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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 Earthx for their partnership and support. Our "sister" event, produced in Dallas, Texas, is known as the world's largest Earth Day celebration.

Reed Sternberg

Executive Director

512-535-3885


This is Reed's seventh year directing Earth Day in Austin and his seventh year as Co-Host of The Shades of Green Radio Show, celebrating 11 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

512-788-2996


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!"

Susan McCleary

Program Manager

512-772-9994


Susan holds a Masters in Environmental Sustainability and a Masters in Geoscience Research, both from University of Edinburgh. Originally from Texas, she has spent the last half decade working and traveling globally in the environmental science and food justice fields. Her latest endeavors include working as a Geoscience Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and as a food justice researcher for the Center for World Indigenous Studies. She currently resides in Austin with her two sons and her two dogs.

Andrea Alfaro

Operations Manager

214-714-2511


Andrea graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where she studied Geography and Business. During her time at UT, she was involved in sustainability initiatives on campus and implemented a composting program in the student unions. Most recently, she was a Sustainability Coordinator for the UT Athletic Department, where she worked on zero waste programming for sporting events including Texas Baseball, which achieved a zero waste season (the first D1 baseball team in the nation to have done so!). Her hobbies include volunteering, encouraging others to reduce their environmental impact, and exploring local restaurants.

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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