Sustainability at the 2017 IMGC

The 2017 IMGC will be held at the Oregon Convention Center (OCC), which has the distinction of being certified as a LEED Platinum(R) facility, in 2014.  They were the first convention center in the world to earn LEED certification, in 2004.  Over 6,500 solar panels provide power to the OCC, providing 25-30% of the facility’s electrical power.  Upgrades to bathroom fixtures save over 1.2 million gallons of water, annually.  A 6-acre rain garden filters rain water before it flows into the river.

Leftover food is donated to the Oregon Food Bank or to Blanchet House (a local shelter), or else composted if it is not able to be donated.  Leftover conference bags, goods and materials are donated to local community organizations.

As one of our conference tours, we are planning a tour of the OCC grounds, as part of a larger ‘sustainability’ tour of Portland.

To keep their LEED Platinum Certification, the OCC has a waste diversion policy that impacts what exhibitors and attendees can bring into the facility.  Please help us adhere to OCC’s waste diversion policy.  Place items in the correct recycle or compost containers.  Bring a water bottle with you to the conference.  We will have printed conference programs, but will be doing our best to keep paper and printing to a minimum.

Please help us adhere to the Oregon Convention Center Waste Diversion Policy

Prohibited in OCC are:

  • hazardous substances or items containing hazardous substances
  • signage that cannot be recycled or re-used
  • foam core signage
  • helium balloons
  • single use plastic bags

The following items are allowed in the building, but must be removed when we vacate:

  • banners (vinyl)
  • electronics, furniture or equipment
  • carpet, carpet scraps or carpet padding
  • items that cannot be donated, such as plaques or trophies
  • pallets
Oregon Convention Center Rain Garden
Rain Garden at the Oregon Convention Center.

 

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International Search for Excellence Nominations

We are pleased to announce that the International Master Gardener Committee is accepting nominations for the 2017 International Master Gardener Search for Excellence (SFE), through August 1, 2016.

We are opening SFE nominations a bit earlier this year for two reasons.  First, members of the SFE committee have requested more time to carefully review nominations.  Second, our goal is to inform folks that their project has been selected as a 2017 International Search for Excellence awardee ~ in time for them to register for the conference at the early bird registration rate.

[As an aside, early bird registration will be from October 10, 2016 through January 13, 2017.  Regular registration will be from January 14, 2017 through May 31, 2017.]

Visit the 2017 IMGC SFE page, to review the 2017 International Master Gardener SEarch for Excellence Guidelines, and for full details on how to submit a project for consideration.

You may also find it useful to read a bit more about some of the 2015 Search for Excellence Award Winners.

 

Renee Shepherd to Keynote 2017 IMGC

Renee Shepherd will be the closing keynote speaker at the 2017 IMGC.

We are thrilled to announce that Renee Shepherd – Seed Developer, Gardener, Entrepreneur and Author – will close out the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference as our third keynote speaker.  She joins Plantsman Dan Hinkley and Wildlife Biologist John Marzluff, to complete the roster of 2017 International Master Gardener Conference keynote speakers.  But, we still have lots of concurrent session speakers in the works for you!  Stay tuned.  We’ll announce concurrent session speakers as they are confirmed.

Renee Shepherd is widely regarded as a pioneering innovator in introducing international specialty vegetables and herbs for home gardeners and gourmet restaurants. After receiving her PhD from UC Santa Cruz and teaching in the Environmental Studies department there, she founded Shepherd’s Garden Seed which she ran until 1996. In 1997 she founded her current company, Renee’s Garden, offering her selected choices of seeds for exciting new and time-tested heirloom gourmet vegetables, culinary herbs and a wide range of fragrant and cutting flowers, sourced from seed growers both large and small around the world. Renee’s Garden seed packets are available directly from www.reneesgarden.com and are offered through independent garden centers in the US and Canada.

Renee writes the descriptions and growing information for all the company’s seed packets, chooses seed varieties, manages marketing activities, and directs and enjoys the company’s large trial gardens in California and Vermont. She has authored two cookbooks, Recipes from a Kitchen Garden and More Recipes From a Kitchen Garden and is putting the finishing touches on a third book combining both gardening advice and great recipes.

Renee lectures widely at national and regional garden shows and is a featured speaker at numerous gardening conferences. She has many community interests and serves on the Planning Commission for Santa Cruz County, California. She has served on the board of the National Garden Association and is currently president of the Home Garden Seed Association.

Renee’s Garden is my practical way to spread the joy of gardening as a meaningful, productive and satisfying activity that connects us to each other and the earth.” – Renee Shepherd

Call for Speakers is Open!

Now that the 2015 International Master Gardener Conference is winding down, we are officially taking nominations for speakers for the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference.

The 2017 International Master Gardener Conference will be held July 10-14, 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR.

We’re looking for speakers who are dynamic and engaging.  Speakers must understand  and abide by the Master Gardener Program commitment to research-based information, and should be able to adapt information so that it is of interest to Master Gardeners from across the United States, Canada and South Korea.

Nominate yourself!  Or, nominate a great speaker who you have seen at another event.

Putting on a conference is expensive!  Therefore, priority may be given to great speakers who are able to partially or fully underwrite the cost of their appearance.  As we secure more sponsors, we will be able better support our speakers.

We are so sincerely thankful for our generous conference sponsors and supporters.  Without them, we would not be able to bring great speakers to Portland.

If you are interested in supporting the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference, please take a look at our sponsorship information sheet.  Your tax-deductible donation can be made via check or PayPal.