ESS Registration 2016

 

The Summit kicks off Tuesday, April 5th with optional sightseeing tours in the afternoon and the keynote speakers and Opening Social that evening. The Summit continues on Wednesday and Thursday with interactive sessions, networking lunches, and study tours. Click here to register.  

SUMMIT PACKAGES
$285.00 - Early Bird Registration (extended through March 20)
$425.00 - Regular Registration (after March 20)
$49.00 - Optional Tour 1 - Historic Downtown Bike Tour
$49.00 - Optional Tour 2 - Flavor Street Walking Tour
$45.00 - Guest Ticket - Opening Social
$78.00 - Guest Ticket - Study Tour 1 - Biking
$78.00 - Guest Ticket - Study Tour 2 - Walking

Registration deadline is March 28, 2016.
Click here to register.

REGISTRATION OPTIONS
Early Bird Registration - $285 (extended through March 20, 2016)
Save $140 off registration with the Early Bird Ticket Price! This ticket includes full admission to the Summit all three days, the Opening Social, Study Tour (you will choose either the walking or biking tour), three refreshment breaks, two networking lunches, and access to all Summit presentation materials. Register by March 18 to receive this discounted price. STUDY TOUR: Included in your registration is a Study Tour on Thursday, April 7th. You will choose to attend either the BIKING or WALKING Study Tour. Descriptions of each are listed below.

Regular Registration - $425.00 (after March 20, 2016)
This ticket includes full admission to the Summit all three days, the Opening Social, Study Tour (you will choose either the walking or biking tour), three refreshment breaks, two networking lunches, and access to all Summit presentation materials. STUDY TOUR: Included in your registration is a Study Tour on Thursday, April 7th. You will choose to attend either the BIKING or WALKING Study Tour. Descriptions of each are listed below.

Study Tours
Your Early Bird and Regular Registration includes the Study Tour on Thursday, April 7th. Two tours are being offered simultaneously so you will choose one at the time of registration. NOTE: One tour is a biking tour (bikes and helmets will be provided for you). The other tour is a walking tour. All transit/tram passes are included and will be provided at the start of the tour by your tour guide(s).

Study Tour 1-Biking: Portland's Green Infrastructure
When it rains, stormwater washes over pavement and other surfaces, picking up pollutants. Green infrastructure mimics natural conditions by using vegetation and soil to filter pollutants and allowing rain to soak into the ground. On this tour, we will bicycle through Portland’s neighborhoods exploring the role of ecoroofs, bioswales, rain gardens, “green streets” (plants and soil in the public right-of-way that convert stormwater from a waste directed into a pipe, into a resource that replenishes groundwater supplies) and even public art in Portland’s urban environmental strategy. Along the way, we will also explore urban agriculture with a stop at a community garden and discuss the role of farmer’s markets during a stop at a community food co-op. BE PREPARED: Study tours operate rain or shine and often take place out of doors. Only in the case of very severe weather will tours be canceled or rescheduled. As a friendly reminder, we ask that you dress according to the weather and carry drinking water with you. Please remember to layer, to wear comfortable walking shoes, apply sunscreen, and safeguard personal belongings including cameras, phones, keys, etc., as needed.

Study Tour 2-Walking: Sustainable Urban Neighborhood Development
South Waterfront is Portland’s big leap towards high-density urban living. Oregon Health Sciences University, progressive developers, and the City partnered to build a transit-friendly neighborhood served by an aerial tram, streetcar, bikeways, walking trails and a car-free transit bridge. This tour highlights many of this LEED ND district’s innovative concepts, ways developers and local agencies partnered in environmental remediation, and transit’s role in determining the district’s eventual success. Site visits include a tour of the OSHU Center for Health and Healing, a ride on the Portland Aerial Tram, a stroll through the South Waterfront Greenway habitat restoration, and streetcar ride back to the conference center. BE PREPARED: Study tours operate rain or shine and often take place out of doors. Only in the case of very severe weather will tours be canceled or rescheduled. As a friendly reminder, we ask that you dress according to the weather and carry drinking water with you. Please remember to layer, to wear comfortable walking shoes, apply sunscreen, and safeguard personal belongings including cameras, phones, keys, etc., as needed.

Optional Tour 1 - Historic Downtown Portland Bike Tour - $49.00
This is NOT the Study Tour included with your registration. See 'Study Tours' above. This optional tour is offered so you may explore Portland and get oriented before the Summit.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM
TERRAIN: Flat
RIDER EXPERIENCE: Beginner
DURATION: 9 Miles/3 Hours
CHECK-IN by 12:45 PM at Pedal Bike Tours, 133 SW 2nd Ave (around the corner from the Summit hotel).
The Historic Downtown Bike Tour is the essential introduction to Portland. You'll hop on well-traveled bike lanes stopping to admire the views of downtown, the river, and the city’s many bridges. Then you'll ride along the waterfront passed the brick and cast iron fronted buildings of Old Town built in the 19th and early 20th century. The tour will head into Chinatown, through the Pearl District, and past the Henry Weinhard’s 140 year old brewery. You'll pedal through Oregon’s largest university then turn downhill to the waterfront and the Willamette River before coming full circle back where you started, perfectly energized. For more detailed information about this tour, visit http://pedalbiketours.com/oregon-tours/ *******Please indicate the height of each rider in feet and inches where prompted at the end of your purchase. The tour provides the bike and helmet. You may want to bring gloves, water bottle, snacks, sunglasses, and sunblock. The bikes provided have a pouch for carrying small items.

Optional Tour 2 - Flavor Street Walking Tour - $49.00
This is NOT the Study Tour included with your registration. See 'Study Tours' above. This optional tour is offered so you may explore Portland and get oriented before the Summit.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM
TOUR DURATION: Less than two hours/About one mile, no hills or steps.
CHECK-IN: In front of the Summit hotel (Embassy Suites Portland-Downtown).
Check out Portland’s amazing curbside cuisine! Let the Resident Experts take you on a personal tour of the city’s best food carts, tasting trucks, and hidden kitchens, where former four-star chefs and other culinary entrepreneurs scoop up mighty morsels on an international scale. This isn’t fast food - it’s flavor with flair, for savvy munchers on the go. For more detailed information about this tour, visit http://www.portlandwalkingtours.com/tours/flavor-street-food-cart-tour/ ******Please indicate any dietary considerations at the end of your purchase. The WRDC will be providing water bottles for your use.

Guest Tickets
You may purchase guest tickets for the Opening Social and Study Tours. NOTE: An Early Bird or Regular Registration INCLUDES the Opening Social and Study Tour. These tickets are for your guest(s).
Opening Social - $45.00
Study Tour - $78.00 (choose either the biking study tour or the walking study tour)

CANCELLATION/REFUND
The Western Rural Development Center will accept written cancellations through March 28, 2016, and issue a refund less a $95 processing fee. Cancellation requests received after March 28, 2016, will not be eligible for a refund. Send your written cancellation notice to Betsy Newman (betsy.newman@usu.edu).
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