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SXSW Eco Announces Tom Steyer, Philanthropist and Clean Energy Advocate as Keynote

- Investor and Founder of NextGen Climate to deliver keynote on bringing climate change to the forefront of policy decisions -

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- South by Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco), a conference connecting the urgency of global sustainability challenges with the opportunity for breakthrough solutions, today announced that Tom Steyer, investor, philanthropist, clean energy advocate and founder of NextGen Climate will lead a keynote session at the event. Steyer's talk, "Climate Change on the Ballot," will shed insight into his strategy to re-write the political narrative on climate change for the 2014 midterm elections.

Tom Steyer is the President of NextGen Climate, an organization that acts politically to avert climate disaster and preserve American prosperity. Before retiring from the private sector, Tom founded and was the Senior Managing Member of Farallon Capital Management. He also was a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Hellman & Friedman. Tom is actively engaged in climate politics and works to promote economic development and environmental protection in the state.

In 2012, Tom served as co-chair with former Secretary of State George Shultz for Yes on Proposition 39, which closed a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations and created jobs in California. In 2010, Tom teamed again with George Shultz to defeat California's Proposition 23, an effort by out-of-state oil companies to dismantle California's groundbreaking clean energy law, AB 32.

"We look forward to hearing Tom Steyer's insights on his strategy to integrate climate change action into political discourse," said Chris Sonnier, producer of SXSW Eco. "As a conference, we aim to echo the message that Steyer and NextGen Climate are sending by supporting leaders who are working to build on the clean energy momentum already happening across the country."

SXSW Eco has now announced that the complete online schedule is now live. Visit to create a personalized calendar and browse sessions, workshops and special events for 2014. Newly confirmed sessions added to the lineup include "War Stories: Why Cleantech's Future is in China," "Can Disruptive Technologies Solve Climate Change?" and "Thinking like the Dutch in a Post-Sandy World."

The SXSW Eco Exhibition occurs through October 6-7, 2014 and will feature compelling exhibitors, demonstrations, startup events, and other opportunities to interact, learn and make meaningful connections. For more information, please go to

SXSW Eco is sponsored by Austin Energy, Austin Technology Incubator, Lagunitas and the Austin Chronicle. Registration is now open for SXSW Eco 2014. To register go to and save before the next deadline of August 8, 2014.

About SXSW Eco:
Now in its fourth year, SXSW Eco attracts a global community to explore, engage and co-create solutions for a sustainable world. A uniquely inclusive platform for professionals, SXSW Eco examines the critical challenges of our times through a kaleidoscopic lens of design innovation, policy tipping points, technological breakthroughs, conservation practice, entrepreneurial spirit and a culture of creativity to transform inspiration into action. SXSW Eco will take place October 6-8, 2014 in Austin, TX.

Press Credentials: If you are a member of the press interested in attending SXSW Eco, media registration is now open at

Media Contact:
Ariel Miller
SXSW Eco Publicist
Tel. 512-467-7979 x296
Email: [email protected]

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