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Make the most of your time at ACE2017 by taking advantage of events, networking and social opportunities. You never know what you're going to learn and who you're going to meet!  Register for events through the main conference registration system. 

Tours 

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Guided Tour of the Conservatory and Center for Sustainable Landscapes
Tuesday, June 6 • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$45 per person; Registration and ticket required. Limited spots available. 
Bus leaves from outside East Lobby, Street Level 
 
Designed to be the greenest building in the world, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens generates all of its own energy and treats all storm and sanitary water captured on-site. It is the first and only building to meet four of the highest green certifications:
•    Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigorous green building standard
•    LEED® Platinum — tied for the highest points awarded under version 2.2
•    First and only Four Stars Sustainable SITES Initiative™ (SITES™) for landscapes project (pilot)
•    First and only WELL Building Platinum project (pilot)
 
As Phipps’ education, research and administration facility, the CSL is an integral part of the Phipps visitor experience, focusing attention on the important intersection between the built and natural environments, and demonstrating that human and environmental health are inextricably connected. Includes shuttle service, tour of Phipps’ sustainable practices and green innovations such as their LEED-certified Welcome Center and state-of-the-art Tropical Forest Conservatory, self-guided walk through gardens. After the tour, lunch may be purchased in Café Phipps which was featured by Food & Wine as one of the Best Museum Restaurants in the U.S.

ALCOSAN (Allegheny County Sanitary Authority) Wastewater Treatment Tour
Wednesday, June 7 • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$45 per person; Registration and ticket required. Limited spots available. 
Bus leaves from outside East Lobby, Street Level 

ALCOSAN is one of the region’s premier environmental and public health organizations, treating wastewater for 83 Allegheny County communities, including the City of Pittsburgh. The authority enhances the community’s quality of life and safety by working to protect drinking water, rivers and streams, and making the Pittsburgh region a great place to live, work, and play. ALCOSAN’s 59-acre treatment plant treats up to 250 million gallons daily, returning the clean and safe water to the Ohio River. This tour will provide an overview of the entire system and a discussion of the $2 billion plan to meet regulatory requirements to eliminate excess stormwater and groundwater from entering the system and causing diluted sewage to overflow into the region’s rivers and streams, as well as a tour of the wastewater treatment plant itself.

Steel Production: Past, Present and Future 
Thursday, June 8 • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

$45 per person. Registration is no longer available for this tour. Registered attendees should bring their ticket and meet outside of the East Lobby, street level at 8:45 am. 
 
Start off this tour with an exploration of the first 125 years of Big Steel. Learn how the steel industry played a major role in shaping not only the economy but also the culture and environment of the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania surrounding communities.  This excursion features the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area tour of the Carrie Blast Furnaces at the former U. S. Steel Homestead Works. Walk through the iron-making process that includes the famous 40' "Deer Head" crafted entirely of materials found on the site.  Then visit the Historic Pump House, site of the 1892 Battle of Homestead and learn more about the industrial revolution of this region at the turn of the century.
 
The second part of this excursion is a bus tour to the United States Steel Corporation, Clairton Works, which is the largest metallurgical coke manufacturing facility in North America. Clairton Works is a by-product recovery metallurgical coke plant, with an annual capacity just over 4.2 million tons per year of metallurgical coke. Clairton Works supplies coke to other U. S. Steel manufacturing facilities, and sells by-products to a variety of industries in North America.
 
This segment will provide a brief overview of the coke making and by-product recovery operations at Clairton Works, including a driving visit to C battery, the newest, most environmentally sound by-product recovery coke battery in North America. Identification and passport verification is required in advance for clearances. A box lunch will be provided on the bus. 
 

Networking 

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception *
Monday, June 5 • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
 
Women’s Professional Development Workshop and Lunch
Engaging with Generations Across the Workplace
Tuesday, June 6 • 11:00 am - 1:15 pm, Room 326

Kick off the conference by attending the Committee for Professional Development of Women luncheon and workshop, Engaging with Generations across the Workplace, led by Laura Maxwell, Executive Director of the Accelerated Leadership Center at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. Working with professionals from a different generation, whether they’re decades younger or significantly older and more experienced, requires a nuanced understanding of generational differences. We will examine the differences and similarities between generations, delineate how negative stereotypes prevent mutual understanding, and identify ways to find common ground and make the most of each group’s strengths. Gain insight into your colleagues and enhance your skills in collaborating across the ages.

Laura Maxwell has over 25 years of experience in management and consulting with clients in a wide range of industries including health care, retail, engineering, finance, and higher education. Laura has been closely involved with individual contributors and managers of all ages and has gained unique insights into the dynamics of a multi-generational workplace. In her current role at the Accelerated Leadership Center, which focuses on equipping MBA students with interpersonal and leadership skills in preparation for their post-graduate careers, Laura, a Baby Boomer, a leads a team comprised almost entirely of Gen Xers and has a client base of Millennials.

The Committee for the Professional Development of Women’s goal is to draw upon the unique perspectives and talents of women to further the goals of the Association and to mentor women in the profession. Everyone is encouraged to attend! Ticket required. Cost $50.00

Grand Reception*
Tuesday, June 6 • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Concourse BC, 2nd Floor 

Don’t miss one of the week’s most popular events. Join us at the Grand Reception on Tuesday evening and enjoy seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and having some classic Pittsburgh cuisine, catered with the best hometown cooking. Come relax with your colleagues, mingle, and enjoy some ‘burgh hospitality! Ticket required. Additional tickets can be purchased for $50. 

Exhibitor Happy Hour*
Wednesday, June 7 • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Young Professional/Student Networking Reception
Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36
Wednesday, June 7 • 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join A&WMA Students and Young Professionals for a fun evening out and experience one of the country’s best sports towns. Everyone is invited to attend! Voted Pittsburgh’s best sports restaurant yearly since opening, Jerome Bettis’ Grille offers an unparalleled sporting & dining entertainment experience. Located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore along the Allegheny River, the restaurant is accessible by walking or taking a free ride on the trolley. Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. Cost $30 Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Annual Honors & Awards Ceremony and Luncheon*
Thursday, June 8 • 11:50 am - 1:20 pm, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom B 
Ticket required. Additional tickets may be purchased for $50. 
 
* Events included with full conference registration 

Fitness and Fun

Allegheny Mountain Section Golf Outing at Birdsfoot Golf Club
Monday, June 5 • 9:30 am – 6:30 pm

11:30 am shotgun start

Join your fellow members from the Allegheny Mountain Section at their annual golf outing. One of Pittsburgh’s favorites, Birdsfoot Golf Course features 18 distinct holes—including four of the area's toughest par 3s—that attract golfers from all over the tristate area and challenge every club in the bag. Links-style holes on the front nine mingle with parkland beauties played out over rolling hills that are indifferent to bounces good and bad. Includes a quick lunch at the turn, dinner, and prizes and transportation from the Convention Center. 

Register on the Allegheny Mountain Section Website at www.ams-awma.org. Please choose the option with transportation. Cost $75 Member; $85 Nonmember

Three Rivers Heritage Trail Fun Run/Walk 
Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30 am

Register by May 15 to get a T-shirt

Grab your running shoes and join your colleagues for a scenic tour of Pittsburgh! Follow a 5K course that takes you along the rivers with spectacular views of downtown Pittsburgh. This event is open to runners and walkers of all abilities. Each participant will receive a commemorative t-shirt. $25 per person. No refunds will be given if cancelled due to weather. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. Ticket required.
Meet at the Local Host Booth in Concourse A, 2nd Floor at 7:15 am to check in and pick up your T-shirt.