Lodging and Travel for SEJ's 28th Annual Conference

 

 

Lodging and
Transportation

Agenda Registration Lodging/ Travel Sponsors / Exhibitors Environmental News About Flint

 

 

 

SEJ MEMBERS:

Find a roommate or arrange to carpool.
(You'll need your log-in information.)

 

Air and Ground Transportation
Lodging

 

GETTING THERE

 

Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)

 

  • ONLINE: www.metroairport.com
  • SERVICE: Flights from multiple domestic and international carriers. Hub for Delta and Spirit airlines. Two terminals.
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Detroit Metropolitan Airport is approximately 80 miles from Flint. Car rentals are available. We've negotiated a reduced rate shuttle service to and from Detroit Metropolitan Airport for conference attendees with Golden Limousine. The shuttle from Detroit Metro to Flint is available from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3 – 4, and from Flint to Detroit Metro until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 – 7. Go here to register for this service. If Golden Limo's schedule doesn't work for you, there are several other private shuttle services advertised online. SEJ members can also arrange ride shares (you'll need your log-in info). In addition, we've created a Google ride-share document where you can add your flight arrival and departure times, contact info and connect with other attendees to arrange ride-sharing. Contact Cindy, cmac@sej.org, for the document URL.

 

Bishop International Airport (FNT), Flint

  • ONLINE: www.bishopairport.org
  • SERVICE: Airlines include Allegiant, American, United and Delta. Nonstops available from Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Ft. Myers, Tampa and Orlando.
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Complimentary shuttles to SEJ host hotels.
  • IMPORTANT: Read "What to do upon arrival at Flint airport." Note: If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Express, they request that you notify them of your arrival time at least one day before your arrival. They do not pick up at the airport on demand.

 

STAYING THERE

Hotels

 

NOTES:

  • Beginning Wednesday morning, there will be regular shuttles from each hotel to the conference center and back each day. There will be a central pick-up at the Holiday Inn Flint Gateway Center for those staying at the three hotels near the airport. The shuttle will also stop at the Holiday Inn Express near campus. You should receive a shuttle schedule upon check-in to your hotel and we'll have stacks of them on hand at each hotel. The schedule will also be emailed to attendees, you can find it on the Whova app and it will be posted online here, when available. Please check back. Factory One, site of Wednesday's evening plenary, is a very short walk from the Riverfront Conference Center. We'll walk back to the Riverfront to catch shuttles back to hotels after the program at Factory One.
  • Free parking will be available for SEJ attendees and guests at Riverfront Banquet/Conference Center Parking Ramp for the duration of the conference.

    Our conference venue. Click to enlarge.
    1 is the ramp to the left of Riverfront
    2 is the entrance across Beach St.
    The arrow is where elevators/stairs can be accessed.

    The Riverfront Banquet/Conference Center is located on the corner of Saginaw Street and W. Union Street; the building address is 1 Riverfront Plaza, Flint, MI 48502. The parking ramp has two entrances; one directly to the left of Riverfront's main drive, and the second can be accessed by following W. Union Street behind the Riverfront complex and across Beach Street.

    After you've parked in the structure, take the elevator or stairs to the ground level and exit the structure onto W. Union Street. Cross Union Street towards the red bricked pavers and the main entrance to Riverfront will be to your left. You can exit the Conference Center and access the parking ramp from the second floor skywalk in Riverfront, however you will NOT be able to enter the building through the skywalk; this entrance is reserved for residence hall students only.

    For those with limited mobility AND staying in Riverfront Residence Hall guest housing, the residential elevators will provide access to conference sessions held on the second floor of the School of Management. Your Blue MCard (an electronic access key) will give you access to the 2nd floor as well as guest housing (floors 14-16). If you are mobility impaired and NOT staying in Riverfront, please send your name and request to Cindy MacDonald, cmac@sej.org and Clark Dawood, cdawood@umflint.edu so that the Guest Housing staff can create an access card for you to use during the conference.

 

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Hotels

SHUTTLE SCHEDULE

 

Holiday Inn Flint Gateway Center (near airport)

  • ADDRESS: 5353 Gateway Centre, Flint, MI 48507
  • Distance to Riverfront Conference Center: 8.7 miles. Directions.
  • PHONE: (810) 232-5300 or (800) 465-4329. Identify yourself as part of the SEJ group if you call for a reservation.
  • RESERVATIONS: Book online or by phone and ask to be placed in the Society of Environmental Journalists’ block. Reserve by extended deadline of Oct 1 for special SEJ rate.
  • RATE: Single and Double: $114. Taxes extra. Free parking.
  • AMENITIES: Complimentary Flint airport shuttle and WiFi. Indoor pool, fitness center and full-service restaurant (steakhouse).

 

Residence Inn by Marriott Flint (near airport)

  • ADDRESS: 2202 West Hill Road, Flint, MI 48507
  • Distance to Riverfront Conference Center: 8.5 miles. Directions.
  • PHONE: (810) 424-7000 or (888) 236-2427. Identify yourself as part of the SEJ group if you call for a reservation.
  • RESERVATIONS: Book online or by phone. This hotel is almost full and the Society of Environmental Journalists’ block has been released, so contact the hotel for availability and current costs.
  • RATE: Single and Double: phone to ask. Taxes extra. Free parking.
  • AMENITIES: Complimentary Flint airport shuttle and WiFi. Breakfast included with room. Fitness center and indoor pool.

 

Courtyard by Marriott Flint (near airport)

  • ADDRESS: 5205 Gateway Centre, Flint, MI 48507
  • Distance to Riverfront Conference Center: 8.8 miles. Directions.
  • PHONE: (810) 232-3500 or (888) 236-2427. Identify yourself as part of the SEJ group if you call for a reservation.
  • RESERVATIONS: Book online or by phone and ask to be placed in the Society of Environmental Journalists’ block. Reserve by extended deadline of Oct 1 for special SEJ rate.
  • RATE: Single and Double: $109. Taxes extra. Free parking.
  • AMENITIES: Complimentary Flint airport shuttle, parking and WiFi. Indoor pool and fitness center. Starbucks Bistro.

 

Holiday Inn Express Flint – Campus Area (walking distance to the Riverfront Conference Center)

  • ADDRESS: 1150 Robert T. Longway Blvd., Flint, MI 48503
  • Distance to Riverfront Conference Center: 0.8 mile. Directions.
  • PHONE: (810) 238-7744 or (877) 834-3613. Promo code HBC.
  • RESERVATIONS: This hotel is full.
  • RATE: Single and Double: $110. Taxes extra. Free parking.
  • AMENITIES: Complimentary Flint airport shuttle, parking and WiFi. Breakfast included with room. Fitness center.

 

And now for something completely different:

UM – Flint Riverfront (our conference center)
1 Riverfront Plaza, Flint, MI 48502. Map.

The Riverfront features residence-hall-style lodging with four private bedrooms in a suite with shared kitchen, living room and bathroom space. Bedding is a bit unpredictable; we suggest bringing a blanket.

These rooms, located in the building where most sessions are held, are only $60 per bed per night. We ask that those who can afford to stay in one of the conference hotels do so, and allow these rooms to be used by people who couldn’t otherwise afford to attend the conference. You’ll be rewarded by better privacy and likely a more comfortable bed. ;-)

You can request to be placed with specific individuals as roommates by adding their names to the roommates field. 

Hall amenities include:

  • Secure buildings with keycard access
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Parking
  • Building staff dedicated to helping guests
  • Laundry facilities
  • Vending machines
  • Community gathering area

Note: you’ll need to bring your own blow dryer. Rooms are set up suite style, giving each guest their own bedroom while sharing the common areas with other guests. Each suite has a kitchenette, living space and breakfast bar or dining room table. A typical bedroom comes with an extra-long twin bed, desk, chair, wardrobe and a chest of drawers with desktop organizer.

ADULT RATE: $60.00 per guest, per night

ADDITIONAL COSTS

  • Linen Service*
  • Housekeeping Service

*First set of linen is free. Linen includes extra-long twin fitted sheet, extra-long twin flat sheet, extra-long twin blanket, pillow with case, towel and washcloth. There is a fee for additional linen.

Reserve your room here. Note: Submitting this request form is not a guarantee of a room. Watch for a follow-up email from the UM-Flint housing office confirming your room.

 

If you're already booked at the Riverfront Center's Residence Hall:

  • Check your email. Confirmations were sent on Wed. evening (Sept. 26). If you don't see it, call 810-237-6571. The person answering won't have access to reservation data, but will pass a message on to someone who can send you a confirmation. Alternatively, email cbruggs@sej.org to see if you're on Chris' latest Riverfront lodging list.
  • Remember, Riverfront offers dorm-style accommodations, so be prepared to share a bathroom and perhaps bring an extra towel or blanket. And a blow dryer!
  • You'll have a full kitchen, but it won't be stocked, although last year at a site visit we discovered apples in the fridge — and a gallon of milk that was completely solid. It's an adventure. :-)