Sustainability summit returns to Brookhaven

Mykel Hilliard, Opinions Editor

Dallas College’s 12th annual Sustainability Summit is set to take place Friday, Nov. 4 at the Brookhaven Campus Performance Hall.

Two keynote speakers, bestselling author Seth Godin and activist Xiuhtezcatl “X” Martinez, will share their stories about how to build toward a more sustainable society. 

Georgeann Moss, Dallas College’s senior director of sustainability, said this will be the first time a sustainability event will have an in-person audience and be live streamed.

“These two inspiring keynote speakers will deliver messages of change that provide hope for a sustainable future,” Moss said. “The breakout sessions will offer attendees sustainable practices they can implement immediately in their own lives.”

Martinez is an environmental activist and hip-hop artist who has been in the spotlight since he was 6 years old, becoming one of the youngest faces in the climate change movement. Throughout his career, Martinez has appeared in television shows and films. He has earned accolades and recognition, including the U.S. Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama in 2013. 

Godin is an accomplished public speaker and entrepreneur who is recognized for his insight and business strategy. Throughout his career, he has published several books, including his most recent release, “Carbon Almanac: It’s Not Too Late,” published this summer, which gives readers a guide on how to prevent climate change. More recently, Godin has found success with his blog and podcasts, with more than 20,000 people attending his altMBA and The Akimbo Workshops seminars online. 

Godin will pre-record his keynote speech, and while it airs online, he will host a live Q&A via WebEx.

During the summit, special breakout sessions will give attendees insight into how to live more sustainably at home, during travel and within their community.. 

Attendees may choose to add three break-out sessions to their summit schedule and sessions will be repeated three times during the day.

The all-day event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. in Room C130.