Independent Receptions


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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. See also our independent exhibitors and program agenda booklet advertisers.

NOTE: Interested in hosting a reception? SEJ reception space is sold out at this time (see below). However, you can contact Chris Rigel to be placed on a waiting list or to be contacted in case we find more reception space.


Independent Hospitality Receptions


1. Bracewell & Giuliani LLP


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Supporting SEJ's Annual Conference for the 9th straight year, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is a prominent international law firm with more than 400 lawyers and public policy advisors in Texas, New York, Washington, DC, Seattle, 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 public affairs firms, many of our team members are subject-matter experts in energy and environmental fields that are important to SEJ members. This substantive expertise is brought to bear when complex legal, policy and political developments require a prompt media response.


2. Ceres, Climate Solutions and North Face


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Location: Ballroom Suite
Join Ceres, Climate Solutions and the North Face for an evening of food, drink and networking featuring a dynamic group of Montana clean energy businesses and The North Face athlete Conrad Anker, an extreme mountaineer who has witnessed the impacts of climate change on the world's highest peaks. Enjoy slides of Conrad's perilous climbs around the world, from home-state Glacier National Park, to the walls of Patagonia, to the towering Himalayan peaks. Learn about the Extreme Ice Survey documenting glacier melting worldwide. Talk with Montana business leaders about the impacts of climate change on trout fishing and other recreational activities. Meet the entrepreneurs building Montana's fast-growing wind and other clean energy industries. Most importantly, eat, drink, swap stories, and unwind after your exhausting day out in the field. Ceres is the nation's largest coalition of investors and public interest groups working with companies to address climate change and other sustainability challenges.  Climate Solutions is a northwest regional organization working to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming.  The North Face is a division of VF Outdoor, Inc. and offers the most technically advanced exploration apparel and equipment.

3. Floating Island International


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Location: Ballroom Suite
Please join the team from Montana's own Floating Island International in our hospitality suite, where you will meet some of the leaders in floating treatment wetland technology. In addition to wine and light hors d'oeuvres, guests will enjoy the aptly named dessert ile flottante (floating island)—meringues floating on a delicious crème anglaise.


4. Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting

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Join Metcalf Institute and 2010 Grantham Prize winner, Alanna Mitchell, for some Louisiana-style refreshments and a chance to talk with scientists studying outcomes of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Leave your business card for a chance to win an autographed copy of Mitchell's award-winning book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis.


5. Montana Fish, Wildlife & ParksCrucial Areas Planning System (CAPS)


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Location: Ballroom Suite
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Crucial Areas Planning System (CAPS)
In 2008, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) took the lead for Western States in conducting a Fish and Wildlife Crucial Areas and Connectivity Assessment. The Assessment evaluated the fish, wildlife and recreational resources of Montana in order to identify crucial areas and fish and wildlife connectivity. The Assessment is part of a Western States effort that recognizes the importance of economic developments such residential, renewable energies, or oil and gas, but also considers how to provide information in a way that helps conserves fish and wildlife and the economies that hunting, fishing and other outdoor related recreational activities represent. The goals included: 1) identifying the data layers necessary to rank and prioritize Montana's landscape for crucial habitats and connectivity as they relate to the importance of an area from a fish, wildlife and recreation perspective; 2) acquiring layers that represent where conservation concerns related to development might occur; 3) developing an online mapping service that exposes the layers, is publicly available, and provides FWP staff and our constituents with information during the preplanning stages of projects.


6. National Parks Conservation Association


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Location: Ballroom Suite
The NPCA has been the leading voice for protecting and enhancing our national parks – America's best idea – for more than 90 years. Please join us to mix and mingle with park experts and learn about the challenges and opportunities facing our national parks in their second century. Food and drinks provided, as well as a free Reporter's Guide to the National Parks! We'll also be raffling off several national park prizes – stop by for your chance to win. For more information, visit or contact Shannon Andrea, 202.454.3371.


7. National Wildlife Federation


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National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

Please join us for a drink, a bite, and perspective from our expert staff, including Northern Rockies and Prairies Regional Center staff, based here in Missoula.



8. Save Our Wild Salmon

Location: 3rd Floor Room 331
Join Save Our Wild Salmon to celebrate One-of-a-Kind Snake River Salmon. Have a drink, enjoy smoked wild salmon, get a sneak preview of upcoming documentary from EP, view photos from the International League of Conservation Photographers documenting these fish that travel farther and higher than any other salmon on earth.


9. Sierra Club 

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Location: Ballroom Suite
SEJ attendees are invited to join the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign for a reception featuring Jory Ruggiero, founder of Western Justice Associates PLLC. Ruggiero will discuss coal ash problems in Montana and Sierra Club staff will be available to discuss other important issues, including destructive coal mining in the region and the wolf conflict. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.


10. Trinity University Press

Location: 3rd Floor Room 326/327
Join Trinity University Press in celebrating the release of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson. This newly released anthology approaches the topics of climate change and environmental degradation as a moral obligation. Including essays by the Dalai Lama, Barack Obama, Bill McKibben, Barbara Kingsolver, Thomas L. Friedman and many others, and with a foreword by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, these visionaries discuss our ethical responsibility to future generations, to preserve a planet as rich in possibilities as the one we enjoy. Copies of the book will be available for sale and for signing during the food and drink reception by OSU Professor Kathleen Dean Moore between 6-8pm. Please visit us at and


11. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


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Location: 3rd Floor Room 333
The tragedy aboard the Deepwater Horizon and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico dominated the news last summer, but our restoration work is just getting started. Come find out how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a team of federal, state, and nonprofit partners are restoring this rare and fragile ecosystem. You'll also get an up-close look at the historic spill response with the Service's co-host, FedEx, and the unprecedented translocation of threatened and endangered sea turtles from Gulf beaches to Cape Canaveral. Department of Interior, NOAA and FedEx representatives will be on hand to discuss their roles. Come hear the rest of the story, and enjoy multimedia presentations by FedEx, the Service and NOAA, while feasting on Montana's cuisine, along with a selection of locally brewed beer and wine from nearby wineries.


12. The Wilderness Society


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Location: Ballroom Suite
'Working together for our wildlife, working lands, and wilderness'
Hey this isn't the 80's anymore – today sportsmen, conservationists and foresters are actually finding consensus on how to protect wildlife, working lands, and wilderness. Twenty years ago they wouldn't have been caught together in the same room – so stop by and learn what's changed over a local beer and a selection of Montana meats.



Host a Reception at SEJ's 20th Annual Conference!

Imagine: They've been out on SEJ's spectacular all-day tours. Some got up at 5:00 a.m. to catch a 6:00 a.m. bus to the Glacier National Park. Others stumped around in a Superfund site, or waded in trout streams or poked around at grizzly scat. After a long Thursday tour day, they come back to your reception! SEJ's attendees have come to love the Thursday night Independent Receptions.

You can bring experts to chat with attendees as they visit each reception, or have press kits ready to hand out. Local beer is always a good draw. Some hosts have even brought musicians!

Receptions will be held Oct. 14, 2010, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Room sizes and fees are listed below. Catering is NOT included in the room fee. Hosts will be sent catering information after space has been reserved.

NOTE: SEJ reception space is sold out at this time. Please contact Chris Rigel to be placed on a waiting list or to be contacted in case we find more reception space.

Reception Space Small Non-profit/University Rate Large Non-profit Rate Corporate Rate
Ballroom Suite SOLD $1,000 $1300 $1600
Foyer   SOLD $800 $1040 $1280
Room 326 SOLD  $640  $832  $1024
Room 327 SOLD  $640  $832  $1024
326/327 SOLD  $1250  $1650  $2000
Room 329 SOLD  $400  $700 $1000
Room 330  SOLD  $450  $800  $1200
Room 331 SOLD  $450  $800  $1200
Room 332 SOLD  $450  $800  $1200
Room 333 SOLD  $450  $800  $1200

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Once you have made your room selection, click the computer to complete the Independent Reception Space Reservation Form. You will be contacted by the SEJ office shortly after you submit the form.

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