Let me share with you a story of a Billionaire, a West Texas Man with Abilene ties, and a new way to think, live and work.
Abilenians Arlene and Don Shivers have a son who should make our community proud. Lanny is the coordinator of Earth Day Dallas. His position materialized from focused dialogue on a green future by Trammell S. Crow.
Perhaps you recognize Trammell’s name as the billionaire who has continued his family’s legacy of real estate development and appreciation of art, notably Asian art, in the Dallas area.
Lanny will tell you that “Trammell’s politics are Red as much as Green.” Simply stated, he is a Republican and his passion is greener, cleaner ways of doing business. Some might say it’s an unusual mix of politics and policy, but I can tell you first hand that it’s working.
Trammell is creating a dialogue.
In their third year of Earth Day Dallas, Trammell, Lanny and their team are working towards one mission, “to change the way people think, live and work.”
Unlike many events which sell vendor spaces to whomever will pay and send in a contract, Lanny seeks businesses that are incorporating some form of environmental work within their business. Business to Business networking is a key component of the event.
Lanny will tell you that they don’t expect every business to be 100% green, but value those organizations who are exploring how to incorporate environmental practices. Earth Day Dallas also brings in students from high schools and colleges across the State (and a few rogue Oklahomans) to share new studies, trends and possible applications of their studies for business.
Trammell (whose vehicles include a pick-up truck and his Fisker Karma electric car) is opening conversation for business outside the usual. He wants to preserve the green areas he loves and create a roundtable of discussion regarding business practices which respect our availability of water, the way we manufacture and produce, and changes in how businesses make operational decisions with environmental impact.
While Earth Day Dallas is the largest “festival” of its kind in the Nation, the residual impact may change the way businesses do business in the future.
At the time of this column’s writing, of the nearly 700 exhibitors only three organizations with Abilene extensions were set to exhibit: Atmos, FedEx, and Texas State Technical College. Lanny would like to see more from our area, including more representation in the oil and gas industry. Visit www.EarthDayDallas.org to see the full list of exhibitors. The diversity of industries will amaze you.
More importantly, if you are looking for ideas for your own business, visit the event on April 20 & 21 at Fair Park in Dallas and bring those ideas back to our community. What you will learn is that you don’t have to be a billionaire or an environmentalist to do business better. You have a green light as a West Texan to think, live and work differently tomorrow than you do today.
Kristina Jones is the President of Stronger Organizations, LLC and works with companies and nonprofits on their community engagement strategies. Continue the dialogue, connect with her at Facebook.com/StrongerOrganizations.