SPC Impact 2018

Open to SPC Members + Non-members

Apr 24, 2018 - Apr 26, 2018 San Francisco, CA

Tours and site visits are a wonderful opportunity for event attendees to learn more what the hosting city is doing in terms of sustainability; what companies and businesses have cooking; science and arts contribution to the environment and to spend some time with fellow attendees in a more casual environment.

SPC Impact will offer a variety of tours to take advantage of the happenings in the Bay Area.

Please note that many tours overlap with sessions. Reference the schedule as to not double book with a regular session you would like to attend.

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Autodesk Gallery

Apr 24, 2018 12:00 pm  —  8:00 am

This tour is FULL – waitlist available.

Bringing together stories of exceptional design and engineering from across the globe, the Autodesk Gallery celebrates the creative process and shows how people are using new technology to imagine, design, and create a better world. Named a top destination by Wired magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, the gallery features dozens of exhibits, including original works by Lego, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, and more.

Tour will depart from the hotel lobby. Attendees will walk to the Autodesk Gallery (15-20 minute walk).

California Academy of Sciences

Apr 24, 2018 12:00 pm  —  8:00 am

This tour is FULL – waitlist available.

Explore the California Academy of Sciences, home to an aquarium, natural history museum, and planetarium, all under one living roof! Dr. Elizabeth Bagley, the Manager of Environmental Sustainability Education and Engagement will lead the tour.

Tour will depart from the hotel lobby, attendees will be bussed to the Academy.

Recology’s Recycle Central

Apr 24, 2018 12:00 pm  —  6:00 am

FULL. Please note the waitlist group will most likely not be able to attend tour. Please select another tour. 

Recology’s zero waste tour includes a walk-through of Recycle Central, the 200,000-square-foot recycling facility on San Francisco’s Pier 96. This plant is a key component of San Francisco’s recycling system and processes more than 600 tons of mixed recyclables per day. The plant completed a $14 million upgrade in 2016 and 2017 and is one of the most modern recycling facilities in North America. Your visit will include a PowerPoint presentation of Recology’s curbside compost collection program, a model that helps achieve numerous environmental benefits and is the subject of international interest.

Everyone must wear thick-soled shoes, no scarves.

Tour will depart from the hotel lobby.


Target Open House

Apr 24, 2018 12:00 pm  —  12:00 pm

Welcome to Open House. Consider this your home for possibilities, built to show you just how to bring them to life. It is a place to experiment with and purchase smart products, learn about product possibilities and connect with creators. In the evening, Open House turns into an event space, hosting discussions, presentations and collaborations.

Tour will depart from the hotel lobby. Attendees will walk to the Open House (10 minute walk). 

USDA Western Regional Center

Apr 24, 2018 7:00 am  —  8:00 am

The Western Regional Research Center (WRRC) conducts mission-oriented research to enhance the healthfulness of foods; to develop new food and industrial products from renewable resources; and to protect and enhance the quality of the environment. Scientists at the WRRC will lead the tour of laboratories and pilot plant while providing an overview of the research conducted at this site.

Tour will depart from the hotel lobby. Attendees will be bussed to the Western Regional Research Center.