Lodging and Transportation for SEJ's 22nd Annual Conference




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SEJ's 2012 venue is the Overton Hotel and Conference Center, 2322 Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, TX. Most events will take place at the Overton.

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Located right across the street from Texas Tech University’s campus and the Jones AT&T football stadium, the Overton Hotel offers conference-goers Lubbock’s newest hotel with upscale amenities at a great price. Relax in the Texas-casual atmosphere or enjoy the short walk to campus and the accompanying sandwich shops, taco spots and barbecue joints. On-site, the hotel offers free high-speed wireless, a fitness center and gourmet Texas comfort food at the in-house Pecan Grill. SEJ has reserved nearly all of the Overton’s 300+ rooms, so be sure to book yours now. The Overton is the place to be for SEJ’s 22nd annual conference.


  • Only 7 miles from Preston Smith International Airport (LBB). The Overton offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport. Call the number listed below in advance (or when you land) to schedule a pickup.

Rate: $129/night (plus 13% tax) (Single/Double/Triple/Quad)

Deadline to book at this rate has been extended AGAIN to Oct. 12. This hotel LOVES US! Book now!

Reservations: Main: 806-776-7000. Toll Free: 888-776-7001. (For group rate, say you are with SEJ or Society of Environmental Journalists.)

Book online here. Use Group Code: 100312SEJ

Check this out! Look below at one of the biggest environmental issues in the area: A haboob, an enormous dust storm, approaches the Overton Hotel in October 2011.


Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB)
5401 N. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Lubbock, TX 79403
(806) 775-2044

About a mile and a half from the Overton Hotel and Conference Center. 

Or, fly in to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Car rentals range from $25 to $50-plus per day. Lubbock is 340 miles (a six-hour drive) from Dallas. Take I-20 West to US-84.

American Airlines has offered SEJ conference attendees a 5 percent discount on flights to Lubbock. For online booking go to www.aa.com and use this "Promotional Code": 46H2BW.


This haboob took place October 17, 2011, captured in time as it rolled through Lubbock from the east side of Texas Tech University towards the Overton. Photo credit: NWS/Courtesy Emily Davenport.