2010 Global Sustainability Summer School-Logistics

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2010 Global Sustainability Summer School

You will be housed and most lectures will take place at St. John's College:
St. John's College
1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 984-6000

Sunday, July 11, 2010
On-site registration/check-in for the Summer School will be from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 11 in Peterson Student Center at St. John's College. GSSS staff will have a table set up in the hallway across from the coffee shop. You may check into your room as of 2 p.m. At registration you will receive your dorm room assignment, room key and meal card, along with information about both St. John's facilities and SFI. Map:

If you are taking the Sandia Shuttle from the Albuquerque airport, ask the driver to drop you off at the parking circle at the Peterson Student Center, St. John's College. If you are unable to arrive during the check-in period or reception, you need to check in and get your room key from the Switchboard in Peterson Student Center, on the first floor to the left of the main entrance.

If you are driving your personal vehicle to the summer school, you must register your car with St. John's College. We will have vehicle registration cards available at check-in. Please park in the campus visitors lot at all times.

A welcome reception and buffet dinner will take place from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at a local Santa Fe residence. Transportation will be provided from the Visitors Circle near the Peterson Center. Buses will depart at 5:30 p.m.

Late Arrivals
If you arrive later than 6:00 p.m., please check in at the switchboard, located on the first floor of Peterson Student Center.
Very late arrivals (11:00 and later) must use the telephone in the coffee shop to call the switchboard (dial 0) or (505) 984-6000 in order to gain access to the building

GSSS participants will be assigned single dormitory rooms at St. John's College. Clean sheets and towels are provided weekly, as well as a pillow and two blankets (see General Information at We suggest that you bring a clock and anything else you might need for your personal comfort.

The housing at St. John's College is based upon single occupancy. For safety and contractual reasons you may NOT have overnight guests in the dormitories. We can recommend local hotels or other accommodations for your guests. St. John's College does not allow smoking inside any of the buildings.

If you are locked out of your room, please contact the switchboard by dialing 0 from any phone. They will send someone to let you in.

Three meals a day are served in the cafeteria, located in Peterson Student Center, Monday through Saturday. Two meals are served on Sunday. All meals are included in your room and board provided by the GSSS; you will be issued a meal/ID card that you must present upon entry to the dining hall. There is also a coffee shop located in Peterson where you can purchase a light meal or snack. The nearest restaurants are about three miles away.

The cafeteria meal schedule:
Breakfast Monday-Saturday 7:30-9:30a
Lunch Monday-Saturday 11:30a-1:30p
Dinner Monday-Sunday 5:00-6:30p
Brunch Sunday 10:30a-1:30p

Please note: Due to legal constraints, alcohol may not be consumed in the dining hall. Any alcohol served must have an alcohol permit, obtained through St. John's College Conference Services. Alcohol consumption is prohibited in common areas without a permit. Limited alcohol consumption is permitted in dorm rooms. No more than four people are allowed in a dorm room when alcohol is served.

Linen Exchange
Clean linen will be exchanged weekly in the linen room. Instructions will be posted in the dormitories.

Please have mail sent to:
Your name
SFI Global Sustainability Summer School
Conference Services
St. John's College
1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Each dorm room has a telephone with its own number that will be assigned to you at registration. Please be sure to give that number to anyone who might call you. In an emergency, calls can also be put through to the St. John's switchboard: (505) 984-6000. You can purchase long-distance calling cards in the campus bookstore. There are also pay phones on campus.

All students staying on campus will have free access to St. John's Student Activity Center, using your St. John's College ID/meal card. For more information please see their website at Santa Fe is also known for wonderful hiking trails and an active outdoor culture.

We recommend that you bring your own laptop computer to use during the program. Please note that there is limited internet access in the Great Hall where lectures will take place. Internet access at the SFI main campus will be limited to guest access on local machines.

The dorm rooms have both Ethernet and phone jacks. VOIP services such as Skype do not work well at St. John’s College due to limited bandwidth. Long distance phone cards are available for purchase at the bookstore.

IMPORTANT: You must bring any Ethernet cards, 10/100 BaseT Ethernet cables, adapters, etc. to connect your laptop to the local network in the dorms. We do not supply networking cables for use in the dorm rooms. You must bring with you any power converters or plug adapters to plug your computer into the 120V outlets in the United States. We do not supply foreign power converters. If your home University requires the use of "Side Car" or other forms of security authentication software, you may not be able to log into your computer at home from the summer school. The St. John's College network is behind a NAT firewall, preventing some of these programs from working. As a result, if you have data which you plan to bring from home to use at the summer school, the safest thing is to bring it on a flash drive or on your laptop computer.


St. John's College has a NAT firewall installed, which limits the use of BitTorrent, and other peer to peer networking programs.


SFI Campus Visits:
Once a week, lectures will be held exclusively at the Santa Fe Institute Cowan Campus, which is approximately three miles from St. John's. Shuttles will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the parking circle in front of Peterson Student Center. Lectures at SFI will last until approximately 4:45 p.m. Shuttles will then depart from SFI at 5:00 p.m. to return to St. John's.

Please note that SFI is closed on weekends.

Car Rental: Car rental is available both in Albuquerque and Santa Fe at your own cost. We have good corporate rates with Enterprise; for more information, please contact SFI program staff. Since our arrangement with Enterprise doesn't cover insurance, we recommend that you accept supplemental coverage at the desk if your credit card or personal insurance policy does not cover rental car insurance. You must be 21 to rent a car and you can rent a car just for a weekend in Santa Fe by calling Enterprise at 505-989-8859.

Taxi: The number for Capital City Cab, the taxi service in Santa Fe, is (505) 438-0000.

Local bus service: Santa Fe has a small public transportation system, Santa Fe Trails. For route and schedule information, see Route "M" has a stop at St. John's College and provides service to downtown Santa Fe and to nearby museums seven days a week. The Santa Fe Institute is not served by the bus system.
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday (Routes 1, 2, 4 & M): 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

It is very important that you have health insurance coverage while attending the summer school. International participants are especially advised to make sure they have adequate coverage before entering the United States.

We expect that all participants will comply with the following requirements: 1) attend all lectures for the full duration of the program; 2) participate fully in the intellectual development and write-up of a group project and fulfill all related assignments and deadlines; 3) complete all surveys administered by SFI related to the GSSS, including pre-program survey, all faculty evaluations, and a post-program survey. Participants who do not meet these requirements may be asked to leave the program at the discretion of the director.

The school consists mainly of lectures and small group meetings/project work. One day per week, lectures will be held at the Santa Fe Institute campus.

The schedule on the wiki is updated as information becomes available. Most of the lectures will be scheduled in the mornings or early afternoons. Participant projects are a major part of the school. You do not need to come prepared with a project or project proposal. These will be formulated during the first week.

Background readings related to lectures are added to the wiki under “Readings” as they become available.

Saturday, July 24, 2010
7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. CHECK-OUT
All dorm rooms must be vacated by 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 24. Please return your key to John Paul at the table on the first floor of Peterson Student Center. If you depart before 7:00 A.M. on Saturday, please make prior arrangements with GSSS staff and leave your key at the Switchboard. Lost keys or keys not turned in by 10:00 A.M. incur a $25 fee.

Santa Fe is located in northern New Mexico at an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,130 meters) in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With a population of over 65,000 people, it is well known for its art, culture, dining, and year-round outdoor activities. June/July weather is usually hot and sunny during the day (90F/32C) and cool in the evening (55F/13C). There are often thundershowers in the afternoon. Dress is casual. Be sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat with you. Hiking boots are also recommended.

For more information about Santa Fe and events taking place during your visit, please look at the city's web site at <>.

Should you have any questions about this material, please contact Barbara Ventrello at (505) 946-2726 or