Independent Receptions at SEJ's 26th Annual Conference



Independent Receptions

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Independent Receptions are one of many highlights of SEJ's annual conference. Receptions give organizations the opportunity to showcase their mission and services to SEJ attendees and to possibly expand on conference topics. Attendees are encouraged to visit the receptions in the California and Grand Ballrooms throughout Thursday evening from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., where they can gain insights into relevant issues and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere of food and beverage.

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Independent Receptions (5:00-9:00 p.m.)


Independent Reception
Schedule of Special Events

5:30 p.m.
Drop by Diesel Technology Forum in the parking lot outside the California Foyer and get into the drawing for a free iPad.

5:30-5:40 p.m.
At the Novozymes' booth, hear from Dr. Debbie Yaver about the science behind the discovery and development of nature’s tools (microbes and enzymes) to enable more sustainable manufacturing of everyday products.

6:00 p.m.
Join The Wilderness Society to  sample California wines, various cheeses, meats and jams. Grand Ballroom, third reception in.

6:30 p.m.
Bracewell opens. That's Frank's Place if you haven't been there before. California Ballroom. Downstairs and follow the signs. They've got a DJ, folks!

7:00 p.m.
Pew Charitable Trusts is serving ice cream sundaes with various adult toppings downstairs in the California Foyer. While you’re there, get your picture taken in front of their green screen. (Wipe that Bailey’s off your face first!)

8:00 p.m.
Author book signing in California Salons 1 & 2. SEJ member authors will be there to sign books for sale at the U.C. Davis bookstore booth.

8:30 p.m.
Diesel Technology Forum's drawing for a free iPad will be held at 8:30 sharp. Don't miss this!

9:00 p.m.
Receptions are closing down, but Bracewell started late, so they’ll close late. Frank’s Place in the California Ballroom. Karaoke happening! (Grab the last ice cream at the Pew reception on the way!)

Diesel Technology Forum

Get energized and fueled up for a special selection of local craft beer outside under the tent surrounded by the latest generation of technology used in 15 sectors of the economy around the world — including agriculture, construction, goods movement, power generation and personal transportation. We will also have a drawing for some exciting giveaways so be sure to stop by to enter to win!


Environmental Defense Fund

New York Times best-selling author and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) staffer Miriam Horn traveled to America’s heartland and down the Mississippi River to meet conservative ranchers, farmers and fishermen who are embracing cutting-edge practices to protect the natural resources that sustain their livelihoods.

In her latest book, "Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman," Horn challenges pervasive and powerful myths about American and environmental values. "Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman" has been made into a documentary that will appear in theaters and on the Discovery Channel in 2017.

Stop by to meet Horn, who will be joined by Central Valley farmers, ranchers and conservationists that have worked with EDF to advance sustainable agriculture practices on local California farms and ranches. Local beer, wine and nibbles will be served.


Novozymes: How it’s Made — Sustainably

Ever wonder how your jeans and T-shirt can be made with less of an environmental footprint?

How your sandwich might remain tasty for longer?

Or how that ice cream cone you’ll enjoy at our booth can be safely digested by your lactose-intolerant tummy?

You’re invited to stop by and meet Novozymes at the Thursday night reception to learn how all of these products and more are produced in a more sustainable way using biotechnology. Discuss the science of bioinnovation with our special guest Dr. Debbie Yaver, Director of Research & Development at Novozymes’ Davis, CA lab. Dr. Yaver is the inaugural 2014 Rosalind Franklin awardee for more than 20 years of extraordinary scientific contributions related to bacteria and fungi for the field of industrial biotechnology.

Novozymes is the world leader in bioinnovation and has been recently recognized as the world’s #1 science employer by Science magazine, a top innovative company and global game changer by Forbes, and a top company changing the world by Fortune. Dr. Yaver is the managing director of Novozymes’ Davis, CA labs where she specializes in Expression Technology, Genomics and Bioinformatics. For over 22 years, Dr. Yaver has made extraordinary scientific contributions to Novozymes’ fundamental knowledge and expertise in gene expression technology in bacterial and fungal systems. Her leadership in genetic engineering of industrial filamentous fungi has positioned Novozymes as the world leader in enzymes for advanced biofuels and many other industries.

We’ll also have our infamous Zymobile (a Dodge Charger flex-fuel vehicle running on a blend of biofuel and gasoline) on display and available for the ride and drive on Friday morning. Novozymes pioneered the technology that converts plant matter to fuel with more than 100 scientists dedicated globally to improving yields and environmental footprint of conventional and advanced biofuels producers around the world.

Don’t forget to try a sip of our signature cocktail, the Fuzzy Clover when you visit.  We look forward to meeting new faces and talking sustainability with you.


The Pew Charitable Trusts

CHILL out at The Pew Charitable Trusts reception area and make your own ice cream sundae complete with adult toppings. Get the SCOOP on Pew’s latest campaigns. Take a COOL PICTURE to remember your #SEJ2016 experience. You can share your picture right away through the social media kiosk. Just choose your very own virtual backdrop from oceans to wilderness and national parks, to even a frosty pic with a penguin and grab a prop. Come early, come often, bring a friend — there’s no limit to the number of pics you can take!


Policy Resolution Group

The wildly popular Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell LLP reception has a long-standing tradition of fun and fellowship. Also known as “Frank’s Place,” the reception has been an institution at SEJ for more than a decade, bringing together top industry experts and media minds.

Attendees will be treated to tasty hors d’oeuvres, a full bar and — new this year — a DJ to keep the good times going. Co-sponsors for the 2016 reception include the American Cleaning Institute, BrightSource, DTE Energy, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Southern Company, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Valero, Waste Management.


Walton Family Foundation: Fresh & Salty Conversation

Stop by the Walton Family Foundation reception for a fun, informative and tasty mix of fresh and salt water stories. Walton works on two of the most important environmental issues of the day — the conservation of fresh water and the health of the oceans. Staff and partners will be on hand to talk about (1) the ongoing challenges of managing the Colorado River (including the president’s recent announcement on the Salton Sea) and (2) the incredible turnaround of commercial fishing along the Pacific Coast. You will even be able to sample some sustainable West Coast rock fish.


The Wilderness Society

Please join The Wilderness Society for a reception filled with libations, lights and laughter. No, really — solar lights! After spending the day touring the Golden State it will be great to return to stimulating conversation while enjoying delectable dishes and a carving station. We will be highlighting some of our big conservation, energy and climate victories of the year and hope to toast a new year in environmental news coverage. Also don’t miss our wine tasting at 6:00 p.m. We will be sampling California wines, various cheeses, meats and jams.

The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 700,000 members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands.