Enjoy earth day festivities in the Dallas Arts District with Earth Day Dallas, is a nonprofit organization led by environmentalist Trammell S. Crow and other community leaders, to catalyze Dallas’ own unique green movement. Events at this two day event include award-winning cinema, world renowned speakers, local brews and entertainment will delight festival-goers for two full days in the heart of downtown Dallas. With hundreds of local businesses and nonprofits engaged, Earth Day Dallas leaders forecast the 2011 celebration will go down as the biggest and most impactful Earth Day celebration in the history of Dallas and, perhaps, the country. There are approximately 150 different vendors that highlight green technology, products, services and research. There will also be a beer garden serving local craft brews and hall wine for festival guests 21 and over. This family friendly event does not allow pets.
Dallas: a stinky city?
In 2009, Forbes named Dallas the 11th most toxic city in America for its poor air quality, lack of clean water and high rate of environmental hazards. Earth Day Dallas officials say that now is the time for Dallas to collaborate and reshape the way Dallas functions as a green city.
Last year, downtown Dallas hosted earth day activities but this year it’s a larger more organized affair with more education, demonstrations, along with fun activities for the whole family.
Their website, earthdaydallas.org, includes the full schedule of exciting earth day activities and events. Also, “Like” their facebook pageor follow their twitter page @EarthDayDallasfor up to the minute updates.
Events and Activities
Events will take place in the Dallas Arts District which is on Flora Street between Harwood and Routh in downtown Dallas, between the Dallas Museum of Art and One Arts Plaza. Hours will run from 10 AM to 5 PM on Friday, April 22, from 10 AM to 5 PM and Saturday, April 23rdfrom 10 AM to 5 PM. For complete schedule of events and times please visit earthdaydallas.org.
Friday, April 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- William B. Rogers, president and CEO of The Trust for Public Land
- David Crane, president and CEO of NRG Energy
- Laura J. Huffman, director of The Nature Conservancy of Texas
- Pete McCloskey, former California State Representative who coauthored the Endangered Species Act of 1973
- Jim Martson, director of the Texas regional office of the Environmental Defense Fund
For a full list of speakers and their bios, visit the earthdaydallas.orgsite.
- Into the Cold: A Journey of the Soul, Q&A with filmmaker Sebastian Copeland, conducted by Michael Cain, chairman of the board of the Dallas Film Society
- The New Frontier: Sustainable Ranching in the American West, Q&A with filmmaker Irene Klaver
- Deep Green plus The Krill is Gone and Trees, Q&A with filmmaker Matt Briggs
- Graceland Ninjaz
- The O’s
- Kirk Thurmond
- Dem Southernfolkz
- Environmental Protection Agency Recycled Fashion Show
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Henry Henderson, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Midwest office
- Dorka Keehn, author of Eco Amazons: 20 Women Who Are Transforming the World
- Larry Hagman, “Dallas” and “I Dream of Jeannie” actor and solar panel advocate
- Katharine Hayhoe, founder and CEO of ATMOS Research and climate change expert
For the Kids: Story Time and Short Films
- Reading of The Lorax by Christine Allison, president of D Magazine
- Simon Says “Let’s Stop Climate Change!”
- Django Walker
- Dallas School of Rock
- Larry Hagman
- Kidz Bop
- Texas Instruments Jazz Band
- The King Bucks
- Power class for adults
- Big Brothers Big Sisters session
Admission, Transportation and Parking
Admission is free, but you may have to pay for parking which can range anywhere downtown from $5.00 to $10.00. Dallas is served by reliable transportation services. To reduce your carbon footprint please utilize the following resources. Be part of the solution!
Bryan St and Pearl St. (Pearl Station)
The MATA (McKinney Avenue Transit Authority)
Note: Bike Racks available at Booker T. Washington School (East Side/ on Routh)
Earth Day Dallas sponsors include Chevrolet, Bring it On!, D Magazine, TXU Energy, Central Market,
Bank of America, Community Waste Disposal, Crescent Real Estate, Green Mountain Energy, Trinity
Industries, Eco Dallas and E-Waste Disposal.