Sustainability Summit

12th Annual Sustainability Summit

Be the Change: Conscious Action Creates Purposeful Change

Sustainability Summit logo - Dallas College Sustainability Summit, Be The Change  

This year’s Sustainability Summit is focused on encouraging everyone to “be the change.” Join Dallas College for a day-long event on sustainability, highlighted by two keynote speakers who have inspired people to “be the change” in recent years.

Bestselling author Seth Godin and activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez will share their stories and messages in building a more sustainable society. Additionally, those in attendance – in-person or virtually – can take part in a number of other workshops to become more sustainable on a daily basis.


Date, Time and Location

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Dallas College Brookhaven Campus
Performance Hall (C Building)
3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75244

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Advocate, leader, activist and hip hop artist

Seth Godin

Seth Godin

Organizer, instigator and coordinator of The Carbon Almanac: It’s Not Too Late


Dallas College News: 2022 Dallas College Sustainability Summit Invites You To Be the Change You Wish To See

8:30-9 a.m.

Registration & Meet with Exhibitors

9:15-9:30 a.m.

Performance Hall (C Building)

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Keynote Message with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Performance Hall (C Building)

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Q & A with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Performance Hall (C Building)

11-11:45 a.m.

Be the Change in the Community Panel
Performance Hall (C Building)

Work for change in your community! The majority of environmental change-makers agree that the most accessible way to make a positive impact on the environment is to vote for policymakers who care about the environment. We all have the power to make an impact in the community by voting, and being an active, engaged citizen – getting involved in your local community and democracy at all levels. Learn from a panel of nonpartisan organizations about how you can use your vote and how your voice can make a difference.

Rudy Bush, editor of The Dallas Morning News editorial page will moderate this session. He will discuss the results of their new research which indicates that Americans agree on much more than we realize. He will be joined by Barbara Larkin, vice president of voter services who will discuss the challenges and opportunities voters face in the future and Ania Henderson, community ambassador of the Citizens Climate Lobby, who will discuss bipartisan climate legislation her non-profit is advocating for with national legislators.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Lunch & Meet with Exhibitors


  • The Carbon Almanac
  • Oncor
  • Trane
  • Wear Em Out Tees


  • City of Dallas - Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Action Plan
  • City of Dallas - Environmental Commissioners
  • City of Dallas - Urban Agriculture
  • City of Dallas - Water Utilities
  • City of Farmers Branch-Sustainability and Public Health
  • Dallas College - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • EarthX
  • Natural Awakenings Dallas Metroplex Magazine
  • North Texas Master Naturalist Chapter
  • North Texas Renewable Energy Group
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
  • Town of Addison
  • Women in the Environment
  • United Electronics Recycling, LLC
  • University of Texas at Dallas Mints Lab
  • U.S Environmental Protection Agency Region 6

1-1:45 p.m.

Breakout Session #1
Performance Hall (C Building)

Note: Only the breakout session in Performance Hall will be livestreamed.

2-2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session #2
Performance Hall (C Building)

Note: Only the breakout session in Performance Hall will be livestreamed.

3 p.m.

Keynote Message with Seth Godin
  • Seth Godin Organizer, instigator and coordinator of The Carbon Almanac: It’s Not Too Late 

3:45-4 p.m.

Q & A with Seth Godin

4 p.m.

Closing remarks

Attendees will have the opportunity to add two breakout sessions to their summit schedule. Each breakout session will address an area where conscious changes can be made toward leading a sustainable life.

Breakout sessions will be repeated two times during the day.

In the Environment

This breakout session is your opportunity to learn from local agriculture experts about what’s possible in sustainable agriculture from small scale sustainable farmer to larger scale hydroponics.

Join Neil Kaufman, Assistant Director of Sustainability for Urban Agriculture at Dallas College, Michael Bell, Owner and Operator of Dallas Half Acre Farms, and Drew Demler, Director of Horticulture at Big Tex Urban Farms as they discuss what they do, the impact our decisions have on the natural environment, and how you can begin or enhance your own journey in sustainable food production.

On Our Travels

The way we travel has a significant impact on our personal carbon footprint. Any form of transportation that uses fossil fuels contributes to climate change, and although it is impossible to eliminate traditional forms of travel, we can reduce our impact substantially by educating ourselves on sustainable alternative ways to move. Sit in on our panel of travel experts as they share what their organizations are doing to be more sustainable and hear their recommendations on how you can be an environmentally conscious traveler.

Local transportation and mobility expert Bud Melton (Halff Associates, special projects) will moderate a sustainable transportation session. Panelists include Hans Michael Ruthe, Chief Transport Planner at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Clint Hail, Transportation Planner, Transportation Technology and Innovation Program, North Central Texas Council of Governments and Kevin Overton, manager of Air Quality Initiatives at the City of Dallas.

In the Home

In this session you will learn how making changes in the home can contribute positively to the environment. Ask questions to green building experts and take away tangible methods that will make your home, or business energy conscious.

Randy Boys, Oncor electric delivery strategy and technology manager, will moderate a session with tips for making your home more efficient. Panelists include Lisa Roark, Program Manager, Turn Compost, Susan Alvarez, Assistant Director of the City of Dallas Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability and Mark Witte, chair, North Texas Renewable Energy Group (NTREG)

With Our Wallets

Do you think about the products you buy everyday? What makes you choose a certain brand, versus another? Is it price, convenience, or quality? When was the last time you bought a product because you knew it was good for the environment? In this session you will learn how to use your purchasing power for good! Sustainable purchasing is making sure that the products and services we buy achieve value for money with the lowest environmental impact and most positive social results. Sit in on our panel of experts as they discuss how we can consciously choose products that are good for our environment, without sacrificing low prices, convenience, or quality.

Todd Larsen, Executive Co-Director for Consumer and Corporate Engagement, Green America
Mary Elizabeth Sheehan, The Carbon Almanac, will moderate.

At Work

Hear change-makers from higher education, public, and private sectors discuss how to initiate sustainable programs and practices in your organization.

Brandon Morton, Assistant Director of Sustainability Operations for Dallas College will moderate a session on making changes for sustainability at work or within your organization.

Panelists include:
Jeff Kavanaugh, Chief Learner and Sharer, Infosys Knowledge Institute and author of the new book, “Practical Sustainability,” which is a “practical guide to unlocking the $2.5 trillion business boom.”
Eric Johnson, Executive Vice President of US-Ecologic the largest provider of energy efficiency and green building service for single and multi-family developers in the world.
Kathryn Bazan, Chair, City of Dallas Environmental Commission

Disclaimer: Thoughts expressed in this program are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dallas College or entities it represents. Read the full legal notice

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The Carbon Almanac (TCA) logo
Oncor logo
TRANE logo
US-EcoLogic logo
Turn logo
Wear Em Out Tees logo
EarthX logo
GreenSource DFW logo
Natural Awakenings logo
North Texas Renewable Energy Group logo
Regional Centre of Expertise logo
Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) logo
Women in the Environment logo