Submitted on 2012-12-11 21:02
One of the things that is really important to us here at LCA HQ is being as environmentally responsible as we possibly can. Which turns out to be not actually all that easy when you need to get seven or eight hundred people from all over the place into the city for the event.
So one of the first things we thought we wanted to do when we put together our bid was to try and make travelling to the conference as green as possible. We’ve managed to pull together a few different things that we hope you can work into your travel plans, and do a little bit to help our planet:
If you’re travelling from Sydney consider taking a Murray’s coach to Canberra. The coach only takes three hours, and the carbon impact of a coach ride is around 36 kg of carbon versus 190 kg for a flight. Even better, the coach is only $15 each way! Bargain! We’re also going to run a free shuttle from the Jolimont Centre where the buses come in to the conference venue and accommodation. The shuttles will run from 10am to 6pm on the Sunday before the conference, and 9am to noon on the Monday. To get you back after LCA ends, shuttles will run from noon to 9pm on the Friday at the end of the conference, and from 10am to 6pm on the Saturday.
If you are flying to Canberra then we have a free shuttle service to and from the airport, so you don’t need to take a taxi. The shuttle is the same one which stops at Jolimont for the bus people, so it also runs from 10am to 6pm on the Sunday before the conference, and 9am to noon on the Monday. To get you back after LCA ends, the shuttles will run from noon to 9pm on the Friday at the end of the conference, and from 10am to 6pm on the Saturday.
The ANU campus is big and we understand that for some people a ten minute walk to the keynote in the morning is a bit of a challenge. We of course want to encourage you to walk, but for those who would prefer to take a bus, we are running limited shuttles from the ANU accommodation to the keynotes each morning. We will also provide limited shuttle service back to the accommodation at the end of each conference day.
We are providing buses for all the off-campus social events as well. Details will be provided as we get a bit closer.
Don’t forget that we are also stealing 2012’s excellent idea and selling trees as a carbon offset option during registration. It doesn’t cost much, but it makes a big difference.
We’re all ears if you have other ideas about how to make the conference as environmentally friendly as possible. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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