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Event Schedule

Friday | 11:00 AM

Katharine Hayhoe & Jenni Vanos

Keynote Address to Dallas-area Students
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Friday
Start Time:
11:00 AM
End Time:
11:30 AM
Location:
Embarcadero Building

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a nationally renowned atmospheric scientist and associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Dr. Jenni Vanos is an assistant professor in the Atmospheric Science Group of the Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech University. These two experts will bring science to life for high school students visiting EDTx for a field trip.

Friday | 1:00 PM

Katharine Hayhoe & Jenni Vanos

Keynote Address to Dallas-area Students
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Friday
Start Time:
1:00 PM
End Time:
1:30 PM
Location:
Embarcadero Building

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a nationally renowned atmospheric scientist and associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Dr. Jenni Vanos is an assistant professor in the Atmospheric Science Group of the Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech University. These two experts will bring science to life for high school students visiting EDTx for a field trip.

Friday | 2:00 PM
State of Dallas' Environment

State of Dallas' Environment

Experts: Kevin Lefebvre, Theresa O'Donnell, & Kirk Teske
Category:
Panel
Date:
Friday
Start Time:
2:00 PM
End Time:
2:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 1

Dallas is a city beginning to embrace its environment and natural surroundings. There is a movement to make the city more walkable and bike-friendly, to incorporate greenery and sustainable design, and protect the Trinity River and Great Trinity Forest. Come hear about everything on the horizon for Dallas and it’s environment.

Ted Roosevelt IV

Keynote Address
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Friday
Start Time:
2:00 PM
End Time:
2:30 PM
Location:
Esplanade

Ted Roosevelt IV is the great grandson of the American president and celebrated conservationist of the same name. Roosevelt is a managing director in Investment Banking at Barclays, based in New York. He currently serves as chairman of the firm’s Clean Tech Initiative. Roosevelt is also board chair of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), Secretary of The Climate Reality Project, and much, much more.

Friday | 2:15 PM
A Real Conversation About Oil and Gas Regulation

A Real Conversation About Oil and Gas Regulation

Featuring Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton and Pioneer Natural Resources
Category:
Panel
Date:
Friday
Start Time:
2:15 PM
End Time:
3:00 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 2

Friday | 3:00 PM
Georgetown Goes Green

Georgetown Goes Green

Experts: Dale Ross, Chris Foster, Joshua Long, & Jim Briggs
Category:
Panel
Date:
Friday
Start Time:
3:00 PM
End Time:
3:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 1

Georgetown surprised the nation when it planned to switch to 100% renewable energy for all customers in the city-owned utility, one of the first cities in the U.S. to do so. Experts will discuss the city’s decision and why renewable makes good economic sense.

Friday | 3:15 PM
Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity: Recycling Communities

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity: Recycling Communities

Experts: Tiffany A. Young & Bill Hall
Category:
Panel
Date:
Friday
Start Time:
3:15 PM
End Time:
4:00 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 2

Dallas Habitat Bill Hall leads a panel of civic and corporate leaders in a discussion of how to work with broad coalitions to rejuvenate, rebuild and rejoice in communities.

Friday | 3:30 PM
Karenna Gore

Karenna Gore

Keynote Sit-Down with Jarid Manos
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Friday
Start Time:
3:30 PM
End Time:
4:00 PM
Location:
Esplanade

Karenna Gore is Director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. She received an M.A. in Social Ethics from Union, a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an A.B. degree from Harvard University. She previously worked as a lawyer and as Director of Community Affairs for the Association to Benefit Children. She is the author of Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America. She lives in New York City with her three children.

Friday | 4:00 PM
State of the Environment: Central Texas

State of the Environment: Central Texas

Experts: Debbie Kimberly, Anita Ledbetter, Rick Luna, Brewster McCracken, & Douglas Melnick
Category:
Panel
Date:
Friday
Start Time:
4:00 PM
End Time:
4:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 1

From Austin to San Antonio, the Texas hill country boasts some of the lushest habitat in the entire state. There are deep caves, endangered species, rolling hills, and dense forests. Listen to this panel to learn what central Texas cities are doing to go green and protect their natural inheritance.

Friday | 4:15 PM
Hydrogen Homes and Microgrids

Hydrogen Homes and Microgrids

Experts: Mike Strizki, Roy McAlister, Stan Osserman & Paul Ponthieux
Category:
Panel
Date:
Friday
Start Time:
4:15 PM
End Time:
5:00 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 2

Hydrogen gas has the potential to be a renewable energy source of unprecedented power. Already, engineers are constructing houses, cars, and businesses around the possibility. Come hear from hydrogen power pioneers as they talk about their adventures into building with hydrogen.

Saturday | 10:00 AM
Moms Making a Difference

Moms Making a Difference

Tina Beattie, Laura Turner Seydel, Gretchen Dahlkemper, & Susan Pacheco. Moderated by Anna Clark
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
10:00 AM
End Time:
10:45 AM
Location:
Centennial Hall

From the beginning of the environmental movement when Lois Gibbs spoke out against Love Canal, mothers have led the charge against environmental health hazards. This panel will talk about the current generation of mother activists and the wrongs they are working to right.

Saturday | 11:00 AM
Colorado Conservation

Colorado Conservation

Experts: Steve Bonowski, Frank Flocke, Luka Powanga, & Sandra Vanderstoep
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
11:00 AM
End Time:
11:45 AM
Location:
Automobile Building 1

This rocky mountain state is known for extreme sports, natural beauty, and a penchant for outdoor lifestyles. It should come as no surprise, then, that there is a concentration of individuals and organizations doing outstanding work for the environment in Colorado’s breathtaking mountain ranges.

Forestry: The importance of trees

Forestry: The importance of trees

Experts: Steve Houser, Micah Pace, Rocco Saracina
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
11:00 AM
End Time:
11:45 AM
Location:
Centennial Hall

Forests and trees are some of our most precious natural resources. They absorb carbon, produce oxygen, and help cool the planet. This panel will reveal all the cool things you didn’t know about trees and how you can protect them!

Profits & Purpose

Profits & Purpose

Experts: Cheri Chastain, Garrett Boone, Thomas Day, & Erin Meezan
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
11:00 AM
End Time:
11:45 AM
Location:
Automobile Building 2

In this conversation, three responsible business powerhouses will share their secrets to making a profit while protecting people and the planet. Our experts include: Garrett Boone, co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Container Store and chairman of TreeHouse; Cheri Chastain, sustainability manager at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.; and Erin Meezan, Vice President of Sustainability at Interface.

Rebirth of Local Agriculture

Rebirth of Local Agriculture

Experts: Brian Coppom, Susie Marshall, & Amanda Vanhoozier
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
11:00 AM
End Time:
11:45 AM
Location:
Grand Place

The average American meal travels roughly 1,500 miles before it reaches the dinner plate. Locally grown food, on the other hand, has a much lower carbon footprint and supports economic growth at home. What’s not to like? This panel discusses the local (and organic!) agriculture renaissance in North Texas and how you can get in on the action.

The Solar Car Challenge

The Solar Car Challenge

With Lehman Marks
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
11:00 AM
End Time:
11:45 AM
Location:
Tower Building

Dr. Lehman Marks is the president of the Solar Car Foundation, which runs the Solar Car Challenge, a program designed to motivate students in science, engineering, and alternative energy. Marks has had a long and impressive career in education in Dallas and now works full time for the Solar Car Challenge.

Saturday | 11:30 AM
Leilani Münter

Leilani Münter

Keynote Address
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
11:30 AM
End Time:
12:00 PM
Location:
Esplanade

Leilani Münter is a biology graduate turned race car driver and environmental activist. She believes it is essential for humans to adapt and evolve the way we are living to a sustainable way that does not destroy the world around us. Leilani is an advocate for renewable energy, solar power, electric cars, plant-based diet and animals. Leilani wants our future to be a cleaner and kinder world.

Saturday | 12:00 PM
Air Quality Monitoring

Air Quality Monitoring

With Robert Jacob and David Lary
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
12:00 PM
End Time:
12:45 PM
Location:
Tower Building

Dr. Robert Jacob, computational climate scientist at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, and Dr. David Lary, associate professor of physics at UT Dallas, are testing ways to map air quality and pollution in metropolitan areas. Come learn from these two scientists how they are using data and technology to positively impact human health.

Future of Agriculture: New Harvest, Vertical Farming, & Aquaponics

Future of Agriculture: New Harvest, Vertical Farming, & Aquaponics

Experts: Isha Datar, Lori De La Cruz, & Alaric Overbey
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
12:00 PM
End Time:
12:45 PM
Location:
Grand Place

Violet UV lights, tilapia waste, and shipping containers full of lettuce: could this be the future of agriculture? In this panel, learn about the technologies that are shaking up the way we grow and think about food.

Ocean Conservation

Ocean Conservation

Experts: Shelley DuPuy, James Heldt, Dustin Picard, Brooke Sadowsky, & Michelle Sluis
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
12:00 PM
End Time:
12:45 PM
Location:
Centennial Hall

The world’s oceans are home to some of the world’s most diverse ecosystems, largest animals, and deepest secrets. These experts will talk about how we can protect these fascinating creatures and undersea places.

Real Estate, Green Design, and Architecture

Real Estate, Green Design, and Architecture

Experts: Chris Mundell, Peter Pfeiffer, & Jorge Vanegas
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
12:00 PM
End Time:
12:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 1

How can we design sustainability into our everyday lives? Experts in real estate, design, and architecture will discuss how we can build a greener future.

State of Arizona's Environment

State of Arizona's Environment

Experts: Colleen Crowninshield, Scott Feierabend, & Mark Tate
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
12:00 PM
End Time:
12:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 2

Arizona is a land of grand majesty and home to wonders like the Grand Canyon and the Sonoran Desert. It is also home to groundbreaking environmental research and organizations changing the way we see the world. Come hear from Arizona’s finest about everything happening in the Grand Canyon State.

Saturday | 1:00 PM
Amory Lovins

Amory Lovins

Rocky Mountain Institute
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
1:00 PM
End Time:
1:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 2

Amory Lovins is an American consultant experimental physicist and 1993 MacArthur Fellow who has been active at the nexus of energy, resources, economy, environment, development, and security in more than 50 countries for over 40 years. He is widely considered among the world’s leading authorities on energy – especially its efficient use and sustainable supply. Lovins cofounded Rocky Mountain Institute and is still its Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus.

Community Transit: Urban Trails and Urban Rails

Community Transit: Urban Trails and Urban Rails

Experts: Tim McKay, Shelly White, & Bud Melton
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
1:00 PM
End Time:
1:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building

Dallas has traditionally been a city of highways and car lovers. That is slowly changing as urban and city planners embrace public transportation and walkability at the city center and beyond.

David Yarnold

David Yarnold

The National Audubon Society
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
1:00 PM
End Time:
1:45 PM
Location:
Centennial Hall

David Yarnold is president and CEO of the National Audubon Society, a conservation organization that connects nearly 4 million people using science and education. During his tenure, he led a turnaround that has expanded the Audubon’s effectiveness while building on the organization’s strong conservation legacy. Yarnold will talk about building a movement, the importance of conservation, and why everyone should care about birds.

Laura Turner Seydel

Laura Turner Seydel

Keynote Sit Down with Chip Comins
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
1:00 PM
End Time:
1:30 PM
Location:
Esplanade

Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate, eco-living expert, and chair of Captain Planet Foundation, an organization that promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide. She is also a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water, and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and is currently the chair of the board. In 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Smarter Cities

Smarter Cities

Experts: Tim Fleming, Romelia Flores, Jennifer Sanders, & Brian Steiner
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
1:00 PM
End Time:
1:45 PM
Location:
Tower Building

Smarter cities of all sizes are capitalizing on new technologies and insights to transform their systems, operations, and service delivery. Competition among cities to engage and attract new residents, businesses and visitors means constant attention to providing a high quality of life and vibrant economic climate. Come listen to the experts who are engineering better cities for better lives around the world!

Saturday | 2:00 PM
Constance Adams

Constance Adams

Space Architect
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
2:00 PM
End Time:
2:45 PM
Location:
Tower Building

Constance Adams is a space architect who designs habitats for human missions to Mars and working with the International Space Station program. While her work concentrates on designing for extreme environments, her work has many implications for sustainable life here on Earth. This is one talk you will definitely want to hear!

Fracking, Earthquakes, and Local Rights

Fracking, Earthquakes, and Local Rights

Experts: Adam Briggle, Alan Brundrett, Lynda Stokes, & Matthew Hornbach
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
2:00 PM
End Time:
2:45 PM
Location:
Centennial Hall

Oil and gas production within city limits and new extraction technologies have sparked debates about local rights and possible geological consequences across Texas and the US. This panel will discuss all of these questions and put a human face on many of these highly-debated questions.

New Urbanism and Urban Planning

New Urbanism and Urban Planning

Experts: Wick Allison, William Rogers, Jack Matthews, & Brent Brown. Moderator: Anna Clark
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
2:00 PM
End Time:
2:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building

New Urbanism is an urban planning movement focused on sustainable design, green building, and walkability. This panel will discuss the innovative ideas influencing the Dallas skyline.

Shawna Coronado:

Shawna Coronado:

Therapeutic Wellness
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
2:00 PM
End Time:
2:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 2

Shawna Coronado is an author, columnist, blogger, photographer, and spokesperson dedicated to speaking internationally on living a green lifestyle, organic gardening, and culinary arts. Coronado will show her extensive gardens and tell how she has used garden therapy, an anti-inflammatory diet, and exercise to overcome the daily debilitating pain associated with Spinal Osteoarthritis.

The GMO Debate: How do we feed a growing world?

The GMO Debate: How do we feed a growing world?

Experts: Russell Boening, Julie Borlaug, Steven Druker, & Howard Vlieger
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
2:00 PM
End Time:
2:45 PM
Location:
Grand Place

There are few debates as fierce in the food world right now than the question of using Genetically Modified Organisms (or GMOs) to feed a rapidly growing and changing world. This panel will examine both sides of the issue so you can decide what you think about the GMO versus Non-GMO question.

Saturday | 2:30 PM
Guro Grytli Seim

Guro Grytli Seim

Keynote Address: One Earth Designs
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
2:30 PM
End Time:
3:00 PM
Location:
Esplanade

Guro Grytli Seim is the co-founder and COO of One Earth Designs. Ms. Seim has won several awards for her work within solar energy and has come all the way from Norway to present at the event. One Earth Designs is a global clean-tech start-up that is providing the pioneering solar stove SolSource. Due to the company’s sustainable business practices, One Earth Designs has gained the “Best for the World”​ ranking from B-Corp three years in a row.

Saturday | 3:00 PM
Advocacy and the Clean Power Plan

Advocacy and the Clean Power Plan

Experts: Lon Burnam, Clay Jenkins, Gene Karpinski, Luke Metzger, & Smitty
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
3:00 PM
End Time:
3:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 1

The Clean Power Plan is a regulatory step towards reducing carbon pollution from power plants. Several state governments contested the rule, including Texas, which has one of the highest air pollution rates in the country. Experts will discuss the pros and cons of the rule as well as how to speak up for a sustainable energy future.

Honeybees: Protecting the pollinators

Honeybees: Protecting the pollinators

Experts: Ryan Giescke, Erich Pica, Brandon Pollard, & Susan Pollard
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
3:00 PM
End Time:
3:45 PM
Location:
Grand Place

Pollinators, like bees, are critical to the growth of flowers and plants, including important staple food crops. Their populations are also highly threatened by pesticides, warming climates, and habitat destruction. Join this expert panel as they discuss the importance of these winged creatures and what we all can do to protect them.

Justin Wren

Justin Wren

Water4 & Fight for the Forgotten
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
3:00 PM
End Time:
3:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 2

Justin Wren is best known for his successes as a UFC fighter in mixed martial arts. Wren is also an advocate for the Mbuti Pygmy people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a spokesperson for Water4, an organization that trains local entrepreneurs to start their own businesses and bring water to their communities around the world.

Ocean Pollution

Ocean Pollution

Experts: Lia Colabello, Markus Reymann, Jeremy McKane, & Pamela Plotkin
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
3:00 PM
End Time:
3:45 PM
Location:
Centennial Hall

The World Economic Forum has estimated that, at current rates of pollution, there will be more plastic than fish in terms of weight in the oceans by 2050.

The Sponge Bikini

The Sponge Bikini

Inventors Mihri Ozkan & Cengiz Ozkan
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
3:00 PM
End Time:
3:45 PM
Location:
Tower Building

Mihri Ozkan is a professor in the department of electrical engineering at University of California, Riverside and has invented a sugar-based swimsuit that cleans the ocean as you swim. Ozkan, who developed the technology with her husband Cengiz, developed the material and worked with Eray Carbajo to shape it into a 3-D printed swimsuit. The wearable technology took first place in the international design competition Reshape 2015. This is a tech talk you will not want to miss!

Saturday | 4:00 PM
EPA Food Recovery: Turning waste into opportunity

EPA Food Recovery: Turning waste into opportunity

Experts: Stephen Sturdivant, Golam Mustafa, Jackie Anderson, & Douglas Keller
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
4:00 PM
End Time:
4:45 PM
Location:
Grand Place

Food waste is a huge, but solvable, problem. Globally we probably waste around four billion tons of food every year while there are 870 million undernourished people in the world. Experts will discuss how we can turn our waste into a solution for this global problem.

Green Seal Sit Down

Green Seal Sit Down

With Arthur Weissman & Renewal by Anderson
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
4:00 PM
End Time:
4:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 1

Arthur Weissman is president and CEO of Green Seal, a nonprofit certification organization that gives consumers a standard with which to evaluate the sustainability of the products and services they purchase. Weissman will sit down with Renewal by Anderson to discuss the sustainability and certification for businesses and consumers!

High School Debates

Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
4:00 PM
End Time:
4:45 PM
Location:
Tower Building

The finals of the high school debates that will be happening at Earth Day Texas will be held in Tower Building at 4:00 PM.

Sustainability at 50,000 Feet

Sustainability at 50,000 Feet

Experts: Ryan Spicer and Kris Russell
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
4:00 PM
End Time:
4:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 2

There are nearly 2 million people that travel by plane and through airports in the U.S. every, single day. That’s 2 million disposable coffee mugs, plastic water bottles, or plastic lunch containers day in and day out. This panel will discuss how airports are tackling sustainability head-on.

The Importance of Wild Places

The Importance of Wild Places

Experts: Steve Bonowski, John Herron, Scott Feierabend, David Jenkins, & Wendel Withrow
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
4:00 PM
End Time:
4:45 PM
Location:
Centennial Hall

For centuries, people have escaped to the wilderness to counter the stress of their increasingly urban, technologized, and modern lives. This panel will explore the importance of wild places for people, wildlife, and the planet as a whole.

Saturday | 5:00 PM
Caring for Mother Earth: It's all about gender equity

Caring for Mother Earth: It's all about gender equity

Experts: William Ryerson and Bob Walker
Category:
Panel
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
5:00 PM
End Time:
5:45 PM
Location:
Centennial Hall

Experts project that the world population will increase by 2.5 billion over the next 35 years. Bill Ryerson, president of the Population Media Center, and Bob Walker, president of the Population Institute discuss why population growth is the single greatest environmental challenge of our time…and why elevating the status of girls and women is the solution.

Leesa Carter

Leesa Carter

Captain Planet
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
5:00 PM
End Time:
5:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 2

Leesa Carter is the executive director of The Captain Planet Foundation, an organization dedicated to high-quality programs that empower youth to become global environmental change-makers. Carter was formerly the executive director of U.S. Green Building Council Georgia Chapter and serves on the Atlanta Recycles steering committee.

Steven Druker

Steven Druker

The Unacceptable Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Saturday
Start Time:
5:00 PM
End Time:
5:45 PM
Location:
Grand Place

Steven M. Druker is a public interest attorney who initiated a lawsuit against the FDA that forced it to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods. This revealed that politically influenced administrators had covered up the extensive warnings of their own scientists about the unusual risks, misrepresented the facts, and then ushered these products onto the market in violation of explicit mandates of federal food safety law.

Sunday | 11:00 AM
Cowboy Land Stewardship: Protecting the Prairie

Cowboy Land Stewardship: Protecting the Prairie

Experts: Bill Fox, Robert Gregory, Michael Martin Murphey, & John Taylor
Category:
Panel
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
11:00 AM
End Time:
11:45 AM
Location:
Centennial Hall

Land stewardship is a long-standing tradition in the American West, with ranchers and landowners adapting their land management to function as part of the prairie ecosystem. Experts will explore the latest generation of cowboy land stewardship.

Designing for a Healthy Future, Inside & Out

Designing for a Healthy Future, Inside & Out

Experts: Laura Britt, Mary Dickinson, & Katherine Snedecker
Category:
Panel
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
11:00 AM
End Time:
11:45 AM
Location:
Automobile Building 2

Discussion will cover how design decisions impact the health of our home environments now, and in the future. Get an overview of how home furnishings relate to many sustainability issues, including deforestation and other contribution to CO2 emissions, and the compromise of air quality in our homes, and learn from the experts how you can make choices that ensure a healthy future, inside and out.

Mike Strizki

Mike Strizki

Hydrogen House Project
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
11:00 AM
End Time:
11:45 AM
Location:
Automobile Building 1

Founder of the Hydrogen House Project, Mike Strizki served as Project Engineer for over 16 years with the Office of Research and Technology in the New Jersey Department of Transportation where he developed renewable energy technologies.

Tiny House Movement

Tiny House Movement

Experts: BA Norrgard, Nina Zamudio, Alek Lisefki, Alexis DeHart Stephens & Darin Zaruba
Category:
Panel
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
11:00 AM
End Time:
11:45 AM
Location:
Grand Place

There is no doubt that the Tiny House Movement has captured America’s imagination. What’s not to love about beautiful design and the satisfaction of living as sustainably as possible? Come hear tiny house advocates talk about what it is really like to downsize and live a large life in a small space!

Sunday | 11:30 AM
Sally Ranney

Sally Ranney

Keynote Address
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
11:30 AM
End Time:
12:00 PM
Location:
Esplanade

Sally Ranney has dedicated her life to protecting the genetic archives of the planet. Over the past three decades she has worked to secure conservation custody for millions of acres of wild places in the Western US, Alaska, Chile, Argentina, Africa, Canada, and in the Amazon. Ranney is currently president of the American Renewable Energy Institute.

Sunday | 12:00 PM
An Intro to Residential, Commercial, & Utility-Scale Solar

An Intro to Residential, Commercial, & Utility-Scale Solar

Experts: Frank McGovern, Michael Martin, Ali Samana, & Brad Stutzman
Category:
Panel
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
12:00 PM
End Time:
12:45 PM
Location:
Tower Building

Think of this panel as solar energy myth busters. It will be the chance to learn how this important and fascinating energy source can apply to your daily life.

Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts of America

With Pat Currie
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
12:00 PM
End Time:
12:45 PM
Location:
Centennial Hall

Pat Currie is the scout executive and CEO of Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America. Currie will talk about the positive impact scouting can have in the lives of young men and women and why the environment and stewardship are such important tenants of scouting leadership.

Changing Energy Policy

Changing Energy Policy

Experts: John Hall, Charlie Hemmeline, Joseph Natowitz, Mark Soutter, & Paul Westbrook
Category:
Panel
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
12:00 PM
End Time:
12:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 1

With the advent of new technologies like solar, wind, geothermal, and more, the landscape of energy is changing every day. Are we on our way to a clean energy economy? This panel will look at the successes, the obstacles, and the seriously cool innovations making it all possible.

Donna Letier

Donna Letier

Gardenuity and Home Gardening
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
12:00 PM
End Time:
12:45 PM
Location:
Grand Place

Donna Letier is a founder of Gardenuity, a Dallas-based company using social selling to sell gardening and garden-related products to consumers who may have never grown a plant before. Learn about Gardenuity’s “from patio to table” motto and how even the inexperienced gardener can grow food at home.

Hunter Lovins

Hunter Lovins

Economics for the Anthropocene
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
12:00 PM
End Time:
12:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 2

Hunter Lovins is the president and founder of Natural Capital Solutions (NCS), a non-profit that develops innovative and practical ways to increase efficiency and environmental practices for corporate and government clients. Within the United States, Lovins has consulted for the Presidential Cabinet, Department of Defense, EPA, Department of Energy, numerous state and local agencies, and many, many more.

Sunday | 1:00 PM
Climate Change

Climate Change

Experts: Matthew Hornbach, Kristin Wegner, and Becca Hatheway
Category:
Panel
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
1:00 PM
End Time:
1:45 PM
Location:
Centennial Hall

You’ve probably heard the term “climate change” by now. But do you really understand what it’s all about? Learn the facts and how climate change is affecting the world around us from leading experts.

Earth Tank Judging

Earth Tank Judging

Category:
Panel
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
1:00 PM
End Time:
4:00 PM
Location:
Tower Building

Earth Tank Prize, an initiative of Earth Day Texas in concert with the Dallas Festival of Ideas (DFOI) will award a total of $25,000 in prize money to three environmental nonprofit groups with important conservation and sustainability projects in Texas. Judging of the selected finalists will be held on Sunday, April 24 at Earth Day Texas.

John Wolf

John Wolf

Backyard Medicine
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
1:00 PM
End Time:
1:45 PM
Location:
Grand Place

John Wolf is a farmer and forager at Wolfsong Farm, where clean, seasonal food and medicinal tea is grown and wild-crafted without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers. In his talk, Wolf will explain what medicinal herbs and cures can be foraged right out of your backyard!

Sunday | 2:00 PM
Air Quality: Health and Hazards

Air Quality: Health and Hazards

Experts: Frank Flocke, Robert Griffin, Gretchen Dahlkemper,& Natalie Johnson
Category:
Panel
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
2:00 PM
End Time:
2:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 1

Smog, indoor air quality, and airborne pollutants have a very real impact on health around the globe. It affects people from China, where cities experienced record dangerous air days in 2015, to right here in Dallas-Fort Worth, which is the 7th most polluted city in the nation when it comes to ozone. Come hear experts discuss this critical issue for Texas.

Ellen Prager Invites you to Dive In

Ellen Prager Invites you to Dive In

Adventures in Ocean Science and Tales from the Sea
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
2:00 PM
End Time:
2:45 PM
Location:
Centennial Hall

From her books and adventures, author and marine scientist, Dr. Ellen Prager will share stories and images that blend ocean science with entertainment. Learn while you laugh and be amazed by the ocean’s strange creatures, their whacky lifestyles, and why marine organisms are critical to both the ocean and human society. See how you can help preserve the sea and get a sneak peek at Dr. Prager’s soon-to-be-released book, Stingray City, the third book in her fiction series for middle graders, Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians. The first book, The Shark Whisperer, has been called “…an underwater Harry Potter.”

Military and the Environment

Military and the Environment

Experts: Eric Wolters, Darla Gomez, & Meg Reyes
Category:
Panel
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
2:00 PM
End Time:
2:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 2

‘Sustainability’ might not be the first word you think of when someone mentions the United States military, but the armed forces are actually a major proponent of renewable and sustainable technologies. Attend this talk to learn about what the military is doing to promote these technologies as well as minimize and mitigate their affects on the natural environment.

Trash Talk: Recycling 101

Trash Talk: Recycling 101

Experts: Heather Douglas, Corey Troiani, Murray Myers, & Sara Nichols
Category:
Panel
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
2:00 PM
End Time:
2:45 PM
Location:
Grand Place

We all know we should recycle… but do you really understand why it matters? Do you know the difference between recycling and upcycling? What about wishcycling? Our recycling gurus will reveal the secrets to making recycling an easy part of everyday life.

Sunday | 2:30 PM
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Keynote Address
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
2:30 PM
End Time:
3:00 PM
Location:
Esplanade

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s has reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Mr. Kennedy, the nephew of American president John F. Kennedy, was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. Mr. Kennedy serves as Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and President of Waterkeeper Alliance.

Sunday | 3:00 PM
Shobhita Soor

Shobhita Soor

Eat Your Crickets!
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
3:00 PM
End Time:
3:45 PM
Location:
Grand Place

You won’t want to miss Shobhita Soor, Chief Impact Officer and co-founder of Aspire, a company that aims to address food security in the world’s urban slums through insect farming. The long-term vision of Soor and Aspire is to celebrate, innovate, and advance responsible farming and healthy eating of insects.

The True Value of Water

The True Value of Water

Experts: Judith McGeary, Irene Klaver, & J. Kevin Ward
Category:
Panel
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
3:00 PM
End Time:
3:45 PM
Location:
Centennial Hall

From wild-running rivers to wastewater treatment plants, water is so embedded in our lives that in places like Dallas, we often take our access for granted. This panel will explore water’s true value, both physically and spiritually.

Urban Cycling: Sharing the Road

Urban Cycling: Sharing the Road

Experts: Gottfried Laubichler, Bud Melton, & Robin Stallings
Category:
Panel
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
3:00 PM
End Time:
3:45 PM
Location:
Automobile Building 1

How can motorists and cyclists share the road to promote greener transportation and enhance safety? That’s what this panel seeks to find out by discussing the bikes versus cars debate as it applies to Dallas and beyond.

Sunday | 4:00 PM
Fishackathon: Judging of Final Creations

Fishackathon: Judging of Final Creations

Category:
Panel
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
4:00 PM
End Time:
6:00 PM
Location:
Centennial Hall

Volunteer coders, technologists, and designers will spend the entire weekend developing solutions to fish-related problems. At the end of the hackathon, teams will present their work and an expert panel of judges will nominate a winner from each site, eligible for worldwide grand prizes.

Melanie O’Neill

Melanie O’Neill

Composting
Category:
Special Guest
Date:
Sunday
Start Time:
4:00 PM
End Time:
4:45 PM
Location:
Grand Place

Melanie O’Neill has been playing in the dirt for years, so she decided to earn her Master Composter designation through the City of Irving’s program. Now she teaches others how to get started composting in their backyards. Interested in composting but not sure where to begin? Come hear Melanie speak on Sunday to get you started!

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EDTx 2016 confirmed and planned event programming. Additional programming will be posted weekly through April 1, 2016 and the confirmed event schedule will be posted at that time.

EDTx Sponsors
  • BNSF Railway Company
  • Arborilogical Services, Inc.
  • Oncor
  • Vizient
  • Texas Farm Bureau
  • Living Earth
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