Earth Day Texas will be showcasing more than 800 green exhibitors April 26-27 at the Eco Expo in Fair Park in Dallas.

Photos courtesy of Earth Day Texas.



 


April 22, 2014

By Julie Thibodeaux

DFW has been celebrating Earth Day all month long. This weekend boasts the grand finale with Texas’ biggest eco-fest, Earth Day Texas, April 26-27 at Fair Park in Dallas. 

The eco expo, formerly known as Earth Day Dallas, has grown along with its name, with more than 800 exhibitors filling the indoor and outdoor exhibit space, along with speakers, a film fest and entertainment.

Organizers say they are expecting 60,000 visitors to the fourth annual free family event.

To stay up-to-date on the festival, new this year is the Earth Day Texas App, which features the 2014 schedule, map and exhibitor guide along with statewide environmental information. 

Below are some festival stops to take in. Be sure to save room in your schedule for Prairie Fest in Fort Worth on Saturday too – the wildflowers are ready for their closeup.

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River Tales

Go see Chad Pregracke, the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year, who organizes cleanups across the U.S. through his nonprofit, Living Lands & Waters. Hear Pregracke’s inspiring story Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Automobile Building.


Hollywood Greenie

Meet longtime green celebrity Ed Begley Jr., who is currently filming On Begley Street, a Web series chronicling the building of his new LEED Platinum home. He talks Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1p.m. in the Automobile Building.



Wild Child

Naturalist David Mizejewski, a TV and radio personality, author and blogger, promotes the National Wildlife Federation's mission to protect wildlife and connect with nature. Catch him Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Automobile Building.



Little House on the Prairie

Dallasite Beth Ann “B.A.” Norrgard has brought the Tiny House movement to DFW with her 112-square-foot home, which you can see in Centennial Hall.

Read the Green Source DFW article.






 E-cycle

Test ride an electric bike from Austin-based Rocket Electrics in the Big Tex Circle. Enter to win one of four bikes being given away.




Globetrotting

Earth Day Texas will have its 60-inch and 32-inch OmniGlobes on display. These two digital spheres will display about 180 animations ranging from the worldwide weather patterns that triggered Hurricane Katrina to the continental drift that produced today’s seven continents. 

Read the Green Source DFW article.


Play Date

Play on energy seesaws, a human hamster wheel and a swing set that allows you to generate enough energy to make your own snow cone.



 

 


Crowdsourcing

The Earth Day Texas closing ceremony features the choral symphonic pop rock band from Dallas, The Polyphonic Spree. The event starts at 6pm with opening act Howler, Jr., a band made up of graduates from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Attendees can pick up their wristbands for the concert on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Earth Day Texas indoor information booths. Free.


Julie Thibodeaux is the Managing Editor for Green Source DFW. Previously, she worked as an editor and writer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Contact her at Julie@greensourcedfw.org.

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    Apr 23, 2014