Texas A&M University will bring together 13 of its departments and agencies who will participate in Earth Day Texas, a three-day event set for April 22-24 at Fair Park in Dallas that will focus on numerous activities and projects that impact the environment.
Earth Day Texas has evolved into the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest policies, products, discoveries, research and corporate practices that are shaping the world. It will feature a wide variety of businesses, academic institutions, government agencies, environmental organizations and speakers, and attendees can experience dozens of outdoor activities during the three-day event.
“Earth Day Texas is the largest event of its kind in the world,” explains Casey Oliver, regional manager with the Provost Office of Texas A&M University’s Public, Partnership & Outreach division.
“Our participation in this national platform gives us the opportunity to share our expertise and engage in meaningful conversations with thought leaders, professionals, students and citizens at large, in hopes of making a difference in our communities. It is at the core of who we are as Aggies – people who influence change and take action for the public good.”
Oliver says there will be 26 booths highlighting sustainable environmental opportunities, and educational programs for students from elementary through high school.
“Our goal is to create a fun, educational atmosphere to show attendees what they can do to help protect the Earth by showcasing the latest innovation and research happening at Texas A&M,” she notes.
Texas A&M and its affiliates will be well represented at the event, with booths, speakers and interactive displays from the Colleges of Geosciences and Architecture, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the Texas A&M School of Public Health, the Texas A&M Center for Applied Science, Texas A&M AgriLife and the Texas A&M Health Science Center.
Car lovers will be attracted to dozens of eco-friendly automobiles and can participate in rides, while do-it-your-selfers can learn about new products and services for homes and gardens that can save energy and water. Those who are hungry and thirsty can try the Savor Sustainable food pavilion and the Untapped Sustainable Beer Garden made from energy-efficient breweries.
One Earth Designs will show the newest trends in solar power ways to combat air pollution in homes, while other displays will focus on the benefits of tiny houses, lawn and garden tips, ranching and soil health, wildlife conservation, infrastructure and industry and numerous other displays and booths. A “Fishackathon” will show viewers the newest developments and issues affecting fisheries.
Earth Day, established in 1970, is considered the birth of the environmental movement.
Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, was inspired to start Earth Day after he witnessed a massive oil spill in 1969 off the California coast. His goal was to get people thinking and energized about the environment, the effects of water and air pollution and other issues impacting Earth.
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 was a huge success and eventually led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Act.
Motivated to make an impact on the environment and affect change, Dallas developer Trammell S. Crow founded Earth Day Texas in Dallas in 2011. In four years, Crow and his team transformed a small city-run environmental fair to the nation’s largest Earth Day exhibition, bringing people and organizations together to create a greater awareness and understanding of our environment.
Crow is also the founder of the Texas Business for Clean Air, an organization of prominent business leaders throughout Texas who are committed to matters that affect air quality in the state. Crow has received many accolades for his work, most recently, he was named Texas A&M University School of Public Health’s inaugural Public Health Hero award.
Earth Day Texas is free and open to the public. For more about Earth Day Texas, including daily schedules, events, booths, displays and other key information, go to http://earthdaytx.org/.