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Independent Hospitality Receptions are one of many highlights of SEJ's annual conference. Hospitality Receptions give organizations the opportunity to showcase their mission and services to SEJ attendees and to possibly expand on conference topics. Attendees are encouraged to visit Hospitality Receptions throughout Thursday evening from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., where they can gain insights into relevant issues and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere of food and beverage.

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Independent Hospitality Receptions

Here are the 2008 Independent Hospitality Reception Hosts. Check back soon for descriptions and locations of the receptions. You'll find a list of exhibitors and Program Agenda Booklet advertisers here.

1. The Alliance for Appalachia
The Alliance for Appalachia is a regional alliance with the goal of ending mountaintop removal coal mining, putting a halt to destructive coal technologies and supporting a sustainable, just economy in Appalachia. Our 13 member organizations are listed below. The Alliance represents over 13,000 members in 5 states, including West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Location: Crystal Ballroom D, North

Appalachian Citizens' Law Center
Appalachian Voices
Appalachian Voices logo.
Appalshop logo.
Coal River Mountain Watch
Coal River Mountain Watch logo.
Heartwood logo.
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth logo.
MACED logo.
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition logo.
Save Our Cumberland Mountains
Save Our Cumberland Mountains logo.
Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program
Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program logo.
Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards
Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards logo.
Southwings logo.
West Virginia Highlands Conservancy
West Virginia Highlands Conservancy logo.
2. Alliance for Cheap, Clean, non-Coal Energy (ACCCE)
Our continued reliance on coal and other dirty energy sources is increasingly harmful to ratepayers, shareholders, the environment and the climate. Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, Energy Action Coalition, and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network are among the leading groups mobilizing citizens to stop the construction of dirty new coal plants and direct proposed investments into clean, efficient energy solutions. These groups represent the most successful work happening in coal-impacted communities, on college campuses across the country, in boardrooms from Bank of America to Dominion Power, and on the Hill.
Location: Crystal Ballroom A

Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Chesapeake Climate Action Network logo.
Energy Action Coalition
Energy Action Coalition logo.
Rainforest Action Network
Rainforest Action Network logo.
Sierra Club: Moving Beyond Coal
Sierra Club logo.

3. America's WETLAND Foundation
Home to dozens of threatened and endangered species and our nation's largest flyways, America's WETLAND is one of the most significant estuaries in the world.

An amazingly complex ecosystem composed of swamplands, marshes and forests that span over 6,000 square miles of Louisiana's coast, it's hard to imagine a world without America's WETLAND.

But we don't have to imagine. This valuable landscape is washing away at an alarming rate of more than a football field every 50 minutes.

We can save America's WETLAND. Stop by Roanoke Ballroom E to learn more about what you can do to help.
Location: Roanoke Ballroom E

America's WETLAND Foundation logo.
4. American Rivers
American Rivers is the leading national organization standing up for healthy rivers so communities can thrive. Visit the American Rivers reception in Roanoke Ballroom G to rock out to your favorite river songs, enjoy beer and snacks, and win river gear and other fun prizes. Hear about our work to protect and restore rivers, and learn why healthy rivers and clean water are more important than ever in an era of climate change. Founded in 1973, American Rivers has more than 65,000 members and supporters nationwide, with offices in Washington, DC and the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, California and Northwest regions.
Location: Roanoke Ballroom G

American Rivers logo.
5. Animal Planet and Planet Green
Animal Planet and Planet Green invite you to mix and mingle with healthy hors d'oevres while getting a flavor for the best programming from both networks.

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment.

Planet Green is Discovery Communications' global, cross-company initiative with a commitment to document, preserve and celebrate the planet, including the first-ever 24-hour lifestyle and entertainment network in more than 50 million homes. It's the center for the new green conversation, speaking to people who want to understand green living and to those who truly want to make a difference in meeting the critical challenge of protecting our environment.
Location: Crystal Ballroom B

6. Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is a prominent international law firm with more than 400 lawyers and public policy advisors in Texas, New York, Washington, DC, Connecticut, Dubai, Kazakhstan and London. Our Strategic Communications team serves companies and coalitions by providing a range of services that improve the public position of our clients, including Coalition Support, Crisis Communications, Issues Advocacy, Litigation Support and Media Relations. Unlike other world-class public affairs firms, many of our team members are attorneys. This substantive legal expertise is brought to bear when complex legal developments require a prompt media response on behalf of our clients.
Location: Roanoke Ballroom H

Bracewell & Giuliani logo.
7. Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Defense Fund, a leading national nonprofit organization, represents more than 500,000 members. Since being founded by scientists in 1967, Environmental Defense Fund has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems. Our efforts include fighting global warming, protecting endangered species, restoring our oceans, cleaning up toxic pollution and promoting tough clean air and water health and safety standards. More information.
Location: Roanoke Ballroom B, South

Environmental Defense Fund logo.

8. Intel Corporation
Intel is a leader in environmental sustainability for how we responsibly manage our operations, design products with the environment in mind and work around the world through voluntary initiatives and advocacy as recognized by many third party organizations such as Innovest, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Dow Jones. In 2008, Intel was included for the tenth year in a row (since inception) in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes and was also named a Supersector Leader for Technology for the eighth consecutive year. We believe that technology will be fundamental to finding solutions to the world's environmental challenges.
Location: Crystal Ballroom D, South

Intel logo.

9. Island Press
Since 1984, Island Press has been a leading publisher of books about the environment for professionals, students, and general readers. Our titles reflect the breadth and immediacy of global environmental problems and the range of appropriate responses to them, from solutions-oriented books for working professionals to books on ideas that inform and inspire.
Location: Crystal Ballroom E

Island Press logo.

10. Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University
Come meet Bill Chameides, dean of Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, former chief scientist at Environmental Defense Fund, and author of the new environmental blog, "The Green Grok." Bill will share his thoughts on some of the biggest issues being covered by environmental journalists today, and explain why he's launching his own blog to help elucidate the causes of, and potential remedies for, environmental change.

Enjoy organic hors d'oeuvres and open bar, featuring the Green Groktini.
Location: Roanoke Ballroom D, South

Nicholas School of the Environment logo.

11. Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. To learn more about our zero-emission vehicle initiatives, please join us and enjoy desserts and cordials.
Location: Roanoke Ballroom B, North

12. Southern Environmental Law Center
The Power of the Law
SELC welcomes SEJ members to our "backyard" this fall! Join us for barbecue, bourbon and bluegrass — while meeting some of the best sources you'll find on environmental issues in the South today. SELC is a non-profit, nonpartisan advocacy organization that works in all levels of government to create, implement, and enforce environmental law and policy. Our 34 highly credentialed attorneys are nationally respected experts in global warming, energy, clean air and water, wetlands, forests, transportation and land use. Since its founding in 1986, SELC has earned a reputation as the South's environmental champion.
Location: Roanoke Ballroom F

Southern Environmental Law Center logo.
13. Stop Mountaintop Removal Coalition
The Stop Mountaintop Removal Coalition is a broad-based effort by local and national groups dedicated to stopping the harmful practice of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. Comprised of the Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment, Coal River Mountain Watch, Earthjustice, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Sierra Club and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, we are working to spread the word about the devastation happening in Appalachia and encourage public participation to end this destructive mining practice once and for all. Learn more.

Join Mountaintop Removal experts to see multimedia displays and try our featured drink, "the Sludge Slide," enjoy a variety of desserts and listen to live music.
Location: Crystal Ballroom C

Stop Mountaintop Removal Coalition logo.
Appalachian Center for the Economy & the Environment
Coal River Mountain Watch
Coal River Mountain Watch logo.
Earthjustice logo.

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition logo.
Sierra Club
Sierra Club logo.
West Virginia Highlands Conservancy
West Virginia Highlands Conservancy logo.

Fees paid to SEJ for advertisements, use and management of exhibit and hospitality space during the conference provide unrestricted income which will be used to defray costs of SEJ general operating in 2009.

SEJ played no role in content planning for independent exhibits and hospitality receptions.

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