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EarthX, is celebrating reducing the use of a million plastic straws, a significant milestone in the Strike Out Straws campaign that was launched at EarthX 2018 to eliminate the proliferation of single-use plastic straws. The Strike Out Straws movement has progressed through a combination of initiatives and with pledges from Studio Movie Grill and support from paper straw distributor, CircleTerra.

After EarthxFilm screened the film STRAWS at the corporate office of Studio Movie Grill, the chain chose to remove straws, except by request, from waters served to guests. Successful testing locally led the chain to remove single use plastic straws for waters chain-wide. The first month implemented, the effort saved 350,000 straws, and is projected to result in a savings of 4.2 million plastic straws and $27,000 annually.

“We are excited to align with EarthX in their effort to eliminate plastic straws and in support of the Strike Out Straws initiative,” added Janet Michaels, director of purchasing for Studio Movie Grill. “In doing so, we are grateful to be able to make a difference for our environment, while also directly improving our bottom line.”

Once discarded, single-use plastic straws, require more than 200 years to break down, adding to plastic debris in landfills. “This is just the beginning,” said Michael Cain, president and co-founder of EarthxFilm. “EarthX will continue to create awareness and encourage those around us to help make a significant impact on the environment.” 

As Strike Out Straws continues towards its next million plastic straws saved, EarthX is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020 by working toward a goal of no single-use plastic and styrofoam to-go containers. Currently, it’s encouraging diners to Go NOCO Loco! by saying NO to plastic and Styrofoam Containers during DFW Restaurant Week running through September 1. 

“Studio Movie Grill is a great example of how slight changes can lead to significant impacts,” continued Cain. “They weren’t in a position to say, ‘no more plastic straws ever’, but they were willing to say, ‘what if we just tried this one thing?’ This not only helped us reach the one million straws milestone, but the theater chain is also expecting to have reduced the use of single use plastic straws by 2.45 million by year-end. It’s one way EarthX is helping answer the SOS from our planet.”

CircleTerra owner Kelly Freeman, who serves on EarthX’s SOS Advisory Council, added, “More and more North Texas businesses are ready to make the change from single use plastic straws. It is exciting and humbling to be a part of the SOS movement.” 

CircleTerra also made a generous donation of biodegradable paper straws, complementing the 200,000 paper straws EarthX committed for DFW Restaurant Week, during EarthX, and at its year-round events. In addition to Freeman, the SOS Advisory Council includes Christian Harper of the City of Fort Worth, Lindsey McNeny from Windows to the Wild, and VanDella Menifee, local educator and community activist. Linda Booker, whose film STRAWS inspired the campaign, also serves on the Council.

Some of the local Dallas businesses that took the EarthX Pledge to Strike Out Straws include: 

Al Biernat's, Alinea, Asian Mint, Cindy’s Deli, Embassy Suites Denton, Houlihans Denton, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Snappy Salads, The Keg Steakhouse, and The Texas Theatre

Businesses and indivduals may join in the campaign and take the pledge at EarthX.org. More information on partnering with EarthX as well as ideas on how to reduce use of straws or plastic packagingis also available at Strike Out Straws or Go NOCO Loco! 

ABOUT EarthX 

EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival. Founded in 2011 as Earth Day Dallas by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. In 2019, the event drew over 177,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental leaders, exhibitors and 400 speakers.

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Future 500 Summit at EarthX Explores Bold Solution

EarthX, the world’s largest environmental festival, recently hosted the fifth Future 500 Summit, which brought top executives together with environmental advocates to discuss how best to mobilize business as a force for good. The Summit is the nation’s lead gathering dedicated to stakeholder engagement, the practice of building skills and relationships that reduce risk, increase common ground, and advance social purpose.

“We ask our delegates to leave their ‘talking points at the door,’ which helps create an atmosphere of trust,” said Erik Wohlgemuth, chief operating officer of Future 500. “This in turn yields unconventional alliances and creative solutions to tough issues, such as climate change.” 

The event operates under strict confidentiality rules. Delegates can, and do, speak candidly, opening up new approaches, solutions, and relationships that might not otherwise surface. One recent participant described it as a “veritable gold mine” of insights and ideas for companies and nonprofits working to tackle climate, forest, and ocean challenges.

Speakers and presenters on the stage at this year’s Future 500 Summit at EarthX included Trammell S. Crow, founder of EarthX; Tony Keane, chief executive officer of EarthX; Bill Shireman, president and chief executive officer of Future 500; and Erik Wohlgemuth. 

In panels and other sessions, leaders from opposite ends of the spectrum such as, Exxon Mobil Corporation and Washington Businesses for Climate Action, discussed carbon solutions. A conversation on the future of plastic included a senior Greenpeace campaigner and an executive from Nestle. Meanwhile, another session uncovered insights into what makes “the other side” tick. The Summit closed with a dynamic session exploring the new trend of major brands taking clear public stands on hot-button social issues.

“We work with Future 500 to build a broader capacity for collective action,” added Keane. “The world’s oceans, forests, and climate systems are no longer just ‘challenged.’ In many places, they’re in crisis. Businesses, policy makers, and the public at large all have a role to play in stopping and reversing the damage.”

The next EarthxFuture 500 Summit will be held in Dallas, April 23 – 24, 2020. Prospective delegates may request an invitation via future500.org/summit

 

ABOUT EarthX 

EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival. Founded in 2011 as Earth Day Dallas by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. In 2019, the event drew over 177,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental leaders, exhibitors and 400 speakers. Earthx2020 will be held April 24 – 26, 2020 in Dallas. Visit EarthX.org.

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ABOUT Future 500 

Future 500 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consultancy that builds trust between companies, advocates, investors, and philanthropists to advance business as a force for good. Each spring, the organization convenes a diverse group of change-makers for the Future 500 Summit at EarthX. More than 100 executives, advocates, responsible investors, and philanthropists explore how best to find common ground, build trust, resolve conflict, and mobilize markets to tackle humanity’s greatest challenges. Visit future500.org.

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Kifaru

Join EarthxFilm for a Movie Monday screening of KIFARU with Director David Hambridge.

 

In Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy, rangers devote their lives to caring for and protecting Sudan, the last male white rhino, along with Sudan’s daughter and granddaughter. It’s a privilege and duty they take seriously, no matter how fruitless it can seem. 

Kifaru follows two young recruits over their first four years on the job as they experience the heartbreak and joy of caring for animals whose fate appears sealed. “Why do we fight and plunder the world until nothing is left?” one ranger asks. “The harder question to answer is, why do we give everything to a cause that seems so hopeless?” This film, which lets viewers experience extinction in real time, helps answer that. 

David Hambridge is an Emmy-nominated cinematographer, commercial director and documentary filmmaker based in the U.S. Kifaru is his first feature-length documentary as a director.

Special thanks to our Community Partners, including Planet Rhino (planetrhino.tcu.edu), Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (fossilrim.org), and the Dallas Zoo (www.dallaszoo.org). 

Free Event - Monday, August 26 7 pm - 9 pm

Landmark's Magnolia Theatre

3699 McKinney Avenue

Dallas, TX 75204

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earthxfilm-presents-kifaru-tickets-65813665445

 

ABOUT EarthX 

EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival. Founded in 2011 as Earth Day Dallas by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. In 2019, the event drew over 177,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental leaders, exhibitors and 400 speakers. Earthx2020 will be held April 24 – 26, 2020 in Dallas. Visit www.EarthX.org.

 

On Facebook:@earthxorg

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On Instagram:@earthxorg

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NOCO Loco EarthX Celebrates Striking Out One Million Plastic Straws and Pushes for More Plastic Free

EarthX is encouragEarthX Celebrates Striking Out One Million Plastic Straws and Pushes for More Plastic Freeing diners to Go NOCO Loco! by saying NO to plastic and Styrofoam COntainers during DFW Restaurant Week. Running August 5 through September 1, DFW Restaurant Week is the single largest culinary event in Dallas-Fort Worth, offering diners special menus at more than 140 participating restaurants. With nearly 90,000 local residents making reservations during the event, the simple act of bringing your own reusable “to-go” container or using low-impact options can have a significant impact.

“Taking our meals ‘to go’ in plastic containers has had serious consequences,” said Karen Fleig, director of marketing and communications for EarthX. “If each DFW Restaurant Week restaurant and dining patron committed to using biodegradable, compostable, or reusable containers, we could plant a seed that would influence others, making a huge difference in the long-term.”

EarthX is also celebrating having struck out one million single-use plastic straws since launching its Strike Out Straws campaign at Earthx2018. Once discarded, single-use plastic straws, made from petroleum, require more than 200 years to break down, adding to plastic debris in landfills. As Strike Out Straws continues, EarthX is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020 by also working toward a goal of no single-use plastic and styrofoam to-go COntainers. 

“It’s simple. Tell your server you have brought your own reusable container for your leftovers. Or, ask for one of the biodegradable, low-impact Go NOCO Loco! containers made of fully compostable and rapidly renewable sugarcane fibers,” added Fleig. “And let’s not stop with Restaurant Week. Why not bring your own container year-round? We’ve trained ourselves to say ‘no’ to plastic straws, but what else can we also be saying no to?” 

 Participating restaurants will offer Go NOCO Loco! biodegradable containers from EarthX partner CircleTerra, maker of eco-friendly food service ware, including plates, cups, bowls, take-out containers, napkins and more. Consumers use a significant amount of plastic and Styrofoam for “to-go” containers that ends up in oceans and landfills. Single-use containers make up about 10 percent of all trash, with less than 14 percent of plastic packaging being recycled. Single-use food and beverage packaging is one of the largest contributors to the 269,000 tons of plastic pollution that end up in the ocean, causing harm to the climate, marine life, and ultimately our health. More than $11 billion worth of recyclable material is also thrown away in the process.

 

According to The New York Times, the main cause of the global increase in plastic production is the rise of plastic packaging. In 2015, packaging accounted for 42 percent of non-fiber plastic produced and 54 percent of plastics that get thrown away. Due to littering and poor waste management, plastics, which are not biodegradable and contain toxic hydrocarbon molecules, have had startling consequences on our world. 

 

More information on Go NOCO Loco! is available at www.earthx.org/gonocoloco, with more information on DFW Restaurant Week also available at www.dfwrestaurantweek.com

 

ABOUT EarthX 

EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival. Founded in 2011 as Earth Day Dallas by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. In 2019, the event drew over 177,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental leaders, exhibitors and 400 speakers. Earthx2020 will be held April 24 – 26, 2020 in Dallas. Visit www.EarthX.org.

 

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EarthX.org Fabien Cousteau Speaks at EarthxOcean

EarthxOcean explored the role of oceans in our lives withboth an Inland Ocean Action Summit and the inaugural Island Resilience Forum at the ninth annual EarthX in Dallas. Bringing together global island leaders, champions from the United Nations, and ocean activists, EarthxOcean helped raise the profile of marine conservation as a topic of global scope and significance.

At the Rachel Carson Banquet: Celebrating Our Oceans and Marine Life, EarthxOcean welcomed Fabien Cousteau, son of Jean-Michel Cousteau and grandson of pioneering aquanaut, ocean conservationist, and documentarian Jacques Cousteau. He was joined by Captain Paul Watson founder of the Sea Shepherd, as well as Rudy Reyes and Jim Ritterhoff, founders of Force Blue.

“There are unsung heroes that are not with us today,” said Cousteau at the event. “Those working day in and day out in the farthest corners of the world, those trying to teach our children how to take better care of our life support system – this little oasis of space we call Planet Earth.” 

The Inland Action Ocean Summit convened at Fair Park, with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) offering the opening remarks on the ocean and the heartland. Speakers discussed how to make the health of the ocean a national issue and the importance of speaking to the broadest number of people possible with Fabien Cousteau; Ben Lecomte, long distance ocean swimmer; and Danni Washington, TV host of Ocean Explorer.

The importance of the inland ocean movement was discussed on a panel with Margo Pellegrino of Paddle4Blue; Kelly Wright, chapter lead for the Wyoming Inland Ocean Coalition; and John Armor, director of National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Sanctuaries. Another panel on upstream pollution and its impact on the ocean involved Iowa farmer Seth Watkins of Pinhook Farm; Dr. Jeremy Jackson, marine biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography; and Dr. Nancy Rabalais, marine ecologist and “Dead Zone” researcher. Inland ocean issues through 2020 were explored on a panel with John Hocevar of Greenpeace on Plastic Pollution and Raleigh Hoke of the Gulf Restoration Network and Healthy Gulf.

Building a blue print for the 2020 election was addressed in various breakout sessions. How to make your legislative leaders ocean champions was discussed by Jenna Valente of the Healthy Ocean Coalition; Taylor Shedd, Inland Ocean Coalition policy manager; and Cambria Bartlett of Heirs to Our Ocean. Another session on inland youth and student organizing involved Zehra Cheatham, president of the University of Colorado; Vicki Nichols Goldstein, student chapter lead of the Inland Ocean Coalition; and Freya, Caecilia, and Jens Isenhart of Kentucky Heirs to Our Ocean. Finally, David Helvarg, executive director of Blue Frontier; Nikki Caputo, media co-chair of the March for the Ocean; and Eleanor Kerlow, senior communications advisor for Blue Frontier tackled building for 2019 Ocean Day, March for the Ocean, and the Blue/Green New Deal.

The Island Resilience Forum brought together island leaders and champions from the U.N. and around the world to tackle the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals. It focused on the development of strategic national energy roadmaps and actionable, fundable projects. The inaugural meeting brought together United Nations’ Ambassadors from Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, the Independent State of Samoa, and a delegation from Sint Maarten, led by the Minister of Justice overseeing national recovery and resilience. Other speakers included leading ocean conservationists, philanthropic champions, scientists, academic leaders, visionary filmmakers, and environmental organizations from around the globe. At the event, the Independent State of Samoa announced its intent to transition to clean, resilient energy generation.

Earthx2019 drew more than 177,000 attendees during three days of exhibitions, a film festival, music, entertainment, learning experiences, discussions, forums, and conferences. After Earthx2019, EarthX announced 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. Earthx2020 will be held April 24 – 26, 2020 in Dallas.

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ABOUT EarthX

EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival. Founded in 2011 as Earth Day Dallas by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. In 2019, the event drew over 177,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental leaders, exhibitors and 400 speakers. Earthx2020 will be held April 24 – 26, 2020 in Dallas. Visit www.EarthX.org.

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EarthX.org Felipe Calderon Speaks at EarthxMexico

 

Global Earth Day Gathering Tackled Climate Challenges Faced by our Southern Neighbor

 

EarthxMexico hosted a banquet and exhibition to recognize and celebrate the environmental efforts of the United States’ southern neighbor at its ninth annual commemoration of Earth Day. Following EarthxMexico in Mexico City last November, EarthxMexico at Fair Park extended the dialogue about our planet beyond borders as part of Earthx2019, which drew a host of more than 175,000.

 

Mexico is home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring eco-treasures, from the Meso-American Barrier Reef and the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes, to the crystal clear cenotes and underground rivers of the Yucatan. Further, as a close neighbor to the U.S., Mexico shares a more than 1,200-mile border filled with natural wonders, as showcased in this year’s EarthxFilm spotlight selection, “The River and the Wall.”

 

EarthxMexico hosted the Isidro Baldenegro Lopez Banquet: Environment Without Borders featuring Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon as keynote speaker. The program also included Lorenzo Rosenzweig, General Director of the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza; Senator Eduardo Murat Hinojosa, President of the Mexican Senate’s Commission on the Environment and Climate Change; Jim Falk, President & CEO of the World Affairs Council; and David Yarnold, President and CEO of the National Audubon Society.

“According to traditional thought, we need to choose between economic growth and tackling climate change,” said Calderon. “But, after three years of researching, with the support of the best institutions in the world and the most serious economists in the world, the Global Commission on Economy and Climate, which I had the honor to chair, reached an incredible and bold conclusion. We can do both. Yes, we can have better growth and a better climate at the same time.”

 

The EarthxMexico Pavilion highlighted transnational partnerships like the International Peace Park Project, a Texas-Mexico bi-national park, as well as Mexico’s efforts with sustainable and regenerative ranching, the MAR Reef Emergency, and clean production. Other programming showcased Mexican projects like Nanodrizas, Arcangello Constantini’s unique device that analyzes water, and the controversial Mayan Train, Mexico’s most ambitious infrastructure project in a century. Additionally, the final conversation at EarthxEnergy addressed US-Mexico energy successes and opportunities with Jack Kahan, Grupo Kahan.

“President Calderon touched on a very important point in his remarks about how we are horrifying people when we talk about climate change,” said Tony Keane, CEO of EarthX. “He made the powerful point that we need to change the narrative in favor of economic growth, job creation, and poverty alleviation. It is possible to promote economic growth, and at the same time, talk of climate change.”

 

Earthx2019 drew more than 175,000 attendees during three days of exhibitions, a film festival, music, entertainment, learning experiences, discussions, forums, and conferences. After Earthx2019, 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.

 

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ABOUT EarthX

 

EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival. Founded in 2011 as Earth Day Dallas by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. In 2019, the event drew over 175,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental leaders, exhibitors and 400 speakers. Earthx2020 will be held April 24 – 26, 2020 in Dallas. Visit www.EarthX.org.

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Nick Davis, CEO of GridMarket; UN Ambassador Aliioaiga Feturi Elisaia, Independent State of Samoa; and Matt Tranchin, Executive Director, Island Resilience Partnership

Island Nation on the Front Lines of Climate Change Partners with

GridMarket and Island Resilience Partnership to Implement Strategic Energy Initiative

 

At the inaugural Island Resilience Forum hosted by EarthX, the Independent State of Samoa announced its intent to transition to clean, resilient energy generation. The IRF is the official platform of the Island Resilience Partnership, a public-private partnership designed to help small-island developing states achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals like Samoa, an island in the South Pacific that is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. As detailed in the executed memorandum of understanding, Samoa will work with partners GridMarket and the Island Resilience Partnership to transition to a low-cost, carbon-free energy future.

 

“The EarthX mission is to connect government and businesses to help bring about solutions that will have positive impacts for the planet, in this case, for Samoa,” said Tony Keane, chief executive officer of EarthX. “We can have all the good ideas in the world, but we also need to shepherd them and convene the right parties to help them come to fruition so we can take steps now for the betterment of our future.”

“We’re honored to be the chosen vehicle for the Independent State of Samoa’s national transformation,” said Nick Davis, CEO of GridMarket. “By expanding renewable energy integration, further decentralizing the grid, increasing distributed energy storage capacity, and driving additional operating cost reductions through leading-edge technology, Samoa’s new energy economy will experience sustained growth and strengthened resiliency in the face of natural disasters.” 

EarthX brought together island leaders and champions from the U.N. and around the world at the Island Resilience Forum on Saturday, April 27. The IRF focused on the development of strategic national energy roadmaps and actionable, fundable projects like Samoa’s. The inaugural meeting brought together United Nations’ Ambassadors from Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, the Independent State of Samoa, and a delegation from Sint Maarten, led by the Minister of Justice overseeing national recovery and resilience. Other speakers included leading ocean conservationists, philanthropic champions, scientists, academic leaders, visionary filmmakers, and environmental organizations from around the globe. Attendees of the forum heard compelling calls to action and deployable solutions directly impacting the world’s most vulnerable populations.

 

“Our partnership agreement with the Independent State of Samoa reinforces the guiding principle of EarthX: action-oriented impact,” said Matt Tranchin, Executive Director of the Island Resilience Partnership. “Part of its founder’s original vision was to create a platform that could tangibly impact those communities on the front lines of climate change – and this is evidence of its influence on a global level.”?

 

In addition to the Island Resilience Forum presented by EarthxOcean, the ninth annual EarthX included three days of exhibitions, a film festival, music, entertainment, learning experiences, discussions, forums, and conferences making it, once again, the world’s largest gathering to positively discuss achievable solutions for environmental change. This year, the event attracted more than 175,000 people interested in creating a sustainable world for all living things, and a healthier planet for future generations.

 

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Cleantech Award Winner Syzygy Plasmonics - Photo from Linked In

Capital Factory Triples Award Rather Than Cut Two Clean Tech Investment Challenge Finalists, Giving Syzygy Plasmonics, Semtive, and Evolve Energy $100,000 Each

Austin’s Capital Factory awarded three early stage start-ups focused on cleantech with a collective $300,000 at EarthX‘s E-Capital Summit, tripling its initial award of $100,000. The investment committee was so impressed with the promise of the three finalists in the Capital Factory’s E-Capital Summit Cleantech Challenge that Capital Factory chose three instead of just one recipient, providing Syzygy Plasmonics, Semtive, and Evolve Energy with a valuable $100,000 of investment each.

“What a thrill to see three companies walk away from the EarthX E-Capital Summit with this kind of investment and support,” said Tony Keane, CEO of EarthX. “We know that we can have all the good ideas in the world, but we need to shepherd them and convene the right parties – private capital, financiers, early- to late-stage companies, industry thought leaders, policymakers, incubators, accelerators and researchers – to ensure they have the most substantial positive impacts on profit, people and the planet. This is the promise of EarthX, which brought together more than 175,000 people this year alone.”

Syzygy is a technology company developing a new photocatalytic chemical reactor powered by light instead of heat from burning fuel. It holds promise to revolutionize the industrial gas, chemical and energy industries by reducing cost and emissions for major commodity chemicals like fuel, fertilizer and plastic.

Semtive generates clean and renewable energy with Nemoi, a patented vertical axis wind turbine that can be installed in under an hour, operates at extremely low wind speeds, and is virtually noiseless. The system also has a built-in electricity converter that users plug into their home outlet to create their own power.

Evolve Energy uses wind and solar energy to cut up to 30 percent off monthly electricity bills, using an AI platform to automatically shift your energy usage to non-peak hours when more green energy is flowing into the grid. The Evolve app connects to a smart thermostat and other internet-enabled devices to lower costs, and can actually favor cheaper renewable energy when available.

“The EarthX E-Capital Summit has quickly become one of the most important clean tech events and conference featuring pioneers, policy makers, investors, and philanthropists,” said Bryan Chambers, vice president of the accelerator and investment fund at Capital Factory. “While Texas is well known for our contributions to the traditional oil and gas industry, we’re excited to partner with E-Capital on this investment challenge to help inform the public about all the great entrepreneurs and innovation occurring in Texas in the clean tech sector.”

In addition to the $100,000 cash investment and exposure to industry influencers at EarthX, the three winners of Capital Factory’s E-Capital Summit Cleantech Challenge will receive special access to Texas’ top entrepreneurs, be admitted to Capital Factory’s Accelerator program, gain access to the Capital Factory Mentor network, and receive six months of unlimited co-working at Capital Factory.

“We’re ecstatic that our inaugural Cleantech Challenge in collaboration with Capital Factory resulted in not one, not two, but three $100,000 investments. Texas showed up in a big way,” said Matt Myers, vice president of EarthxCapital. “EarthX’s E-Capital Summit exceeded our expectations this year. With over 65 companies participating in the Summit, we’re looking forward to reporting even more similar success stories in the coming months.”

The ninth annual EarthX included three days of exhibitions, a film festival, music, entertainment, learning experiences, discussions, forums, and conferences making it, once again, the world’s largest gathering to positively discuss achievable solutions for environmental change. As the second largest hosted event in Dallas, EarthX attracted more than 170,000 people interested in creating a sustainable world for all living things, and a healthier planet for future generations.

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‘National Geographic Photo Ark’ Exhibition Opens at EarthX in Dallas

Outdoor Exhibition Showcases Photographer Joel Sartore’s Work to

Document Every Species in Zoos and Wildlife Sanctuaries

 

The National Geographic Photo Ark, an ambitious project committed to documenting every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, opens at EarthX in Dallas on Friday, April 26. Featuring the work of National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore, the exhibition will be on display until Sunday, April 28.

Sartore estimates the completed National Geographic Photo Ark will include portraits of over 12,000 species representing several animal classes, including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. In what will be the largest single archive of studio-quality photographs of biodiversity ever, the National Geographic Photo Ark continues to move toward its goal of documenting these 12,000 species in captivity, thanks in part to Sartore’s enduring relationships with many of the world’s zoos and aquariums.

“The National Geographic Photo Ark has already inspired millions around the world with the message that it is not too late to save some of the world’s most endangered species,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of Exhibitions, National Geographic Society. “Joel Sartore has demonstrated what one man can do using the power of photography—and now National Geographic wants to inspire people all over the country to contribute to this global challenge.”

In addition to EarthxBanquets, the ninth annual EarthX will include three days of exhibitions, a film festival, music, entertainment, learning experiences, discussions, forums, and conferences making it, once again, the world’s largest gathering to positively discuss achievable solutions for environmental change. As the second largest hosted event in Dallas, EarthX attracts more than 130,000 people interested in creating a sustainable world for all living things, and a healthier planet for future generations.

More information about EarthX is available online at www.earthx.org. Members of the media interested in attending can register here.

 

 

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Earthx2019 Global Voices Headed to Dallas for the World’s Largest Celebration of Earth Day

Earthx2019 Reveals Some of the Global Voices Headed to Dallas for the

World’s Largest Celebration of Earth Day, April 26 to 28

 

A selection of the speakers for Earthx2019 has been released, suggesting a compelling lineup of influencers that will define Dallas’ celebration of Earth Day, once again expected to be the world’s largest. Four United Nations Ambassadors will join with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); three members of the esteemed Jean Michel Cousteau family; Rick Perry; Juan Manuel Santos Calderón GColIH GCB, Nobel Laureate and former president of Colombia; LeAnn Rimes; multiple Dallas Mayoral Candidates, and several others for Earthx2019. In its ninth year, EarthX strives to bring all sides to the table to help make change happen for a sustainable future.

 

“I’m pretty much a Texas Republican that wants to protect the planet – the two aren’t mutually exclusive,” said Trammell S. Crow, founder of EarthX. “EarthX is like the world’s biggest environmental salon, cutting across borders, party lines, classes, races, and ages to say, ‘Let’s get together and fix this.’ We help connect good ideas with investment, diplomatic channels, and development. We’re not just here pointing fingers, we’re working side-by-side.”

 

Expected to attend from the United Nations are Ambassador Sisilo from the Solomon Islands, Ambassador Chigiyal from the Federated States of Micronesia, Ambassador Tone from the Kingdom of Tonga, and Ambassador Feturi from the Independent State of Samoa, who will all participate in the first ever EarthX Island Resilience Forum addressing communities on the front lines of climate change. In the same current, advocates, conservationists, and documentarians Fabien Cousteau and Céline S. Cousteau will extend the conversation at EarthxOcean.

 

Bringing together an international gathering of concerned environmental citizens, educators, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and thought leaders, EarthX aims to have productive conversations to educate and drive action about water and air health, soil health, acidification of oceans and coral reefs, sustainable farming and ranching, and several other areas.

Earthx2019 will include three days of exhibitions, a film festival, music, entertainment, learning experiences, discussions, forums, and conferences to positively discuss achievable solutions for environmental change.

 

“We’re fortunate to attract people with all positions and opinions, and create a safe, neutral place for them to come together to discuss solutions for the planet,” added Tony Keane, Chief Executive Officer of EarthX.

 

Dallas mayoral candidates expected for the EarthX Mayor’s Forum on Saturday, April 27 include Regina Montoya, Albert Black, Scott Griggs, Jason Villalba, Lynn McBee, Miguel Solis, Steve Smith, and Miguel Patino.

 

More information about speakers and scheduled events to-date for Earthx2019 can be viewed at www.earthx.org. The event will run April 26 to 28, 2019 at Fair Park as well as other locations in Dallas.