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 economic, ecological, and technological challenges that we face with a global impacts. These business and community leaders all share a practical concern in our future generations ability to enjoy our home – Earth.

“[This] would become a center for innovation, while promoting societal and economic resiliency, and de-politicizing sustainability.”

–Green Source DFW

Officers of Board of Directors:

Joseph Horn, Project Leader, Mediator, and International Attorney

Gloria Lett, Vice President and General Counsel of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Cynthia Powell, Mindfulness Trainer and Asst. Prof., College of Lifestyle Health Sciences, UNT-HSC

Ed Schneider, former President, Botanical Research Institute of Texas and former national Director, Center for Plant Conservation

Robert West, Of Counsel, Whitaker and Chalk, PLLC

Advisory Council Members:

Michael Bennett, Architect & Consultant, Bennett Partners

Joni Carswell, Executive Director, Texan by Nature

Suzanne Dixon, VP Mississippi Flyway, Audubon

Jonathan Kraatz, Executive Director, U.S. Green Building Council of Texas

John W. Maloney, President, Maloney Strategic Communications

Linda Pavlik, President, Pavlik & Associates

Terry Shultz, Founder, Women in the Environment

Maria-Teresa Velasco, ret’d, Discovery Networks Latin America

Elizabeth Waddill, Founder, Ederan Foundation, & Chair, National Parks Conservation Assn.

Andrew Walker, Executive Director, Amon Carter Museum

In Memoriam:

John Howard, Founding Trustee


#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.