Sustainability News

SXSW Environmental Mission Statement

SXSW acknowledges and takes responsibility for its environmental impacts. SXSW will demonstrate leadership in its efforts to integrate principles of environmental sustainability into its organizational practices. By promoting awareness of the environmental impact that our actions have within our corporate culture we hope to find solutions that limit and mitigate the environmental effects of our operations and events. Click here to read our full corporate sustainability policy.

Monday Jul 27th, 2015

Checking Out Trash and Feeding Giraffes at Texas Disposal Systems

Written by Ellen Burris

The SXSW Sustainability Team was recently invited to tour Texas Disposal Systems which is way more than a garbage dump. We learned so much about what it takes to deal with trash, recycling and compost in a responsible manner, and we got to feed their giraffe "Stretch"....with our mouths....

Wednesday Jun 10th, 2015

Design for Positive Impact - SXSW Eco

Written by Amanda Shaftel

SXSW Eco’s Place by Design (PXD) competition is one of the most popular events at the SXSW Eco conference. PXD highlights innovative projects that transform the built environment for positive social, environmental and economic impact. This year, SXSW Eco is featuring design as a central theme to overall...

Monday Mar 9th, 2015

Green Streak: SXSW Offsets Panelists’ Carbon Footprint

For the second consecutive year, SXSW is working with Green Mountain Energy Company to lower the event’s carbon emissions. For every panelist who attends this year’s conference, Green Mountain is offsetting the estimated carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions created by the person’s travel and hotel stay....

Friday Jun 27th, 2014

Apply to the SXSW Eco Place by Design Competition

Written by Jordan Roberts

Designing better public places is a crucial component of cultivating sustainable development and lifestyles. Place by Design, the SXSW Eco Public Space Design Competition, honors visionary design work that achieves positive community impact through the creation or re-imagining of public spaces....