Tour and Workshop Descriptions
Tour: Urban Stormwater & Industrial Water Management
This tour begins on campus at UNC Asheville, an urban sustainability oasis where staff, students and faculty are directly engaged in water education, research, and best management practices. Led by Director of Sustainability Sonia Marcus, the tour will include specific water management infrastructure projects including rain/greywater harvesting and reuse systems, solar thermal water heaters, permaculture-based landscape features, water bottle refilling stations, low-flow fixtures, and interactive building interfaces. We will also meet faculty and staff who are conducting research on climate resilience and how we can better forecast and prepare for dangerous flooding in Western North Carolina. A visit to Glenn's Creek will follow, allowing participants to take part in an educational exercise on restoration ecology right alongside our students.
Next, we go to the Sierra Nevada Brewery for a tour and presentation by Sierra Nevada staff. Sierra Nevada is a leader in sustainable brewing practices. The new brewery is located on 190 acres and LEED certification is in process. Their business model is to reduce, reuse, and recycle; hence their use of materials on-site for construction of the brewery. They also have a constructed stream, solar, micro turbines running on biogas, and an extensive storm water management system. More than 3 million pounds of material was diverted from landfill since construction began. It's a one-of-a-kind facility and a MUST-SEE!
Tour Registration: Complimentary
Workshop: Integrating Urban Agriculture and Urban Stormwater
Instructor: Dwane Jones, PhD, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development,
College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES),
University of the District of Columbia
About the workshop: For the first time in recorded history, in 2008, more people began living in urban areas than rural. Simultaneously, many studies show that the millennial generation and other consumers prefer to live in urban environments with access to local foods. This movement has created a dilemma where more people in urban areas rely on a declining farm population. It has also created an increased interest in urban agriculture.
However, associated with the rise in the popularity of urban agriculture, there is a need to mitigate the impacts of urban stormwater runoff. This workshop/presentation will highlight the University of the District of Columbia's Sustainability Program, which in part, aims at integrating urban agriculture and urban stormwater management. The presentation will highlight green infrastructure, low impact development, federal, state, non-profit and for profit partnerships, and a unique partnership with the DC Housing Authority. It will also include an evaluation of economics and social impacts.
Participants will engage in a design charette for an integrated urban agriculture/urban storm water project in DC.
Workshop Registration: $50 per person
Student Rate: $25
Guidelines for Lecture Presenters
Presentations are limited to 15 to 20 minutes. Please allow about 5 minutes at the end of your presentations for audience questions. Presenters must register and pay their registration fee.
Please bring your Powerpoint presentation on a USB drive. Visit the registration desk EARLY to drop off your presentation so that it can be pre-loaded onto our computers. A link to a powerpoint collection web page will also be provided to all speakers a week in advance so that you may upload your presentation there.
Guidelines for Poster Presenters
The Poster Presentations will occur between 5:00 and 6:00pm on Monday, September 8. Poster authors are requested to "man" their posters at that time. Presenters must register and pay their registration fee.
Posters may be set up by 1pm on Monday or anytime Monday afternoon before the Reception.
The posters can stay up through Wednesday morning. Please take down your poster prior to the end of sessions on Wednesday. Those not taken down by that time will be discarded.
4-foot by 6-foot standing corkboard, thumb tacks.
You are encouraged to bring handouts and business cards.
- Title goes across the top. Use 18 (BOLD) or larger font size.
- Next line under title - authors' names, job title/position, company/school, address, and e-mail (16 point type).
- All text should be in 16 point type.
- The poster must NOT be a commercial/product sales poster. Any poster that is deemed to be a commercial advertisement will be removed.
Guidelines for Moderators
Moderators must be sure to arrive at their session 15 minutes prior to the session start time. Also, please make every effort to keep the session on schedule so as to accommodate conference attendees moving between concurrent sessions.
- Familiarize yourself with the name and general topic of your session and make sure you know how to pronounce the presenters' names.
- Make sure all session presentations are on the computer (which our A/V person will pre-load for you)
- Jot down questions that you can ask if audience participation is low
- Give an introduction with (1) the name of the session; (2) the ground rules for presentations including the length of the presentation and the format and length of the Q&A portion (total time: 20 minutes or less per speaker)
- Announce the presenter by giving their name and affiliation. You will be given "Cue Cards" with the 5 minute mark, 2 minute, and 0 minute.
- Have closing remarks to end the session, including thanking the audience and presenters.
Conference Registration fee: $200 per person if registering by August 25, 2014.
Tuesday Workshop Fee: $50 per person
If registering within 2 weeks of the conference and on-site, the fee will be $250. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.
A student rate of $100 is available for the conference ($25 for Tuesday workshop). Students will need to present a current student ID at the registration desk.
Cancellation Policy: If cancelling at least two weeks prior to the start of the conference, you will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. If cancelling within two weeks of the conference, there will be no refund given.
Attendee substitutions from within the same company may be made at any time.
PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS: We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and checks. If paying by check, please make your check payable to: NC State University. Mail your check with a copy of your registration form to:
Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attention: Christina Shepard