Director of Sustainability, Circuit of The Americas (COTA)
Edgar Farrera, the first circuit based sustainability leader in the history of Formula One racing, is Director of Sustainability at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. COTA is a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment, welcoming more than one million visitors annually for crown jewel events like the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, MotoGP, United Sportscar Racing, & the FIA World Endurance Championship. The 1,300-acre campus is also the home for the summer edition of ESPN’s popular X Games, & to the 14,000 seat Austin360 Amphitheater, which hosts multiple concerts & festivals annually. Farrera’s responsibilities include green event management, compliance with environmental obligations, fan engagement on eco-themed projects, STEM (Science Technology Education & Math) collaboration with schools & universities, & coordination of alternative-energy racing events. He served as principal local organizer for the 2013 F1 in Schools World Championship, & for the 2013 & 2014 Formula Sun Grand Prix solar-EV collegiate competition. Farrera serves as Chair of the Clean Energy Council at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, & is a member of SAE Internationals (formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers) Green Racing Committee which prepares SAE standard J2880 “Surface Vehicle Recommended Green Racing Protocols”. Prior to joining COTA, he was Director of Sustainable Design at Marmon Mok Architecture in San Antonio, Texas, where he collaborated on various aviation, military, and corporate projects for diverse clients, including the US Air Force & NATO.