Thursday, January 22, 2015

Are You Ready for MAEOE Conference?

A Greener MAEOE Conference:
  • Carbon Offsets – a portion of the fee is used to offset our estimated carbon footprint
  • Consider carpooling to the conference.  There is a list on the registration page of who is attending.  If you do not know anyone on the list, we have a carpool board set-up. Click here to offer or request a ride.
  • All materials are available online and participants are encouraged to “print what you need” only
  • Recycling – we have a contractor, Cooper Waste Services, who has graciously agreed to provide recycling services for our conference.
  • Book Swap – bring a book, take a book program is back
  • All printed materials are on recycled stock
  • Save money and reduce your carbon footprint! Room Sharing is available, our roomshare board can be found here.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own mug and/or water bottle
  • Online registration saves paper
  • Bring your own lanyard – use it for you nametag and reduce waste
  • Bag swap – tired of your reusable tote?  Bring it and exchange it for a different one.
New this Year:
  • Bring your own Lanyard- One of our many Green Initiatives
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Friday Night Movie Screening- Free Drink and Popcorn
  • Newcomers Friday Night Social- Meet with some veteran Conference Goers
  • Kids Program Saturday- Four great programs from our partners
  • Internet Based Curriculum Exploration Round Tables- Learn and Explore during the Networking Break on Saturday
Dr. J. Drew Lanham our Keynote Speaker:
J. Drew Lanham is a native of Edgefield, South Carolina and a Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University where he teaches and conducts research in the areas of wildlife management, land and conservation ethic and field ornithology. Drew has been at Clemson University 17 years and is an award-winning teacher and researcher. A lifelong naturalist, birder and passionate hunter, he speaks extensively on natural resources conservation to professional and lay audiences alike with a focus on blending science and motivating others to passionately observe and conserve the flora and fauna of his beloved southern landscape. He is an award-winning broadcaster as a co-host of a popular birding and natural history show aired through the Clemson University’s Your Day format on SC ETV Public Radio.
Drew sees his professional passion and personal missions converging to define sustainability and conservation in new ways. A major focus of this effort is to tell the stories of African- American connections to nature in the Southeast and beyond. Drew lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with his wife Janice. They have two adult children, Kimberly Alexis and Donovan Colby.
Find out more at  The Conference Program will be posted soon!