8th Biennial Emergy Research Conference

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The Eighth Biennial Emergy Research Conference will be held at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, Florida, USA. UF is Florida's largest and oldest university, and is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. The campus includes more than 2,000 acres and 875 major buildings. The University of Florida has 23 colleges and schools and 129 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. More than 100 undergraduate majors are offered in 94 undergraduate degree programs. The extended campus includes the Phillips Center for Performing Arts, the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art and the Florida Museum of Natural History.


Coming Here - Out-of-Town Visitors

Gainesville Regional Airport is serviced by Delta and US Airways. It is possible to fly into Jacksonville, Orlando or Tampa International Airports, rent a car, and drive to Gainesville (all approximately 2 hour drives). All major rental car agencies service Gainesville.

From Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville Regional Airport to the University of Florida = 8 miles

  • Driving Directions
    Exit airport turning west (right) onto NE 39th Avenue. First light turn south (left) onto Waldo Rd. Turn west (right) onto 16th Avenue. Turn south (left) onto 13th Street. After approximately 3 miles, the University of Florida will be on your right.
  • Gainesville Regional Transit Service (RTS)
    Local bus service between the airport and campus, only Monday through Friday, $1.50 each way. See Route 25 (page 50) in the RTS schedule or use the trip planner on the RTS website (you can enter "airport" and "reitz union" in the Start and End boxes).
  • Car Rentals
    • Avis Rent-A-Car: (800) 331-1212
    • Budget Rent-A-Car: (800) 527-0700
    • Enterprise Leasing Co.: (800) 736-8222
    • Hertz Corp.: (800) 654-3131
    • National Car Rental: (800) 227-7368
  • Taxis
    Taxis are available at the airport upon request after you arrive.
From Orlando, Florida

Orlando International Airport to the University of Florida = 122 miles

  • Driving Directions
    You will be driving on toll roads, so you will need some cash in USD. Take the North Exit road from Orlando International Airport to SR 528 (Beeline Expressway). Take SR 528 (Beeline Expressway) west to the Florida Turnpike-North. Florida turnpike merges with I-75. Stay on I-75 until Exit 387, Gainesville-Newberry Rd. (SR 26). Go east (right) on Newberry Rd., which becomes University Avenue. After several miles, the University of Florida will be on your right.
  • Bus Service (note buses do not from MCO airport, so need taxi or local bus also)
    Red Coach Bus Service - serves Tallahassee, Gainesville (campus), Orlando, Tampa, Miami
    Megabus - serves Gainesville (campus), Orlando
From Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville International Airport to the University of Florida = 82 miles

  • Driving Directions
    Take JAX Airport Rd. to I-95 South to I-295 South to I-10 West to US 301 South to SR 24 West to Gainesville.
  • Shuttle Information
    We don't know of any services still running between Jacksonville and Gainesville.
From Tampa, Florida

Tampa International Airport to the University of Florida = 137 miles

  • Driving Directions
    Take the SR-60 ramp to I-275/ Downtown, Merge onto N Memorial Hwy/SR-60 E, Take the exit onto I-275 N toward I-4, Take the exit onto I-75 N, Take exit 384 toward Gainesville.
  • Bus Service (buses depart from airport)
    Red Coach Bus Service - serves Tallahassee, Gainesville, Orlando, Tampa, Miami

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Family Activities


The city of Gainesville was established in 1854. Gainesville continues to rank as one of the best places to live in the United States. Situated in the heart of North Central Florida, the area basks in Gulf breezes that make summer days warm and nights comfortable and cool. A delight for nature lovers, 65 percent of the county's 969 square miles is a forest wilderness dotted with scenic lakes and wetlands. There are 40 nature parks within 50 miles of Gainesville where visitors can picnic, swim, hike, camp or enjoy some boating or fishing. The area has six fresh water lakes and seven excellent golf courses.


Nine miles south of Gainesville, Micanopy is located in southeastern Alachua County between I-75 and US 441. The streets are canopied with ancient oaks and are lined by private homes and storefronts that time seems to have forgotten. Most of the buildings are on the National Historic Register. In fact, Micanopy is the oldest inland settlement in Florida.

Cross Creek

This picturesque community in southeastern Alachua County was made famous by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of The Yearling , Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Her farmhouse and orange grove are now a State Historic Site operated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division of Parks and Recreation. The area is a favorite among visitors who want to see the lush Florida of Rawlings' novels and stories, and meet the local characters.

Crystal River

Fifty miles south-west of Gainesville is an unspoiled playground. Most noteworthy, Crystal River is home to the largest herd of endangered manatees in the US, which congregate primarily in the beautiful Crystal and Homosassa Rivers. They can be seen from the riverbanks or by engaging local guide services for a boat or up-close snorkel encounter. These gentle giants average 10 feet long and weigh 1,200 pounds.

St. Augustine

Seventy five miles north-east of Gainesville you will find the US's oldest city. As with any location steeped in history, there are many exciting museums in the area.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Forty miles north of Gainesville you can tube, kayak, canoe or snorkel down the Ichetucknee River at a mere one mile per hour. The river teems with vegetation, bream, catfish, redbellies, striped bass and stumpknockers. Wild rice, once a staple of native populations, still grows at the river's edge. Elsewhere, there are graceful flowering spider lilies, bromeliads on overhanging roots and beaver scrapings on tree trunks. Above, kingfishers fly and goldfinches trill. Just relax and enjoy the ride.

The Suwannee River

Forty miles west of Gainesville, the Suwannee River flows through south Georgia and north Florida before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. The name "Suwannee" is thought to have been derived from the american Indian word meaning "black, muddy water." Immortalized in the Stephen Foster song, "Old Folks at Home," the river is known around the world.

Daytona Beach

Fifty miles south-east of Gainesville is the ultimate Florida oceanside park, like a fairground on the beach. Daytona is home to restaurants, clubs, video arcades, bumper cars, a sky tower, an aerial ride, helicopter tours and bungee towers. It's one of the few Florida beaches that allows vehicular traffic. The surfing is great around the Main Street Pier and at Ponce Inlet, and you can rent surfboards, boogie boards, bikes, golf carts and every kind of beach toy imaginable. Get into the town's racy reputation at Daytona USA and speed in 75-MPH dragsters across the street at Speed Park.

Silver Springs and Ocala area

Thirty five miles south of Gainesville and surrounded by scenic countryside, Ocala has the vitality and diversity of a much larger city. While here you can visit Silver Springs -- Nature's Theme Park, where in 1878 Hullam Jones glued a window to the bottom of a rowboat and simultaneously invented Florida tourism and the glass-bottom boat. The nearby Ocala National Forest offers 383,573 acres of ecological sites, trails and natural springs.


One hundred and twenty five miles south of Gainesville you will find one of the world's premiere travel destinations. More than 35 million people visit this city each year to enjoy the attractions, beaches and events that make Central Florida a great place to visit.

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8th Biennial Conference

January 16-18, 2014

University of Florida
J. Wayne Reitz Union
Ballroom A
Gainesville, Florida

map | directions

Contact Information

Mark T. Brown
Professor Emeritus
University of Florida
Environmental Engineering Sciences
Phelps Lab
PO Box 116350
Gainesville, FL  32611-6350

(352) 392-2309


Sharlynn Sweeney
Program Coordinator
University of Florida
Environmental Engineering Sciences
Phelps Lab
Gainesville, FL  32611-6350

(352) 392-2424