Are you ready for #CLPP2017?

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#CLPP2017 is just a few days away! We're looking forward to seeing you this weekend.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to check in at the registration desk. This will give you enough time to get your conference materials and figure out where your first workshop is happening. Missed online registration? Limited on-site registration is available.

We also want to send a friendly reminder for all of us to do our best to make the conference a scent-safer environment, to enable us all to be healthier and more fully present during and after the conference. Many conference-goers have allergies, asthma, and/or other sensitivities to smoke, fragrance, and chemicals that can severely impede their ability to attend and contribute to the conference.

The following steps can help increase accessibility for all at #CLPP2017, and create a space welcoming of people of all experiences, perspectives, and identities. We encourage all participants to be fragrance-free to the extent that they are able. During the weekend:

  • Refrain from using cologne, perfume, and essential oils leading up to and during the conference.
  • Fragrance-free soaps are provided in campus bathrooms and should be used by all participants.
  • If you smoke or hang around others who smoke, please do so at the designated smoking areas on campus, and wash your hands often to reduce residue.
  • There will be designated coat racks in the RCC for folks who wore perfume recently or who smoke to leave their hats, coats, scarves, or other items that may have lingering traces of fragrances or smoke.
  • There will also be designated scent-safer seating in the RCC.

Preparing yourself before the weekend (to the extent that you are able to):

  • If you paint your nails, give them a day or two to offgas before the conference.
  • If you are able to, switch to using fragrance-free body care products—soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant, hair styling gel, sunscreen, shaving cream, etc.
  • Find ways to ground and center yourself without sage, incense, or essential oils.

Preparing clothing for future scent-safer events:

  • If you don't already do so, start washing your clothes with fragrance-free detergent and baking soda.
  • If you previously used fragranced detergent, these scents can last through several washings, so the earlier you start the better. If you have been using fragranced detergent, please use baking soda in addition to fragrance-free detergent, as it helps to reduce fragrance.
  • If you use shared or public laundry facilities, plan ahead and set aside some outfits to air out for the event, and air dry clothes if the dryer machines have lingering scents.
  • Refrain from using dryer sheets or fabric softener as they are heavy on chemicals. Cheap alternatives include using a ball of aluminum foil in your dryer.

We can't wait to connect with you at #CLPP2017! During the weekend, make sure to say hello on Facebook, connect with us on Twitter by using the hashtag #CLPP2017, and tell everyone in your networks about the conference!

Warmly,

The CLPP Team