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Earth Day is bigger in Texas

FWBP Staff

Everything’s bigger in Texas, even Earth Day.

The world’s largest Earth Day exposition and eco-conference returns April 19-23 to Fair Park in Dallas.

Officially extending its time frame to include events before the Earth Day weekend of April 22-23, Earth Day Texas (EDTx) has several components:

• EARTHxFilm – EDTx’s inaugural film impact festival will showcase films and emerging media that explore conservation, science and the environment and honor those working to protect the planet.

• EARTHACK (April 21-23) – 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 include appearances by celebrity judges.

• E-Capital Summit (April 20-23; by invitation or application only) – Coproduced by PRIME Coalition, Austin Technology Incubators and EDTx, ECapital Summit features workshops, forums, networking and an expo where mission-driven investors, foundations, family offices, incubators, national laboratories and cutting-edge early-stage clean technology companies come together to promote the growth of environmentally conscious technology.

• Simulcast summit (April 21-23) – EDTx has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution for a 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,” said 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 tasting attraction returns with top North Texas chefs, restaurants and distributors crafting fresh, healthful, sustainable and chef-inspired foods.

• Sustainable Beer Garden – It features 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 tiny homes for visitors to explore.

There will be three tiny house “villages” in Fair Park, including a college student showcase displaying the tiny houses students 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.

Last year’s EDTx exposition at Fair Park showcased nearly 800 exhibitors, 250 speakers and more than 130,000 attendees at 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,” said Brown. “With all of our new programs and conferences, we anticipate over 150,000 attendees.”

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