Thought Leaders: EarthX

Q+A | Musings on innovation from the region's paradigm-shifting companies and organizations

EARTHx IS A SPONSOR OF DALLAS INNOVATES 2018, AN ANNUAL SPECIAL EDITION 


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EARTHx is the place where environmentally conscious organizations, businesses, and educational institutions come together to celebrate, as well as share conservation practices and sustainable solutions that will make a difference today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter. Learn more in our Q+A below.

What is innovation to you?

Innovation is change, alteration, upheaval, transformation, metamorphosis, breakthrough, modernization, newness, creativity, originality, and ingenuity—sometimes for good, sometimes for bad, and sometimes with unintended consequences. 

Tell us about EARTHx.

At EARTHx, we are perpetually innovating in our efforts to gather concerned citizens, educator’s businesses, non-profits, and global leaders at the world’s largest environmental forum.

North Texas is home to some of the most cutting-edge and innovative companies in the country. What can this be attributed to?  North Texas embodies the “can-do spirit” found throughout the state. Trammell S. Crow started his commitment to the environment when he founded the Texas Business for Clean Air PAC.  He was able to garner the support of 200 business leaders, and his coalition ultimately prevented the construction of several coal-fired power plants. This was an eye-opening experience for Mr. Crow and lead to his founding Earth Day Texas in 2011.

A global platform

EARTHx is the place where environmentally conscious organizations, businesses, and educational institutions come together to celebrate, as well as share conservation practices and sustainable solutions that will make a difference today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter.  This past April, Earth Day Texas attracted over 115,000 visitors, 850 exhibitors, and 250 speakers over three days.  Not only have we created a strong foothold in the state and region, we are beginning to drive a national audience as well, with more than 5,000 visitors coming from out of state in 2017.  As a result, we’ve rebranded ourselves as EARTHx to grow into a truly global platform, right here in the state of Texas.

How does the region’s access to higher education impact your ability to compete? 

The region’s access to universities makes it a perfect location for this type of event.  Universities are constantly looking for clean tech alternatives, and we give them the opportunity to present at our expo. With the introduction of the Blackstone Launchpad at UT Dallas, DFW is growing more students, entrepreneurs, and early-stage ventures than ever before. 

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This story first appeared in Dallas Innovates 2018, an annual magazine that showcases Dallas-Fort Worth as a hub of innovation. Read more about the region’s game changers, disruptors, creatives, and our new frontiers in the digital edition.

DALLAS INNOVATES 2018: READ THE DIGITAL EDITION

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