CURRICULUM FOR THE BIOREGION INITIATIVE
SUSTAINABILITY-ACROSS-THE-CURRICULUM SUMMER INSTITUTE DETAILS
GREETINGS, SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS!
We are excited about the program we’ve assembled for July 9-12 and look forward to meeting you in just a
couple of weeks. This memo should provide you with details about arriving at University of Puget Sound on
Wednesday afternoon, July 9th, about what to pack and bring, about accessing our institute website, and doing
some advance reading. If you have questions before the institute, please contact Lucienne Guyot
(email@example.com), one of the project’s grad student assistants.
To learn more about the institute and your fellow participants and resource faculty, please go to the
Washington Center homepage: http://www.evergreen.edu/washcenter/home.asp Click on the 2008
Sustainability across the Curriculum Summer Institute in the lower right-hand corner of the home page.
Then, on the right side of the page, click on Participant Login. Here, you will be asked to type your e-mail
address (please use the one you gave us on your registration form) and a password, which is sustain. Then hit
the SUBMIT button and you should get into our institute workspace. (If you have any difficulty getting in,
please be in touch with Lucienne.) There, you can find key documents about the institute, information about
the campus teams who will be attending, information about our resource faculty team, and our Sustainability
DIRECTIONS TO UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND AND TO INSTITUTE REGISTRATION
We are expecting that all institute participants will arrive and register between 4:00 – 5:30 pm on Wednesday,
July 9th. If you know now that your arrival will be delayed, please contact Lucienne (firstname.lastname@example.org)
to make special arrangement for getting institute registration materials and your room key to the residence
hall where we will be staying.
FROM THE NORTH: From Interstate 5, take Exit 132 and stay on the right side to head toward Gig
Harbor/Bremerton/ Highway 16. Take the second exit, Union Avenue. Follow the directions below.
FROM THE SOUTH: From Interstate 5, take Exit 132 to head toward Gig Harbor/Bremerton/Highway
16. Be careful; it is one of those ramps where you are trying to merge ON to Highway 16 and people are
trying to merge OFF it at the same location! Once you have merged onto Highway 16, take the very next
exit, Union Avenue. Follow the directions below:
Turn right at the light at the bottom of the ramp. Travel north about two miles; go straight through the
light at 6th Avenue to the next light, North 11th Street (note that you will pass South 11th Street on the
way to 6th Avenue; do not turn there!). At North 11th Street you will see the football stadium on your
right. Turn right, in front of the stadium, onto North 11th Street. Take the next left, North Lawrence
Street, and go to the end of the street. The parking lot for Wheelock Student Center will be on your right.
Look for directional signs saying SUSTAINBILITY as you approach the campus.
DIRECTIONS TO UPS (CONT’D)
The Wheelock Center is to the immediate north of the Parking Lot. It is the large building with English
Tudor siding, and a large circular wing with a cupola on top. Walk to the left (west) side of this building to
enter and follow signs to our institute registration tables.
There, we’ll get you checked in, provide you with a conference program and a nametag, and ask you to sign
up for a Thursday morning field trip. (See the attached institute overview for field trip choices: the van space
is limited on each trip so please consider your first and second choices and come early to sign up for the one
you want.) Thanks to our grant from The Russell Family Foundation, we will also be able to give you a $50
gift card to the University of Puget Sound bookstore, whose staff have stocked a nice array of current titles
related to sustainability topics. Also, if you are staying overnight at UPS, you should pick up your room key
here as well.
If you are commuting to UPS and not staying overnight, you can continue to use this parking lot each day.
No special passes are required. Also, when you register, be sure to pick up your meal tickets for the Institute!
WHAT TO PACK AND BRING
We suggest that you bring the following to the institute:
A water bottle and a travel mug (we are trying to reduce our paper cup consumption).
Casual dress and layers for this unpredictable spring/summer weather.
For Thursday’s outdoors field trips, a light umbrella or rain jacket, as we will go rain or shine, and
comfortable walking shoes. All trips will be on flat surfaces except for the Puget Creek field trip, in
which participants will descend a fairly steep trail into a ravine (and have the option of re-ascending
by van or by foot!)
On Friday morning, there will be an optional “yoga stretch and de-stress” break for which you
might wear loose-fitting clothing. (No yoga-mat needed, however, as we won’t be on the floor or
One member of your campus team should bring a laptop computer for team planning and notes.
About 15 handouts if you are presenting and want to share resources with your colleagues.
One copy of a syllabus or notes on a course or learning community program that you hope to
strengthen with sustainability concepts/content.
HOUSING AT UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND
University of Puget Sound’s Trimble Hall is set up with small apartments. In each apartment, four to six
single-occupancy bedrooms share bathroom/shower space, a kitchenette and dining/living area. Men and
women will be housed in separate apartments, and we do our best to keep team members together. Rooms are
equipped with linens, a pillow, bed sheets, and blankets. There will be enough fresh towels and washcloths
for your stay. The kitchen has a working refrigerator and a microwave, but no cooking/eating utensils. All
meals and refreshment breaks are provided, but you may enjoy having some beverages and snacks for evening
socializing. Alcohol is permitted in the private rooms and suites of Trimble Hall but not in the lounge areas.
Smoking is not allowed in any campus building, including residence hall rooms, lounges, and bathrooms.
If you are staying in the residence halls, consider bringing:
Extra clothes hangers if you think you will need them (none are provided)
A small bedside lamp or book light (there are overhead fluorescent lights in the rooms)
An alarm clock
A small mirror (these are provided in the restrooms and most hallways, but not in every individual
Ear plugs (recommended if you are a light sleeper in unfamiliar environments)
Snacks, libations, drinking cups for evening socializing (optional…know that we will be feeding
Your conference registration includes free passes on designated days and hours to the college fitness center
and swimming pool. The conference agenda will be quite packed but there will be open time on Friday
afternoon. There will be passes for the fitness center and pool and waivers to sign at Conference Registration
when you check in.
READING TO DO IN ADVANCE: IMPORTANT!
On the institute website, there is a set of articles to read in advance. We have organized them by Institute day.
We ask that you bring with you copies of the reading for July 9 and the reading for the evening of July 11, for
we will be “seminaring” on these readings.
As noted above, the University of Puget Sound bookstore is stocking a selection of titles related to
sustainability theory and practice. Each institute participant will receive a $50 gift card for book purchases at
the bookstore. If you scroll down to the end of the Advance Reading page on the website, you will find a
Word document that lists the titles that we have asked the bookstore to stock.
INTERNET AND E-MAIL ACCESS
In Trimble Residence Hall, there is no wireless access, but there are ethernet connections; we suggest that you
bring an ethernet cord for your computer if it has ethernet capability. In the Wheelock Student Center, where
we will be eating all our meals and coming together for refreshment breaks, there is wireless access. The UPS
Conference Services team will provide us with wireless “guest codes” for our stay, which you can pick up at
registration. Alternatively, you may use any of the computers in the library during their open hours.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
We assume that your loved ones or colleagues will know how to contact you by cell phone. And, you may
give them this number for urgent/emergency messages: 253-879-3483.
INSTITUTE SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
The “Institute Overview,” attached with this e-mail and posted on the website, provides a brief overview of
how the Institute is organized. We will post a more detailed Institute program on the Institute website on June
30th and we will also provide you with a printed program at the Institute itself. We have designed the Institute
as a sequential set of experiences, so please plan to attend all sessions.
PRESENTING AT THE INSTITUTE
If you indicated to your campus team leader an interest in giving a short presentation in one of our concurrent
sessions, Jean MacGregor either has contacted you or will contact you in the coming week to confirm your
participation in that session. Thanks to those of who are willing to make contributions!
Please call Lucienne Guyot, Grad Student Assistant at 360-867-6910 or email email@example.com