Earth Day Austin is the largest sustainability event in Central Texas. On April 22, 2017, thousands from the Austin Area and beyond will come to learn about conservation and sustainable solutions, celebrate our love for the environment, and get connected to the best and most innovative green businesses and organizations. We are proudly a 501C3!

With family and friends, attendees explore rich, in-depth programming, exciting new activities and engaging exhibitions that allow them to discover new connections to the environment and environmental issues. Inspired by their experiences and interactions, participants are empowered to make new sustainable choices that enhance their lives while helping the planet.

We would like to acknowledge and thank Trammell S. Crow and Earth Day Texas for their partnership and support. Our "sister" event, produced in Dallas, TX is known as the world's largest Earth Day celebration.

Reed Sternberg

Executive Director


This is Reed's sixth year directing Earth Day in Austin and his sixth year as Co-Host of The Shades of Green Radio Show, celebrating 10 years of broadcast. Reed was co-founder of the Texas Green Network, the first green Chamber of Commerce in Texas and one of the first in the nation. He oversaw and represented TGN for 6 years, while over 3,000 participants collaborated. Growing up in Reed's "hippy media family" provided early exposure to environmental topics such as nuclear and solar power, the importance of transparency and very early exposure to microphones and cameras. Having worked with a long list of environmental leaders and organizations, the common denominator in his work is creating infrastructure and community that accelerates movement toward sustainable human development.
"Immersive! Interactive! Let's brainstorm."

Janis Bookout

Outreach Manager


Janis Bookout has over 10 years of experience in small business development (with a focus on marketing, branding and systems), 5 years experience in elementary teaching, and 16 years of experience in personal and professional development. She entered environmental work in 2012 when she began consulting for Austin EcoNetwork (Austin's curator of all things environmental) and then became project coordinator of an EPA-funded city-wide project on food waste prevention and recovery. She also is co-founding a global citizen's climate initiative called 2020 or Bust.
"And it's only my second cup!"

Brandi Clark Burton

Program Manager


Brandi (aka EcoBrandi) grew up in Austin has a reputation as an active civic leader, a trusted green advisor, an inspiring public speaker and a powerful agent of change. Both a Yale and Leadership Austin alum, she has been voted “Best Environmentalist” four times in the Austin Chronicle’s readers' poll, won the International Women's Day Environmental Award, and earned numerous other accolades. The Austin Business Journal said, “If Austin had one green ambassador, it would be Brandi."

As a serial social entrepreneur she has launched more than a dozen new companies, organizations and first-time city-wide events such as Austin EcoNetwork, Citizen Gardener, Austin CarShare, Food Shift Austin and It's My Park! Day. Brandi has also produced numerous city-wide green events including Austin Earth Day Festival starting in 2000. Brandi recently served for two years as a Senior Policy Advisor to Austin Mayor Steve Adler and is now excited to return to full-time environmental work with Earth Day Austin and Rocky Mountain Institute.
"I'll take that on!"

Evy Adamson

Operations Manager


Evy Adamson Operations Manager After logging two years of experience in the Peace Corp in Zambia, Evy came to Austin to work for Texas Parks and Wildlife. She wrote reports allowing Camacho Activity Center to receive a Texas Parks and Wildlife COOP Grant, supervised yearly grant for at-risk teen outreach program, designed adventure outdoor program curricula and managed adventure and environmental programs for adults and children.
"I'm absolutely certain about that!"

Bakunzi Matemane

Born to a Jamaican mother and Congolese father in London, England, Bakunzi Matemane has spent 10 years as Co-Founder at The Amber Factor a brand strategy & premier management company dedicated to delivering their clientele, time management solutions, professional services and an enhanced lifestyle. Bakunzi has over 20+ years experience in hospitality and as a brand strategy consultant. Bakunzi has focused on building trust and a reputation, ensuring the successful execution and ongoing management of clients's events and projects working Europe, the Caribbean and of course the United States.

Bakunzi has a track record of helping people deliver results, increased productivity and successful outcomes. One of his life goals is to create a global network of professionals, part of a travel service that allows travellers to enjoy a fun filled vacation while donating two days out of their trip to give back to a local community in anyway they choose to.

When Bakunzi isn't working he enjoys, film, house music.Causes he is passionate about donating to and seeking solutions for are: Education, Violence against women and children and Cultural equality.
"my formula for life is: desired outcome + the effort we put in = the way it is"

Natasha Madison

Natasha believes in Austin. Growing up there, she has over 17 years experience in entrepreneurship, business development and innovative sustainability centered solutions. Natasha has recently seen her personal story and business career converge in advocacy work for East Austin and enthusiastic Community Outreach for Earth Day ATX.
"Life is for the living, even if it hurts sometimes, do it anyway"

Intern Team

Meet the interns! Our interns are the most dedicated, hardworking group of people committed to helping organize and run the most exciting green event in Austin. All of our interns take priority in preserving the environment and developing networking and professional skills to become effective members of the working/non-profit world.

Makenzy Bullard (left), Zach Harmon (bottom left), Akshata Sastry (bottom middle), Saskia Van Adrichem (bottom middle), Emily Guerra (bottom right)
"How can I help?"
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