AUSTIN (KXAN) - Actor Adrian Grenier, who starred in the HBO series, Entourage, will be among the featured speakers at SXSW Eco in October, event organizers announced Wednesday.
Grenier will be joined by actor-filmmaker Peter Glatzer and numerous others at SXSW Eco, which runs Oct. 7-9 at the Austin Convention Center. Grenier and Glatzer are co-founders of the digital media platform SHFT, which seeks "to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through video, design, art and culture," according to its website.
The SXSW Eco conference will focus on "furthering innovation and action around sustainability initiatives," according to the announcement. Register online by Friday.
Here's more on SXSW Eco speakers and events from the announcement:
- Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will deliver opening remarks that will serve as a call to action for business, civil society and government to demonstrate their support for a global climate treaty aimed at stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere to avoid catastrophic global climate change. Figueres presides over the annual UNFCCC meeting of all UN member states known as the COP or Conference of the Parties. A tireless advocate for action on the world’s rising carbon emissions, Figueres will pave the way for a conference experience united by a common desire for innovation, collaboration and breakthrough solutions.
- Founders and executives from leading organizations the likes of Seventh Generation, Method and Change.org will tackle issues around consumer behavior change, sustainable packaging practices of the future, the rise of for-profit social entrepreneurship and the success of online campaign platforms in uniting communities with causes to create social change.
- Experts in urban conservation will weigh in on the panel “How to Futureproof Cities,” exploring the urgent need and opportunity for cities to understand and invest in urban conservation in a time when megastorms and other natural disasters are causing more destruction than ever before and an increasing percentage of the population are moving to these urban areas. The panel will include key insights from distinguished leaders like Daniel A Zarrilli, Director of Resiliency from the Office of the Mayor in New York City.
- Leading voices in the field of energy will explore this year’s highly controversial documentary, Pandora’s Promise in the panel, Pandora’s Pathway. The film, which has sparked debate between energy experts, environmentalists and the general population with its message of nuclear power as the vital energy solution, will also have a special screening at SXSW Eco.
- Food and agriculture programming include addressing world hunger with scientific solutions like in-vitro meat and 3D printing and enabling big city access to fresh, organic foods through urban gardening and partnering local farms with corner stores. Additionally, at Eco’s Edible Walls Party, set to take place the evening of October 8th, diners will create their own appetizers by picking fresh ingredients off a living wall garden in a uniquely interactive “wall to table” experience.
- The Policy Action Track presented by Bloomberg BNA, a leading source of legal, regulatory, and business information for professionals, will address some of the major themes laid out in the most current version of the National Climate Assessment with panelists who are working front and center on these issues such as Michael Brune, CEO, Sierra Club; Doug Bennett, Southern Nevada Water Commission; and Laura Miller, Summit Power.
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