Dr. Mark Nelson has had his hands on pioneering ecological projects around the world. His Institute of Ecotechnics has worked for over three decades on ecological restoration and sustainable ranching and farming/orchardry in the tropical savannah of outback Australia (in the Kimberley of western Australia), the semi-arid temperate grasslands of the U.S. Southwest (near Santa Fe, New Mexico) and in the rainforest in Puerto Rico.
Originally a city boy from New York City, Mark knows that what happens in the world’s cities is crucial to our transition to a sustainable future. His institute, based in London, showcases cutting-edge artists and creates a space where art, science and ecology meet. The institute was involved in the Caravan of Dreams jazz club and theater in Fort Worth in the 1980s, helping bring life to a downtown center with a geodesic dome featuring cacti and succulents.
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As a native of Dallas, Texas, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Erik Wilson has dedicated his life to empowering communities through leadership and service. Mr. Wilson was elected to represent the 8th Council District in June 2015, and was then selected by his peers on the Council to serve as the Deputy Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Dallas. Mr. Wilson was an educator prior to assuming his role on the Council, and as such, he is passionate about educating our youth on the significance of staying in school.
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