Shoes shined, socks packed, phones charged; I think I have everything ready to go for my trip to the ASCE 2011 annual conference in Memphis. My flight leaves at 8:00 tomorrow morning, so it will be an early morning. I’ll get the full infrastructure experience, taking planes, trains and automobiles on my way. Then, from the time that the opening plenary kicks things off, I’ll learn how that infrastructure could be more sustainable: greener, longer-lasting, and more efficient.
You can participate from a distance by reading this blog or following the #ASCE2011 hashtag. Complete conference news is available online at http://content.asce.org/conferences/annual2011/index.html
Thursday’s sessions will feature topics including: climate change impacts on critical transportation infrastructure, the evolution of sustainability measurement, and case studies in sustainability solutions. Afterward, conference participants will have their first opportunity to socialize at the ice breaker and reception. And, if I know the Younger Members, there will be an evening opportunity to explore the Memphis nightlife.
Friday will be a full day of sessions and meetings. At 10:30, I’ll moderate a session titled Sustainable Social Media which I introduced in an earlier blog http://blogs.asce.org/bridgingthegap/2011/09/12/sustainable-social-media/ We’re planning to tweet live updates. I’m also utilizing the Prezi presentation software for the first time. You’ve got to check it out! http://prezi.com/9n1vip8mukdj/asce-2011-sustainable-social-media/ I just hope that everything goes smoothly.
More sessions Saturday morning, but then we’ll be treated to a closing presentation by Dave Barry, author, humorist, and the judge from Night Court. I wonder if he’ll bring along Bull? Funny as Dave may be, I’m most looking forward to the Younger Member Networking Roundtable. The Committee for Younger Members always presents a memorable session.
Hopefully, I’ll have some time to explore the city in between all the ASCE activity. My last chance to get out of the hotel will be for the community service project. It looks like we’ll be doing some gardening at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. From there it will be a quick cab ride back to the airport and a short jump back up to Chicago.
What a whirlwind weekend ahead. Stay tuned. If you’ll be at the conference, I’d love to hear from you and maybe meet up. Just leave a comment below. Thanks.