To find information about the 2017 Conference Venue, read through information below. Contact the AESS 2017 University of Arizona Conference Coordinator with any questions related to lodging, on-site details, or parking.

For 2017, AESS is partnering with the University of Arizona. Our host site boasts a LEED-platinum certified space. The Environmental and Natural Resources 2 (ENR2) building design was inspired by the sustainable features of a slot canyon, a unique geologic feature in the desert Southwest, and designed to reflect the environmental mission of UA faculty, staff and students. The most sustainable building on campus includes a central canyon that integrates exterior circulation and interaction space; an underground 55-thousand-gallon water reservoir to collect rainwater for use in the building’s landscape irrigation; and an HVAC system that uses overhead induction coils, known as “active” chilled beams, that help to significantly reduce power usage.

  • Getting to/Around Tucson

    Tucson is serviced by Tucson International Airport. Access to the University of Arizona from the airport may be provided by rental car, taxi, shuttle, public transit, or ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. The University of Arizona is directly connected to downtown Tucson via the SunLink Streetcar.

  • Dorm Rooms

    Dorm rooms will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Registration for dorms are available through the AESS Conference Registration site. Rooms are available in both Arizona-Sonora and Coronado halls, which are both co-ed and within a 5-minute walk of ENR2.

    • Rate: $48/night
    • Full linen service included: pillow, blanket, two sheets, pillowcase, two towels and washcloth provided
    • Free internet service
    • Co-ed

    On campus residence hall room fees are non-refundable after May 20, 2017.

    Note: On-campus lodging for AESS 2017 is offered as single-occupancy by default; however, the rooms are set up for either double- or triple-occupancy. If you would like to have a roommate, please indicate the name of the co-registrant with whom you wish to room when you register.

    Hotel Block

    AESS has reserved a room block at the Tucson University Park Hotel for attendees wishing to stay off campus. The hotel is about a 10-minute walk from the ENR2 building where the conference will be held and a five-minute walk from the nearest SunLink Streetcar stop and various shops and restaurants. Attendees are 100% responsible for making their own reservations and payments to the hotel. The hotel block is provided as a courtesy to attendees. AESS is in no way responsible for reservations made through the hotels.

    Method of Reservations

    Reserve your room online: Book your group rate for University of Arizona-AESS Conference Room Block

    Reservations for the Conference must be made by individual attendees directly with the University Park Hotel reservations  at 520.792.4100 or by reservation link noted above. Please be certain to inform reservations agents that you are with the “Association of Environmental Sciences & Studies Room Block.

    Reservations must be received by May 20, 2017.

    Guestroom Block Discounted Rates are available Tuesday-Friday night (6/20/17-6/23/17).

    Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 12.05%) and a $4.00 city bed tax in effect at the time of check out.

    Parking is available on site for hotel guests and visitors. On-site parking fee is $13 daily; valet parking is $24 daily; and self-parking is free on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Campus Map

    A campus map can be found here: or


    Parking information for University of Arizona can be found here: Parking can be purchased at each visitor parking garage.

    The Sixth Street Parking Garage is located adjacent to the ENR2 building, where the AESS Conference will be taking place. Street and metered parking is also available throughout campus.


    Registration will be in room S107 at the ENR2 building. Daily registration hours vary; instructions and hours will be posted at the registration desk. Please be sure to arrive 30-45 minutes prior to your first session to allow adequate time for registration check-in.

    Internet Access

    Wireless internet is available throughout the University of Arizona’s campus.

  • The full conference includes daily continental breakfast, Thursday-Friday plus the Welcoming Reception Wednesday and Friday Night Reception. For all other dining needs, we have prepared a list of alternate local food options.


    A large selection of restaurants are located in Main Gate Square, a 5-minute walk from ENR2 and the Marriott. Additionally, the SunLink streetcar stops at Main Gate Square; more restaurants are about a 5-minute ride away on Fourth Avenue and in downtown Tucson. Some local favorites include freshly roasted coffee at Caffe Luce on Park Ave, farm-to-table comfort food at Pasco, solar-powered Brooklyn Pizza on Fourth Ave, and locally sourced and sustainably run Senae Thai Bistro downtown.

    Grocery and Convenience Stores

    A CVS is located at the corner of Park and Euclid, about a 10-minute walk from ENR2 and a 5-minute walk from the Marriott. Additionally, Tucson boasts the Food Conspiracy Co-op a short streetcar ride away on Fourth Ave and Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market. Within a 10-minute drive, you can find Safeway, Fry’s and Albertson’s. View the shopping map for more information.

    Coffee Shops

    UA is home to two on-campus Starbucks. Additionally, coffee can be found at locally owned and operated Caffe Luce on Park Ave near University Boulevard, Starbucks on University near Euclid, and the Slot Canyon Cafe within the ENR2 building.