South Carolina Aquarium 2017 Plastic Pollution Summit

The Charleston Gaillard Center
Charleston, South Carolina
Thursday, March 30, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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South Carolina Aquarium 2017 Plastic Pollution Summit

The Charleston Gaillard Center
Charleston, South Carolina
Thursday, March 30, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution

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Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution

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Registration Type

Early Registration

Dec 1 - Jan 31

Advance Registration

Feb 1 - Feb 28

Registration (Final)

March 1 - March 29

Conference - Full Day $65 $80 $95
SCA Member $50 $65 $75
Student $10 $10 $10
Conference - Half Day $35 $45 $55
Lunch $35 $50 $65
Lunch Student $15 $15 $15
Pre-Conference Workshop $10 $10 $10

Complementary Events & Opportunities

Morris Island Anecdata Plastics Workshop


Local, or coming into town early for the summit? Join us for an interactive pre-conference workshop. Charleston Water Taxi will host a limited number of attendees on a scenic cruise through Charleston Harbor to uninhabited Morris Island, a strategic Civil War site. During the 30-minute cruise, Dr. Barbara Beckingham from the College of Charleston will lead guests in using 5 Gyres plastic pollution technology to actively sample for microplastics in Charleston Harbor. Upon arrival to Morris Island, celebrate the South Carolina Aquarium’s launch of Anecdata, a citizen science solution to plastic pollution, by engaging in a sweep of beautiful Morris Island, an historic site accessible only by boat.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 2 – 4 p.m.
Reservations required. Charleston Water Taxi will board at the Maritime Center, adjacent to the South Carolina Aquarium. Please contact Christi Hughes at (843) 579-8529 or chughes@scaquarium.org for more information.

Plastic Planet: Turning the Tides on the Plastic Pollution Crisis


Want to continue the conversation, or can’t make it to the daytime sessions? Join us for the finale of the Aquarium’s popular Holland Lifelong Learning series. This panel presentation will address the plastic pollution crisis from perspectives of global and domestic policy, marine science, corporate innovation, and grassroots mobilization.

The panel will be followed by the Aquarium’s Annual Watershed Dinner to further discuss progressive and collaborative solutions to plastic pollution alongside the Aquarium’s staff, board of directors and engaged supporters as well as summit speakers and guests.

Wednesday, March 30, 2017, 6 – 10 p.m.
Reservations required. Please contact Sarah Burnheimer at (843) 579-8595 or sburnheimer@scaquarium.org to purchase tickets.
Charleston, located on the coast of South Carolina, is known for its vibrant culture, rich history, exquisite architecture, celebrated cuisine and friendly locals.

In town for the conference? Stay for the weekend. Charleston is consistently rated one of America’s top cities. Named No. 1 city in the US by Conde Nast Traveler for the sixth consecutive year, we were also voted the World’s Best City in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 World’s Best Awards.

Accommodations


The Charleston Gaillard Center is located in historic downtown Charleston and is easily accessible via short walk, bicycle or taxi ride from downtown hotels such as the Francis Marion Hotel.

The South Carolina Aquarium has reserved a block of rooms at a special discounted rate at the historic Francis Marion Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, the Francis Marion is a short walk from the Charleston Gaillard Center and is the venue hosting post-conference opportunities, including the Aquarium’s Holland Lifelong Learning finale and Annual Watershed Dinner. To reserve online, click here and use code PLASTICS2017.

The Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau offers an extensive directory of area accommodations searchable by location, date and style of lodging.

Transportation


Options for transportation in Charleston include various local taxi companies, plus services by Uber and Lyft. The Charleston Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) also operates a free downtown trolley, DASH.