27th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference - September 16-19, 2007
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SPECIAL EVENTS

Evening At The Exploratorium

June 23, 2009

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Join us for an unforgettable event at San Francisco’s internationally recognized premier museum of science, art and human perception…the Exploratorium.  During our private event, you will view interactive exhibits ranging from mechanical contraptions to physical phenomenon artworks to high-tech computerized displays.  The Exploratorium is located in the historic and picturesque 1915 Palace of Fine Arts, within view of the Golden Gate Bridge.  This evening will surely excite your senses.  Join us for this special event and experience the Exploratorium in a private setting with plenty of food and beverage to charge you for the next day’s conference activities.  The Exploratorium can be visited online at http://www.exploratorium.edu/

 

Tour of the Pacific Energy Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and SunPower

Thursday, June 25

8:30 am - 6:15 pm

$40 per person plus lunch

Join us for a technical tour visiting three of the most sought-after energy spots in and near San Francisco, organized into a convenient full-day program. The bus tour will depart from, and return to, the conference venue, the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Capacity limited to 30 delegates.

The tour includes the following stops:

Pacific Energy Center - http://www.pge.com/pec/
This is an educational and interactive facility operated by Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Director Mr. Robert Marcial and his staff will greet visitors and take them on a guided tour of the facility, which includes a number of fascinating exhibits on energy efficiency and energy use for different applications including lighting, shading, heating, and cooling technology. There will be opportunities to stroll around the exhibits and ask questions following the guided tour.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - http://www.lbl.gov/
The world famous Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), operated by University of California at Berkeley, is among the top US Department of Energy national labs. The current US Energy Secretary, Dr. Steven Chu, used to be the head of the LBL until recently. Following a one-hour lunch break in the LBL cafeteria, Dr. Jim McMahon, the head of LBL's Energy Analysis Department, will greet visitors and provide them with an overview of the lab's mission. Visitors will then hear about bioenergy research being undertaken at the Joint Bioenergy Institute http://www.jbei.org/fuels-synthesis/ before touring a lab researching carbon-neutral biofuels. Visitors will then be taken to another LBL lab researching windows and daylighting http://windows.lbl.gov/.

SunPower Corporation - http://www.sunpowercorp.com/
SunPower Corporation designs, manufactures and delivers the highest efficiency solar electric technology in the world, delivering solar energy solutions to residential, commercial, and utility-scale power plants. Revenue in 2008 was $1.43 billion. Although SunPower's headquarters are in San Jose, it has unique office space for 300 employees in a remodeled Ford assembly plant in Richmond, CA. Stephen E. Wright, Director, Corporate Communications, will greet visitors and give them an overview of SunPower and its PV technology and answer questions. Visitors will then be able to see SunPower's major monitoring system, view some light manufacturing and examine its 1-MW installed PV system.

The bus will leave the Grand Hyatt Hotel at 8:30 am Thursday morning 25 June and will return at approximately 6:15 pm. Cost is $40 per person plus lunch/snack at LBL cafeteria.
 

San Francisco Green City Walking Tour

Sunday, June 21

12:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Free

Join us for a walking tour of three green buildings near the Grand Hyatt Hotel. San Francisco is quickly developing a reputation as the greenest city in America primarily because of the policies it has encouraging the development of green buildings. Before the conference, come learn about San Francisco's efforts by touring two LEED certified buildings and a rooftop solar array. The tour is free and is a great opportunity to stretch your legs after a long flight.

The tour includes the following stops:

Orchard Garden Hotel - http://www.theorchardgardenhotel.com/
The Orchard Garden Hotel is LEED NC certified and advertises itself as San Francisco's purely green boutique hotel. At 10 stories, the 56,000-square-foot building includes 86 guestrooms and a 56-seat restaurant and bar. The hotel opened in 2006, and in 2007, it became the third hotel in the U.S. and the fourth hotel in the world to earn LEEDŽ certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. We'll learn about how the Orchard Garden is a green hotel without sacrificing luxury or comfort.

Sasaki Associates - http://www.sasaki.com/
Sasaki associates is a world renowned architecture firm whose offices in San Francisco are LEED CI certified. Learn from architects what it takes to design a LEED certified building and work in one. In addition, Sasaki's offices offer fantastic views of San Francisco all the while utilizing recycled materials, natural lighting, and energy efficient equipment to provide an enjoyable green workplace. Finally, by relocating their offices near public transportation, Sasaki has found their employees' use of public transportation increased by 86%.

Moscone Center - http://www.moscone.com/site/do/index
The Moscone Center is San Francisco's green convention center. The requirements for operating a green convention center are remarkably different than an office building. For example, they strive to minimize the amount of waste sent to landfills during conventions and have just recently implemented a food composting program. We'll learn about these innovative programs and tour their 675 kW rooftop solar array.

Limit: Tour limited to 30 participants

Waiver: Those that register for this tour will be required to sign a release prior to going on the tour indicating that they are attending this event of their own free will and accept sole responsibility and risk. Furthermore, they agree to waive any claims of injury or damages against the IAEE/USAEE and tour operators/leaders for any incident that might occur while on the tour.

We will meet in the Grand Hyatt Hotel lobby at 12:30 pm Sunday morning 21 June and will return at approximately 4:15 pm. There is no cost for this event.

Tour Scenic San Francisco Bay Ferry & Sausalito

Monday, June 22

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Pay As You Go

Description: Join a guided tour with Fereshteh Sioshansi for unparalleled views of scenic San Francisco Bay. Participants will need to meet Fereshteh in the hotel lobby at 8:15 am to receive instructions. She will explain that participants need to make their way to the historic Ferry Building at the end of Market Street, from where you will catch a ferry to Sausalito in Marin County departing at 10:15am. Fereshteh will be leading a 15 minute walk from the hotel to the Ferry Building, which is full of shops that guests may wish to explore before boarding the ferry. The area around the Ferry Building also is interesting, including beautiful views of Bay Bridge. Instead of walking, guests may also take the cable car by walking from the hotel to California Street a few blocks to the north. Famous San Francisco fog permitting, the ferry ride will provide wonderful views of the city skyline, passing by Alcatraz Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Guests can then stroll around picturesque Sausalito and enjoy a leisurely outdoor lunch with beautiful views of San Francisco. Return to Ferry Building via ferry in time for the conference dinner.

NOTE: The tour requires some walking. Dress warmly for breezy weather on the ferry. Don't forget your sunglasses, sunscreen and camera.

Itinerary (times are approximate)

8:30 am

Leave hotel, take cable car, taxi or a 15 minute walk to Ferry Building

10:15 am

Take ferry to Sausalito

10:45 am

Arrive at Sausalito
Take leisurely stroll and enjoy lunch at many small restaurants & coffee shops

3:00 pm

Take return ferry to Ferry Building

3:50 pm

Arrive at Ferry Building, take cable car, taxi or walk to hotel

4:30 pm

Return to hotel (approximate depending on the options)

Cost: Participants will pay for the cable car or taxi and lunch. Ferry tickets are $7.45 each way, or $14.90 round trip. Since this is a pay as you go tour, there is no need to prepay with your registration for the conference.

Limit: No minimum required. The group will take the ferry and walk through Sausalito together.

Waiver: Those that register for this tour will be required to sign a release prior to going on the tour indicating that they are attending this event of their own free will and accept sole responsibility and risk. Furthermore, they agree to waive any claims of injury or damages against the IAEE/USAEE and tour operators/leaders for any incident that might occur while on the tour.

Weather should be pleasant but could be breezy and cool on the bay. This tour can be cancelled if there are few registered or if the weather is unpleasant.
 

Google and Stanford Tour

Thursday, June 25

9:00 am - 4:15 pm

$40.00

Join us for a technical tour of Google's corporate campus and Stanford University. Google has quickly become a leader in the energy arena through their unique corporate culture and Google.org. From fundamental physics to in-depth policy analysis, Stanford University is on the cutting edge research on energy related topics. Come join us on a tour of these two prominent institutions but hurry up and book your spot today because the tour is limited to 30 delegates.

The tour includes the following stops:

Google's Corporate Campus - http://www.google.com
Google has thrown the weight of their billion dollar enterprise at the problem of finding sustainable solutions for our energy use. They have set aside 1% of Google's assets to address pressing social issues with a significant amount of their budget focused on addressing climate change. Furthermore, Google is constantly striving to reduce the carbon footprint of their server farms and corporate buildings. We'll tour Google's corporate headquarters and see their solar panel carports, solar roofs, and plug in hybrids. In addition, we'll meet and have a discussion with Google's Green Business Operations and Strategy group.

Stanford University - http://www.stanford.edu/
Stanford University is one of the world's most prestigious universities and was founded in 1891 by Leland and Jane Stanford. With a high caliber undergraduate and graduate student body, Stanford is producing the highest-caliber research that will lead to the next generation of energy technology. In addition, their policy analyses help craft energy-related legislation around the world. On our tour, we'll learn about Stanford's historic past and visit two Stanford institutions focused on economic policy research and energy and sustainable development.

Limit: Tour limited to 30 participants

Waiver: Those that register for this tour will be required to sign a release prior to going on the tour indicating that they are attending this event of their own free will and accept sole responsibility and risk. Furthermore, they agree to waive any claims of injury or damages against the IAEE/USAEE and tour operators/leaders for any incident that might occur while on the tour.

We will meet in the Grand Hyatt Hotel lobby at 8:50 am Thursday morning 25 June and will return at approximately 4:15 pm. Cost is $40 per person plus lunch at a deli near Stanford.

 
 

 

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