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Sustainable Practices for Controlled Environments


Joint Annual Meeting
Learn More About NCERA-101
July 8-11, 2015   
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Hosts:  Joan Leonard and Peter Ling
OSU Biological Sciences Greenhouse
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       The AERGC would like to thank all of the generous sponsors for their donations 
in making the 2015 Annual Meeting a success! 
Registration Information

AERGC Member and Non-Member: Prior to June 15, 2015 the registration fee is $275. Registration includes welcome reception, most meals (see agenda for included meals) and tour day to OARDC.On June 15, 2015 and after the registration fee is $315 per person.
NCERA-101 Student Registration: The registration fee for student attendees is $100. This category applies to graduate students of NCERA-101 members. Deadline for submission of abstracts for the annual graduate student poster competition for this year’s annual meeting of NCERA-101 is June 18, 2015. Send the abstracts to Jonathan Frantz.
Note: Due to the nature of this joint meeting, we are not offering companion registrations. Companions are welcome to attend and will need to pay full registration.

Registration Cancellation Notice:
Registration cancellations will be honored until June 30, 2015.
After June 30, 2015, registration cancellations will be refunded at the 50% level.
IMPORTANT NOTE before registering: For those wishing to stay in campus residence halls, you must request and pay for dorm housing during the registration process. There are no on-site reservations or payments accepted. Do not contact Residence Housing Office to make reservation- reservations are only taken as part of AERGC/NCERA-101 meeting registration. Please read carefully information on accommodations below before registering.


Planning to Attend Cultivate '15? The Columbus Convention Center is just 3 miles south of campus on High St. Accommodations closer to the convention center during the conference are managed by AmericanHort. You may wish to extend your stay at either of the campus options below and drive or use taxi or bus service to the convention center.

>SOLD OUT 7/10 and 7/11 Option 1: The Blackwell Inn

2110 Tuttle Park Place
Columbus, OH 43210
$135.00 per night, king or double queen
The Blackwell Inn sits on the north side of campus across from the Ohio Stadium. We have a block of rooms set aside until Monday June 8, 2015. Please identify you are with AERGC/NCERA-101 to receive the group rate when you call for reservations. Group rate not available online. Meeting registration and most meals will be located at the Blackwell Inn.



Option 2: Campus Residence Hall Housing -Do Not Contact Directly
The Residence on Tenth (TROT), 230 W. 10th Avenue (south campus)
Check-in: Smith-Steeb Lobby, 80 W. 11th Avenue

$60.00 per night (includes bed linens, towels and soap), single or double occupancy
after July 1, $70.00 per night on an as available basis (please note, advance reservation required! Last day to reserve a dorm room is Monday July 6.)
Built in 2013, TROT residence housing is air conditioned. Bring an extra blanket if you chill easily. Bathrooms are shared with private toilet and shower pods. South campus residences are located near the Ohio Union and High Street, a major road through Columbus. The Blackwell Inn is a 15 minute walk from TROT or short bus ride on the free Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) which runs 7AM-7PM approximately every 11 minutes.
Reservations and payment for residence hall housing must be made as part of the meeting registration process. For double occupancy, only one of the occupants should reserve and make payment for the room. The paying occupant must list the name and organization of their roommate during the registration process. The additional occupant should register separately for the meeting (if attending). It will be between the two parties to share housing costs if they desire. 
NEW Option 3: Hampton Inn and Suites Columbus University Area
3160 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43202
$139.00+tax per night for a king or double/double
We have a small block of rooms for the nights of 7/8, 7/9, and 7/10. If you you wish to arrive earlier or stay additional nights you will need to make reservations for those dates separately as they are not included in the AERGC reserve block. There are very few rooms available on Saturday 7/11. The Hampton will provide free shuttle service to the Blackwell.


Reservation instructions 
 1. Click this link:
2. Enter the dates on the left 7/8/2015-7/11/2015
3. Click the ‘Add Special Rate Codes’
4. Under ‘Group Code’ enter the group code: AER
5. Click ‘Check Rooms & Rates’
6. $139.00 rate under AERGC will populate. Click the Select Button.
7. Fill in your information.


Transportation Information

by air: Columbus International Airport (CMH) serves central Ohio. The airport is located 10 miles 
from the OSU campus.
  • The Blackwell Inn offers complimentary airport shuttle service to guests on a limited first come, first serve basis with arrangement in advance only. 
  • Taxi service from the airport to OSU is approximately $25+ gratuity
  • Car rental services are available at CMH.
by car: The OSU campus is convenient to interstate highways I-70 and I-71, and state route SR-315 runs through the campus.
by bus: Megabus has a stop at the Ohio Union on the OSU campus but not all trips make this stop. Check with Megabus to be sure otherwise you will find yourself in downtown Columbus. 
Please Note: The OSU campus is situated in an urban area. Precautions for personal safety, especially after dark, are strongly recommended. Don't walk alone at night and keep to well lit paths. There are Emergency phones located across campus (blue light on top) and Student Security Services will provide escort service from 7PM-3AM. Call 614-292-3322 to request an escort. For more information visit: OSU escort service
The Blackwell Inn offers valet parking for hotel guests and meeting attendees for $17 per day with unlimited in/out privileges.  Self-parking in the adjacent Lane Avenue Garage and other campus garages is $10 per day with a single exit. Parking information for residence hall guests will be posted soon.
Campus Area Bus Service (CABS)
OSU offers free bus service around the OSU campus. Summer service is limited to Campus Loop North (CLN) and the Campus Loop South (CLS) and runs approximately every 11 minutes from 7AM  to 7PM. The buses will stop at every stop around the loop. For those staying in the dorms, the closest stop is Neil and 10th for the CLS and Hamilton Hall (Neil and 11th) for the CLN. While both buses have stops near the Blackwell, the CLS will get you there faster. Stops for the Blackwell are Mason Hall on CLS and Knowlton Hall on CLN.
Columbus City Bus (COTA)
Several city bus lines run-through campus. The #2 runs up and down High Street on a regular basis making downtown Columbus and the Columbus Convention Center accessible. Cost is $2.00 one way, exact change required. There is a COTA stop at the Ohio Union and several other stops on High Street along campus.
Dining Information

As headquarters for Wendy's, White Castle, Steak Escape, Donato's Pizza and Charley's Grilled Subs, Columbus is appropriately known as the capital of fast food. It is also home to Bob Evans, Max & Erma's, and Cameron Mitchell is a hometown boy. Columbus offers many great dining spots so you don't have to eat fast food. There are many choices and its hard to go wrong.
Ohioans love ice cream and you will regret missing Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams or the Cincinnati-based, french pot Graeter's Ice Cream. Jeni's is located in the Short North District at 714 N.  High Street and in the North Market (Vine Long/Park) near the Columbus Convention Center. Graeter's is located at 1534 W. Lane Avenue about 1 mile from campus. 
Restaurant and Bar Recommendations
Within Walking Distance of campus: 
Adriatico's Pizza      265 W. 11th Avenue                                                           $     Deep dish deliciousness
Buckeye Donuts      1998 N. High St.                                                                 $     Donuts and gyros- can't go wrong with either.
Tommy's Pizza        174 W. Lane Avenue                                                          $     A Buckeye favorite
Heirloom Cafe          @ the Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St.        $$    Fresh, seasonal ingredients
Eddie George's Grille 27   1636 N. High St.                                                      $$    All American fare fit for a Heisman winner
Varsity Club              278 W. Lane Avenue                                                         $     Buckeye tailgating hub serving pub fare
The Thirsty Scholar           2201 Neil Avenue                                                     $     Quenching Buckeye sports bar
Sloopy's Diner/Woody's Tavern @ the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St.                 $     Student run 50's diner
There is a wide range of chain restaurants along High Street and Lane Avenue including Panera, BW3's, Cane's, Jimmy John's,  5 Guys, Potbelly
Further afar (you will need transportation but close to campus area- mileage estimates from Blackwell in parethesis)
Cap City Diner                               1299 Olentangy River Rd.  (1.6 mi)          $$     Upscale diner by Cameron Mitchell
Tai's Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar    1285 W. Lane Ave (1.6 mi)                        $     Fortune cookie says huge portions make happy guest
Cornerstone Deli & Cafe                 3296 N. High St  (1.9 mi)                          $     Sandwiches, salads, etc
La Chatelaine                                 1550 W. Lane Avenue (1.9 mi)                 $     Ooo-la-la French cafe next to Graeter's Ice Cream -bonus
Northstar Cafe                                951 N. High St.  (2 mi)                            $$     A local fav with great vegetarian options
Columbus Fish Market                    1245 Olentangy River Rd. (2 mi)          $$$    Upscale seafood in a landlocked city 
Da Levee*                                       765 N. High St  (2.2 mi)                            $     Columbus Cajun/Creole 
Press Grill*                                       741 N. High St. (2.3 mi)                          $$     Casual comfort food
Hudson 29                                     1600 W. Lane Ave.  (2.3 mi)                  $$$    Upscale American by Cameron Mitchell
The Pearl*                                       641 N. High St.       (2.4 mi)                   $$$    Upscale pub grub by Cameron Mitchell
Hofbrauhaus Columbus                   800 Goodale St. (2.6 mi)                       $$     Ein Prosit in a model of the Munich institution
Cafe del Mondo                              659 N. 4th  (2.7 mi)                                  $      Casual Italian
Hubbard Grille*                                793 N. High St. (3 mi)                             $$     Modern American
Marcella's Ristorante*                      615 N. High St. (3.9 mi)                          $$     Cameron Mitchell goes to Italy
*near the Columbus Convention Center
Worth the drive (mileage from campus in parenthesis)
Tip Top Kitchen                               73 E. Gay St. (4.7 mi)                             $$     Tavern offering killer pot roast
The Old Mohawk                             819 Mohawk St. (4.8 mi)                        $$      Speakeasy turned tavern serving turtle soup
Schmidt's Sausage Haus                240 E. Kossuth (4.9 mi)                          $$      Come for the Bahama Mama sausage, stay for the giant cream puff
Katzinger's Deli                                475 S. 3rd  (4.9 mi)                                 $      Columbus' favorite sandwich shop
Thurman Cafe                                 183 Thurman Ave (6.1 mi)                      $       Home of the Thurmanator as seen on Man vs Food
Montgomery Inn                              4564 W. Dublin Granville Rd(10.9 mi)   $$       Based in Cincinnati, the place for BBQ