized for Exemplifying the Values of the American Way of Life
DALLAS (May 15, 2019) – Trammell S. Crow was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor last weekend for his efforts founding EarthX, the largest Earth Day celebration in the world. Crow accepted the award at a special reception on Ellis Island, just two weeks after the ninth annual EarthX, which attracted more than 175,000 people interested in creating a healthier planet for future generations.
Started in 1986, the Ellis Island Medals of Honor are sponsored by the Ellis Island Honors Society to recognize American citizens who have distinguished themselves and exemplified the values of the American way of life. Past medalists have included seven U.S. presidents, three world leaders, several Nobel Prize winners, and various leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports, and government. The awards recognize those who make freedom, liberty, and compassion a part of their life’s work.
“What an honor to be recognized for something that, at the most basic level, is really just my passion,” said Crow. “When I started EarthX, I was hoping to get others motivated about creating a more sustainable world, while also providing a platform to help us better create real solutions. Here we are, nine years later, celebrating record attendance and compelling impacts for this year’s event, and now this national award.”
Earthx2019 included three days of exhibitions, a film festival, music, entertainment, learning experiences, discussions, forums, and conferences. Following the event, EarthX announced that during the event, an agreement with the Independent State of Samoa was signed to transition the island nation to clean and resilient energy generation. Additionally, three early stage start-ups focused on cleantech were awarded a collective $300,000 at the EarthX E-Capital Summit, tripling the initial award offering of $100,000.