The 3rd Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) workshop will take place in Liu Institute for Global Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada from March 8-10, 2012.
Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia
6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada
for a map click here.

Travel Reimbursement
With special thanks to the Garfield Foundation, we will be able to reimburse travel costs [up to $750 for participants traveling from the East Coast, Midwest, Ontario, and Québec; and $600 for people coming from the West Coast (with the exception of the Pacific Northwest)]. For participants from Oregon and Washington, we are glad to cover the cost of a roundtrip train ticket. Reimbursement will be provided through the Tellus Institute; please retain your receipts. Specific instructions on the reimbursement process will be provided at the workshop. Feel free to get in touch in the event of any questions on this front.

Do remember that Sunday, March 11 is Daylight Savings Time so you will have to turn your clocks forward an hour (especially important for people catching flights that morning!).

Hotel Accommodation
Out-of-town participants are staying on the University of British Columbia’s campus at the West Coast Suites at UBC Gage Towers. The rate is $129 plus tax per night and we are able to reimburse the cost of up to three nights of accommodation (Thursday arrival, Sunday departure). The suites have been reserved for March 8–10, but many of you have extended your stay at your own expense. All of the reservations have now been made and you can click here to  the online system or telephone the hotel at 1-888-822-1030 to connect with the hotel.  A map highlighting the location of the hotel is available here:

Out of town: Arrival Information
West Coast Suites at UBC Gage Towers is located at 5961 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 2C9.

Via Public Transit (from Airport): There is no direct bus service from the Airport. Take the Canada Line Skytrain (first train at 5:10am; last train at 12:57am) and transfer onto a westbound/UBC bus at any of the following stations: Oakridge / 41st Station (bus #41 or #43), City Hall Station (bus #99 B-line), or Olympic Village Station (bus #84). Each of these buses terminates at the Diesel Bus Loop across from Gage Towers.  There are clear signs at the Airport to the Canada Line / skytrain and you can ask any staff for directions to the station just outside the main terminal.  Tickets are purchased from automatic machines on the platform and you can use a credit card.

Via Public Transit (from Downtown): Take the #4 or #17 bus heading southbound to UBC from any stop on Howe Street. Ride the bus to the last stop at the UBC Trolley Terminal, then walk north to Gage Towers (the buildings are 17 stories and are visible as you approach). Alternatively, during peak hours take the #44 Express bus from any stop on Burrard Street to the last stop at the Diesel Bus Loop across from the Gage Towers.

For more information about public transportation in Vancouver and British Columbia visit the Translink website. For a map and directions click here.

Taxis are also available for a fare of $30–35.

Workshop Opening Reception
An opening reception is scheduled for 6–8pm on Thursday, March 8 at the UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues (6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver). This venue is within walking distance (approximately fifteen minutes) of the West Coast Suites Hotel and will be the workshop location for both Friday and Saturday. You can find a map to the Liu Institute here.

Workshop Friday & Saturday Lunches/Dinners
Lunches and dinners on Friday and Saturday evening are provided, as well as refreshments in the mornings.  We will presume your intention to attend both dinner events unless we hear otherwise.  We thank our generous sponsors for their support including The Garfield Foundation, BC Institute of Technology, Vancity and many others.  See full list of our sponsors and partners here.

Workshop Tours
There are two tours planned for the workshop.  The first is at lunch on Saturday – a tour of the UBC CIRS sustainability building led by John Robinson – (http://cirs.ubc.ca).  The second is on Sunday 11 March in the morning from 9am – 11:30am – an optional tour of the City of Vancouver’s City Studio and Neighbourhood Energy Utility, Olympic Village led by Sadhu Johnson, Deputy City Manager, City of Vancouver.  Please confirm your attendance for Sunday’s tour with Joyce at joyce@oneearthweb.org.  Meet at 9:00am at the UBC Gage Towers Check-in Desk.  Sunday breakfast will be served in thanks to our generous sponsor – Strathcona Business Improvement Association.

Metro Vancouver Sustainability Dialogues and Breakfast on Dematerialization – 7 March (11:30am – 2pm) and 8 March (7:30am – 9am)
Folks based in Vancouver or arriving early for the workshop may be interested in participating in a Metro Vancouver Sustainability Dialogue on March 7 (11:30am – 2pm – SFU Segal School of Business – 500 Granville St) or a Metro Vancouver Sustainability Breakfast event on March 8 (7:30am – 9am – BCIT downtown – 555 Seymour St) on Dematerialization featuring some of the SCORAI Planning Team and Peter Victor. More details here:

UBC Campus Information:

The conference venue and hotel are both on the University of British Columbia’s campus. For reference, please find the following materials:

Vancouver Information:

Participants from outside Vancouver may be interested in exploring the region of Metro Vancouver during their stay. Tourist information is available from the following sites:


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