Independent Receptions at SEJ's 21st Annual Conference



Independent Hospitality 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. Receptions will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the InterContinental Miami Hotel. See also our independent exhibitors and program agenda booklet advertisers.


Independent Hospitality Receptions


1. Bracewell & Giuliani LLP


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The wildly-popular Bracewell & Giuliani reception has a long-standing tradition of fun and productive fellowship. Join other conference attendees, including some of the most influential members of the environmental sector, at Bracewell’s hospitality reception to network while enjoying delicious complimentary food and beverages.


Co-sponsors, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), Alstom, Electric Reliability Coordinating Council (ERCC), Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Atlantic Wind Connection, Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition (SWESC), Southern Company, Potomac Communications Group, Valero Energy Corporation, Waste Management and the Environmental Strategies Group at Bracewell and Giuliani, will ensure that this reception is the best one yet!

Bracewell & Giuliani is a prominent government relations and law firm with a focus on energy and environment issues and offices in Texas, New York, Washington, DC, Connecticut, Dubai and London. With over 400 strategic communications consultants, government relations advisors, and lawyers, Bracewell is uniquely able to help clients navigate the complex federal landscape.


2. Ceres



Join Ceres, the nation’s foremost organization promoting business sustainability leadership, for an evening of food, drink and networking.


Learn about Ceres' new initiative connecting the dots between climate change, extreme weather, and the steep economic costs for a broad cross-section of businesses and consumers.

Find out how fascinating insurance can be! You can’t start a business or buy a house without it. It’s the lifeblood of the economy, yet climate change threatens its long-term affordability and availability.

Talk with Sharlene Leurig, Ceres’ insurance expert and speaker on Saturday’s SEJ plenary, Flood, Sweat and Fears; Mark Way, director of sustainability and political risk management at Swiss Re; and Barney Schauble, managing principal at Nephila Capital, about their leadership moving the insurance industry to address climate change with innovative products like renewable energy insurance, catastrophe bonds and drought insurance for poor farmers.

View our new slide show exposing climate change’s threats to insurance availability.

Most importantly, eat, drink, swap stories and unwind after your exhausting day out in the field. Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.


3. Covanta Energy


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Covanta Energy is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.


Covanta's 44 Energy-from-Waste facilities provide communities with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste disposal needs by using that municipal solid waste to generate clean, renewable energy. Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely and securely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste into 9 million megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity and create more than 9 billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries. For more information, visit


4. National Parks Conservation Association


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The National Parks Conservation Association 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. This year, we’re thrilled to announce that National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis will join our reception.

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 — be sure to attend for your chance to win. For more information, visit or contact Perry Wheeler at 202-419-3712 or


5. Nestlé Waters North America


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After a day of outdoor water adventures, refresh with colleagues over light food, drink, and networking at Nestlé Waters North America’s reception.


Jane Lazgin, Director of Corporate Communications, looks forward to robust conversation and questions about topics such as water stewardship and sustainability. Join us to learn about NWNA’s new siting and community engagement framework and the company’s role in advocating for Extended Producer Responsibility in the U.S.


6. Nissan


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A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history in 2010 with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle.


Today, over 7,000 have sold in the U.S. and over 15,000 globally. Join the team from Nissan North America for some electrifying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres followed by coffee and desserts.