EcoPlex was founded by a group of dedicated thought leaders, who share a common vision of developing a futuristic complex where humankind can holistically and collaboratively tackle the daunting ecological and environmental challenges that we face on a global scale. These business and community leaders all share a practical concern for our home – Earth.
Fort Worth would become a center for innovation, while promoting societal and economic resiliency, and de-politicizing sustainability.
–Green Source DFW
Advisory Council Members:
Robert Ahdieh, Dean, Law School, Texas A&M School of Law
Michael Bennett, Architect & Consultant
Michael Brennan, Executive Director, Near Southside, Inc.
Gene Giovannini, Chancellor, Tarrant County College
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, International Symphony Director
Bob Jameson, President, Visit Fort Worth
Becky Johnson, P.G., Environmental Science and Hydrology, Texas Christian University
Jonathan Kraatz, Executive Director, US Green Building Council of Texas
Dr. Kent Scribner, Superintendent, FWISD
Andy Taft, Executive Director, Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
Manuel Tapia, Fort Worth Actor, current work – “Twelve Mighty Orphans”
Meghna Tare, Chief Sustainability Officer, the University of Texas at Arlington
Elizabeth Waddill, Conservation Advocate
Andrew Walker, Executive Director, Amon Carter Museum
Hannah Walker, Vice President of Sinclair Digital, LLC
Ann Zadeh, Community Leader and former councilmember, City of Fort Worth
Advisory Council Ex-Officio:
Dana Burghdoff, Assistant City Manager, Fort Worth
Advisors and Consultants:
Kenneth Barr, Barr Consulting Group
Linda Pavlik, President, Pavlik & Associates
John W. Maloney, President, Maloney Strategic Communications
Kirk Millican, Architect, Freese & Nichols
Caitlin Davis, Program Director, Outreach and Media
Trustees of Board:
Joseph Horn, President – Attorney & Mediator
Robert West, Secretary – Partner and Real Estate Attorney, Whitaker Chalk
Cynthia Powell – Clinical Instructor, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, George Washington University
Ed Schneider, retired CEO and President, Botanical Research Institute of Texas
John Howard, Founding Trustee
TAKE THE ECO-CHALLENGE
#1 My family and I recycle our trash, so we are doing all we can, right?
Did you know that 70% of waste in the U.S. is recyclable? Sadly, estimates are that only 5% of our wastes are actually recycled. Plus, many wastes not considered recyclable are compostable! Coffee grounds make an excellent fertilizer.
#2 Will planting more trees save the earth?
In 2018, the world emitted an estimated 37 billion tons of carbon dioxide. We need an additional five billion grown trees to counteract just the current carbon dioxide production. With eight billion people in the world. We need to each add a net gain of five trees. Good luck….
#3 Are Fossil fuels the cause of global warming?
The correct answer may be that people are the cause of global warming. Moreover, as much as we like to blame the fossil fuel industry, soil degradation puts up to 12X the amount of CO2 into the atmosphere. This means that the answer is more complex, and requires more holistic action.