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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.

 

 

ABOUT the National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. We support educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. We aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

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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. 

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EarthX Unveils Line-up for Earthx2019

The World’s Largest Earth Day Celebration Hits Fair Park April 26-28, 2019

 

EarthX has unveiled its lineup for Earthx2019, to be held April 26 to 28, 2019 at Fair Park in Dallas, bringing together an international gathering of concerned environmental citizens, educators, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and thought leaders to celebrate global sustainability. The ninth annual EarthX event 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.

 

“We’re looking forward to another incredible event this year as global voices of all ages, interests, political affiliations, and backgrounds convene in Dallas to discuss how we can work together to create a sustainable world for all living things; and a better, cleaner, healthier planet for future generations,” said Trammell S. Crow, founder of EarthX. “I think we can agree that it’s in our best interest to talk and take action now – the sooner we pose the right questions, the sooner we arrive at the right solutions for air health, soil health, acidification of oceans and coral reefs, sustainable farming and ranching, and so many other areas.”

 

Earthx2019 will host the EarthxConference series, including nine different conferences to explore the full gamut of environmental positions and perspectives in a balanced atmosphere. Encouraging learning, connection and collaboration, EarthxConference will bring together mission-driven advocates, investors, accelerators, researchers, and other concerned world citizens. EarthxConference includes:

 

E-Capital Summit, an investment Forum where private capital engages with environmental technology leaders alongside an Innovation Expo with exhibits from pioneering technology companies, incubators, accelerators, national labs, and universities. 

 

EarthxLaw, a symposium that will address water quality issues like drinking water for cities, climate change and water, and oceans, touching on offshore energy, plastics, transportation, and ocean acidification.

 

EarthxTransportation, hosted in partnership with Transportation Energy Partners and The Nature Conservancy, convening transportation experts sharing ways to reduce harmful emissions and achieve maximum fuel efficiency in vehicles.

 

EarthxFuture500Summit, the signature event of Future500, attracting leaders from non-government, corporate, philanthropic, investor, and policy communities. The Summit will help build broader capacity for collective action to advance systemic solutions to environmental and social challenges.

 

EarthxOcean will address the role oceans play in our lives with both an Inland Ocean Action Summit and the first Island Resilience Forum. Bringing together island leaders and champions from the United Nations and around the world, the Island Resilience Forum will work towards scalable and comprehensive energy roadmaps, as well as actionable and fundable projects for communities on the front lines of climate change.

 

EarthxCities will assemble the community and business leaders preparing for environmental impacts, like the increasing number of natural weather disasters. The one-day event will address resilience planning and evolving practices, solutions, and decisions with public officials, recognized experts, and experienced practitioners through plenary sessions, panel discussions, and networking activities.

 

EarthxUniversity will bring university students affiliated with BridgeUSA together with influencers from business, government, and academia. The two-day assembly will bridge the political divide impeding constructive political action that prevents our collective environmental concern from translating into a multi-partisan movement. Incorporating the 30 Under 30: The Green Generation awards, EarthxUniversity will recognize young activists, business leaders, and innovative thinkers, who will also participate in panels discussing ocean/water, wildlife, conservation, land management, clean energy, sustainability, and climate solutions.

 

EarthxEnergy will gather politicians and industry leaders to discuss the latest in clean energy efforts with briefings on current initiatives and policies. Topics will include produced water management strategies and emission reduction technologies.

 

EarthxMilitary will host policy makers and members of the military and national defense industry presenting solutions for security challenges and clean tech. One key conversation will be the health and environmental issues affecting those actively deployed for relief efforts during natural disasters or when environmental problems spark violent conflicts.

 

EarthxFilm returns April 19 to April 28, again using the power of film and emerging media to raise awareness of environmental and social global issues. This year, the festival will present more than 60 feature and short documentaries at screenings and events across the city of Dallas, culminating with the opening of EarthX.

 

EarthxGlobal Gala will be an eco-star-studded evening celebrating progress, hope, and innovation in the global shift toward a sustainable and secure future. Benefitting year-round educational activities and environmental awareness, the evening will culminate by honoring environmental heroes and change-makers with the Global Impact Awards.

 

EarthxHack is the world’s premier environmental innovation competition. Participants and sponsors, including some of the brightest technical minds of today, will sit at the intersection of innovation, technology and the environment for 24 hours to create groundbreaking solutions that address the problems of tomorrow.

 

EarthX now includes nine conferences and several separate on-site meetings bringing together more diverse global perspectives than have ever been involved in a collective discussion about the future of our planet,” added Tony Keane, Chief Executive Officer of EarthX. “Fifty years ago, Earth Day didn’t even exist. But, here we are in 2019 with the world’s largest Earth Day event convening once again in Texas of all places. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to discover what can be done to make positive and real environmental change happen for all of us.”

 

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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 2018, the event drew over 138,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental leaders, 700 exhibitors and 400 speakers. Earthx2019 will be held April 26 – 28, 2019 in Dallas. Visit www.EarthX.org

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EarthX CEO Tony Keane

EarthX is proud to announce the appointment of Tony Keane as chief executive officer. With international leadership in the built environment and sustainable facility management, Keane has developed environmental solutions that matter for the nation and the world. After conducting a nation-wide search, EarthX, a Dallas-based environmental organization, selected Keane as the best business leader to take the EarthX mission global.

 

A certified association executive with significant experience in the nonprofit sector, Keane served for more than eight years as the president and chief executive officer of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), leading the organization through a period of tremendous growth. During his tenure, Keane increased the organization’s membership by 40 percent and tripled international membership to 30 percent of the total. Keane led a global staff of 70 and managed a $16 million budget that covered conferences and exhibits, credentialing, membership, government affairs and content curation. Most notably, he transformed the organization’s emphasis from conventional facility management to managing state-of-the-art smart, green buildings using the latest standards of energy efficiency and sustainability. IFMA launched the first credential on sustainable facility management under Keane’s leadership.

 

“EarthX made a strategic choice to hire a CEO with a business background, rather than an activist or individual with deep knowledge in a single environmental field, given our organization’s strong participation from business and industry interests, unique among environmental events,” said Trammell S. Crow, founder and chairman of EarthX. “We’re pleased to bring Tony Keane on board to drive our expansion toward Earthx2020, the 10th year of EarthX and Earth Day’s 50th anniversary. Our planet is at a critical point where change is not just something we can dream or talk about – it is our reality, and citizens across the globe need to make adjustments.”

 

Buildings are currently responsible for 70 percent of electricity usage and 30 percent of emissions nationwide. With EarthX headquarters located in Dallas, a major international center of the real estate industry, Keane’s expertise in developing responsible facilities managers will be especially valuable.

 

“I am honored to be selected as CEO of EarthX at this critical juncture. I look forward to making EarthX the must-attend event for the environmental sector by developing year-round engagement and impact," said Tony Keane.

 

In its ninth year, EarthX is becoming more national and international, and is experiencing rapid growth in attendance and reputation. Keane will integrate the dozen EarthX conferences, environmental exposition, film festival, hackathon, investment forum and solutions workshops. Additionally, under Keane’s leadership, EarthX will amplify its engagement of businesses, government, academic institutions, non-profits and the general public to make positive, impactful change for the environment.

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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 2018, the event drew over 138,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental leaders, 700 exhibitors and 400 speakers. Earthx2019 will be held April 26 – 28, 2019 in Dallas. Visit www.EarthX.org.

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CHARGED "Bionic" Chef Eduardo Garcia

“Goes Great With” a Q&A and Taco Throwdown After the Film Featuring Chef Garcia Himself

 

DALLAS (October 8, 2018) – Earthx2018, the largest Earth Day celebration in the world, will mark Half-Earth Day on October 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with a screening of the film CHARGED featuring its star, Chef Eduardo Garcia. The inaugural Dallas commemoration of Half-Earth Day will also include a Q&A and Taco Throwdown with Chef Garcia himself.

 

The Half-Earth Project is an initiative of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation to commit half of the planet’s surface to nature. If we as global citizens conserve half the Earth’s lands and seas, then we can reverse the species extinction crisis and ensure the long-term health of our planet. Driving research and providing leadership to guide conservation efforts, The Half-Earth Project engages people to participate broadly in the goal to conserve Half-Earth.

 

CHARGED, which premiered in Dallas at EarthxFilm in 2018 chronicles Chef Garcia’s recovery from being jolted by 2,400 volts of electricity after prodding a dead bear in 2011. The incident nearly killed Chef Garcia, already a celebrated chef at the time, and led to a painstaking recovery during which doctors were forced to remove his arm, and his body was left with significant permanent injuries.

 

“One of our primary aims with EarthX is to bring the left and the right together in the name of the environment,” said Trammell S. Crow, founder of EarthX. “To this end, we’re honored to celebrate Half-Earth Day 2018 by sharing an environmental voice like Chef Garcia’s, which entwines a love for the outdoors through activities like hunting with a passion for preserving nature’s delicate balance. Sharing what that means with the up-close-and-personal experience of his harrowing encounter is the perfect way to ‘keep Earth Day in our hearts the year through’ this Half-Earth Day.”

 

Now known as the “bionic chef”, Chef Garcia has maintained an intimate relationship with nature to help him cope with the rehabilitation of his physical and emotional injuries – both in the kitchen and in the backcountry.

 

The extent of Chef Garcia’s recovery in the kitchen will be showcased in Dallas before the film with a Q&A and Taco Throwdown, which will be offered free of charge to the first hundred Half-Earth Day patrons who are watching the film. The event will also provide free boxed water to all, because, after all, it is EarthX.

 

Concurrent with the Half-Earth Day Dallas celebration, EarthX will host a special screening of THE HUMAN ELEMENT for its inaugural Half-Earth Day Los Angeles at The Landmark on Pico Boulevard from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The film highlights the often-overlooked victims of environmental change, including fisherman, firefighters, soldiers, children, coal miners and homeowners. Following the screening, EarthX will host a Call to Action Q&A with acclaimed photographer James Balog and filmmaker Matthew Testa. Half-Earth Day Los Angeles is being presented as a joint effort of EarthX, EarthxFilm, EarthVision Film, EarthVision Institute, Creative Visions, Global Green and Waldorf 100 to educate and inspire action for a sustainable future.

 

Visit www.EarthX.org to reserve your spot to mark Half-Earth Day in Dallas or Los Angeles.

 

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ABOUT EarthX

EarthX strives to be the leading global connector to positively impact our world for a sustainable future. Formerly Earth Day Texas, EarthX hosts the largest environmental expo, conference and film festival in the world in Dallas. Founded in 2011 by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 5013 nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness by curating an atmosphere for conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. In 2018, the event drew 137,700 attendees, nearly 700 exhibitors and more than 400 speakers. Earthx2019 will be held April 19 – 28, 2019. Visit www.EarthX.org.