Announcing EcoSalon’s Official Media Partnership with SXSW Eco

EcoSalon joins the first SXSW Eco as a media partner.

What do you get when you bring an ocean conservationist, the president of a major environmental nonprofit and a progressive author together in a city known for its food, flair and funk? South by Southwest (SXSW) Eco, of course.

This year, the organizers of SXSW, which every year brings musicians, artists and the technocrati to converge upon Austin, Texas, are taking the festival to a new level and launching an exclusive green-focused conference.

EcoSalon is excited to be an official media sponsor of the event, which will feature keynote speakers Philippe Cousteau, Jr, CEO of EarthEcho International, Mark Tercek, the President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and Alex Steffen, author and planetary futurist.

SXSW Eco will provide an open and creative space for experienced, passionate and pragmatic professionals to network with a diverse group of influential organizations and individuals, while contributing to cutting-edge discussion. The conference will feature a mix of sessions, including panels and core-conversations.

“The foundational concept of SXSW – dynamic, diverse minds coming together to discuss innovation and creativity – is exactly the kind of exciting and holistic approach that appeals to us at EcoSalon. The addition of a green conference is an encouraging marker of the sustainability movement’s progress, and couldn’t be more timely. We’re thrilled to be taking part and engaging in the conversations that are really going to push for creative progress in the sustainability movement and share those conversations with a larger audience,” says Sara Ost, Editor in Chief of EcoSalon.

We couldn’t be more pleased to be taking part! And we’re in good green company, as fellow new media leaders Treehugger and Triple Pundit are also SXSW Eco partners. Here’s what they had to say about taking part.

“Having been a long time attendee of SXSW interactive, which otherwise rocks, I’ve always felt that a conversation on sustainability was a major theme that seemed to be underrepresented. SXSW has such huge influence in new media the opportunity is ripe to use their power to advance green thinking in the popular culture. We’re thrilled to be a part of the first ever SXSW Eco and I hope to see a lot of new voices lending their input on sustainable solutions to the world’s problems, right from the heart of Texas,” says Nicholas Aster of Triple Pundit.

“Often when thinking about the challenge of sustainability, I’ll think, ‘if only we could get everyone together in a room to work this out!’ Maybe SXSW Eco can be that room! Of course, stopping climate change or solving the myriad other issues related to sustainability won’t be that easy, but we think by bringing together thought-leaders and the technology- and business-savvy attendees already familiar with SXSW, events like SXSW Eco can serve a role in moving the discussion forward. We’re excited to be a media partner so we can be on the scene and bring the most interesting and inspiring ideas to our readers around the world that won’t be able to attend in-person!” says Chris Tackett of Treehugger.

Stay tuned for live updates from SXSW Eco next week!


Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. She is the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.