NCSE has a limited number of discounted rooms available at the JW Marriott Hotel. Space is limited, so reserve your room early!
JW Marriott Hotel 1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20004
To make your reservation, please click HERE (group code is automatically entered) or call 1-800-228-9290.Please do not call the hotel's main line to make reservations for our conference. Group Name: National Council for Science and the Environment
Rate: $209/night plus state and local taxes (single/double occupancy - this is the Federal Per Diem rate) Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made before 6pm on day of arrival to avoid penalty Nearest Metro Stop: Metro Center (Red, Orange and Blue lines) or Federal Triangle (Blue and Orange lines)
Hilltop Hostel, 300 Carroll St., Takoma, D.C. Hostel just 50 meters from Takoma Park Metro station, $45/night private room w/shared bath, $22/night for dormitory room with 4-6 people.
Center for Educational Design, 821 Varnum St NE, Washington, D.C.202-635-7987. 21 beds, $30/person/night, groups of 6+ only. Meals available by arrangement. 15 minute walk from Brookland-CUA Metro station.
William Penn House,515 E. Capitol Street, SE, Washington, D.C. $40/night dorm style inc b'fast, no smoking or alcohol, maximum stay 1 month. On Capitol Hill near Eastern Market metro.
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Three airports serve the Washington DC area. The most convenient for NCSE Conference participants is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), a 10 minute ride by cab, Metro, or shuttle. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) are within 45 minutes, with cab, shuttle service, and various rail options available. However, BWI is reputed to offer more low cost airline flights.
To compare the cost of available ground transportation at each airport, check the Web sites below:
All major airlines fly into the Washington DC area airports. Travel websites can help you find the most convenient times and fares for your travel. Tickets can also be booked through travel agents or directly through the airlines.
We encourage conference participants to be climate-sensitive when deciding your mode of transport aroung the city. Guests are advised to make use of the area's mass transit, specifically theMetro, which services nearly all of Washington, DC. Renting a car for the NCSE conference is generally unnecessary. Parking in Washington DC is expensive and roads are often congested . Taxis and the Metro should satisfy most visitors' transit needs for the conference as well as any desired sightseeing. Please carpool when possible, and if you are up for an adventure,consider renting a bike for your stay in DC!
Secured bike parking is available at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on garage level B1.
The Airport Shuttle, Inc. Enjoy rides to and from D.C area airports SPECIAL1st person rates: Dulles-$39,BWI-$39 & Reagan National-$19.
Each additional person in your party pays only $10.Click on the icon below that best fits your travel itinerary.
Driver gratuities are welcome at time of service.
We are thrilled to have your participation in Our Changing Oceans. We hope that the conference will be an inspiring and empowering event. As individuals, there is much we can do to lessen our own impact on the environment, and to be good examples for others as well. The following tips on how to "tread lightly in your travels" are fromCenter For a New American Dreamcontributor Tedd R. Saunders, President of EcoLogical Solutions and Co Owner of The Lenox Hotel and Comfort Inn & Suites Boston/Airport:
If you're not traveling a huge distance, consider taking the train or a bus. Remember, Europe isn't the only area of the world worth traveling by train. If you must drive, make sure your car is well-tuned and tires are properly inflated. You'll not only pollute less but also increase your mileage and cut your gas costs up to 15 percent.
Whenever possible, buy your gas from more environmentally responsible oil companies. Although it's impossible to say any gas company is good for the environment, BP Amoco, Sunoco, and Shell have consistently been leaders in their industry on environmental issues, including investing billions of dollars in renewable energy. Goldman Sachs recently rated them the highest of all oil companies for environmental performance.
If you do fly, take public transit or the hotel's shared van instead of a cab to and from the airport. Hybrid taxi services likePlanetTranin Boston and San Francisco, and OZO Car in NYC can also be found in cities such as Tokyo and London.
If you plan to rent a car,FindExotic.comoffers hybrid vehicles in various cities around the country. You can also look into car-sharing programs such asZipCarwhich offers environmentally preferable cars by the hour, day, or week in a number of U.S. cities. Similar programs exist in other areas, including some international destinations.
EnviroRideis an all Eco-friendly sedan service in DC, VA and MD areas. Their fleet includes Toyota Camry and Highlander Hybrids, as well as Mercedes E320 Bluetec. Reservations can be made over the phone 24/7 or online.
It's a small thing, but remember to pack a canvas bag or two to avoid disposable bags when you shop.
In Your Hotel Room
Set your thermostat at the temperature you actually want. Turning your thermostat higher or lower won't heat or cool your room any faster.
Turn your lights, television, and heat/air conditioner off (or at least down) before you go out.
Use the waste bin, not the toilet, for trash.
If your hotel doesn't have a linen reuse program, let the housekeeping department know you want to reuse your sheets and towels to reduce water, energy, and detergent use. Or you can do what I do and put the "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door so no additional energy, water, or chemicals are used in your room.
Use a paperless, video checkout if it's available on the television in your room - you'll save resources as well as time waiting at the front desk.
Walk to nearby destinations for fresh air, to stretch your legs, and to take in local sights and sounds.
Plan your day's route using public transit, or look into walking tours or guided nature walks/hikes if they are available in the area.
If you are in a conference or meetings all day, take a few minutes outside to relax and grab a snack.
Seek out local and organic foods. They taste better, are better for you, and will give you a flavor of the local culture. TheChef's Collaborativehas a wonderful pocket restaurant guide which lists member dining establishments around the United States. TheEat Well Guideis a free online directory of sustainably raised meat, dairy, and eggs at restaurants and stores.
Of course, eating less meat is one of the best things you can do for the planet whether you're home or away. Did you know that 100 vegetarians can be fed on the grain that it takes to produce enough meat for only one person? That's food for thought.
At restaurants tell your server to let you use the same set of utensils and glass throughout the meal, just like you do at home.
Taking out? Grab only the condiments, napkins, and utensils you need. Skip the straw altogether.
Experience the natural beauty of your destination. Visit a local park, waterfront, aquarium, or museum. Rent a bike, sailboat, canoe, or kayak to explore.
If you have the choice, use a digital camera. They require fewer chemicals and you can eliminate unwanted shots before printing.
Wherever you vacation, express your interest, encouragement, and concern about companies' environmental efforts through comment cards to the businesses that you patronize. Companies rely tremendously on written feedback from their customers. Your voice will make a real difference.
Tedd R. Saunders is President of EcoLogical Solutions Inc., and Co Owner, The Lenox Hotel and Comfort Inn & Suites Boston/Airport. He is also the author of The Bottom Line of Green Is Black. Mr. Saunders is often credited with pioneering luxury ecotourism in the late 1980s at his family's properties, which have won the top international green hotel awards and national recognition. Learn more atwww.saundershotelgroup.net.