Reserving Space in IonE

Thank you for your interest in reserving space at the Institute on the Environment. We are happy to share our offices with University of Minnesota departments and external organizations whose mission or interests align with the Institute’s.

Please note: the Institute on the Environment is not a conference center and cannot provide any event support. If you choose to reserve space at IonE, you will be responsible for providing an event lead for any logistical or onsite support. In addition, IonE holds the right to cancel any reservation for events external to our department up to one month in advance. If you are planning a meeting or event as a member of the IonE community or associated with an IonE grant, please contact ione@umn.edu.

To reserve space at IonE, follow these three steps.

  1. Review this page, including the room(s) in which your meeting will be held.
  2. Review IonE’s room reservation agreement (PDF).
  3. Complete the room reservation request form.

Fees

There is no cost for renting IonE’s meeting spaces or using the technology provided.

Directions & parking

View map, directions, and parking information.

Signage & front desk

Our administrative office is located half a level up from the main floor. Guests who are unfamiliar with our building are often confused by the building’s layout. It can be beneficial to check in with the front desk worker in Suite 325 to ensure they are aware of your event and can direct attendees accordingly. It may also be helpful to print and hang signage throughout the building. Printing materials are the responsibility of those reserving space and should be recycled at the end of your event.

Food & beverage

IonE allows food and beverage in all of our meeting spaces. We have a coffee machine and coffee and water carafes that can be used by our guests to save on catering costs. Coffee is not included.

You are welcome to order catering from a vendor of your choice. Caterers should be told to park in the loading dock in the back of our building (between the LES Building and Gortner Avenue Ramp). They will need to come in the building’s side door (off Gortner Avenue) and use the elevator to go up to level 3 for 325A or 3R for all other meeting spaces. If your order requires setup, the catering company should retrieve the loading zone parking pass from the front desk worker or events coordinator (office 325P). All leftover catering trays, dishware, and food must be appropriately disposed of.

Recommended Caterers:

If you would like to serve alcoholic beverages at your meeting, you must fill out an Alcohol Use Application. Please note, University and non-University organizations have different applications. This must be submitted to the Office of Risk Management (orm@umn.edu) at least 15 days prior to your event. If your application for alcohol use is approved, your event lead will be required to be listed as the responsible person and IonE will not assume responsibility for any conduct related to alcohol use.

Clean up

IonE does not provide any support for cleanup after your event. A detailed list of what is expected of your department or organization for cleanup in our meeting spaces is outlined in IonE’s room reservation agreement (PDF).

Photocopies

Please come to your meeting with your materials prepared and copied. You will be directed to the St. Paul Copy Center if any materials need to be printed.

Accessibility

The LES building has handicap accessible entrances via the east side basement level entrance and access via the west side of the building. Please contact ione@umn.edu if you have questions or require accommodations.

Commons Meeting & Art Space

This space is a first come, first serve space for IonE staff and faculty. It can be rented out for special events under the stipulation that IonE staff will still have access to our shared kitchen, which is connected to the Commons. This is not an appropriate meeting venue if the information you will be discussing is confidential. Reserving this space may require additional follow-up from ione@umn.edu.

Room Maps & A/V Information

All A/V equipment provided in IonE’s shared spaces is available with your room reservation. You must bring your own computer to utilize the displays. If additional technology or A/V capabilities are needed, your event lead will be responsible for procuring outside vendors for these services.

Seminar Room (R-380)

  • Setup for 80 people with chairs only
  • Setup for 36 people with 4-6 person pods

Room specs

  • Projector with 132” screen and speakers
  • VGA/audio cable (includes Apple video adapter)
  • Wireless microphone
  • Wireless internet access
  • Ethernet internet access (at podium)
  • Phone line: 612-624-2814
  • Polycom available for reservation
  • Whiteboards (3)
  • Podium

Layouts


Board Room (R-370)

R370 conference room

Room specs

  • 60” wall-mounted monitor with speakers
  • HDMI and VGA/audio cables (includes Apple video adapters)
  • Wireless internet access
  • Ethernet internet access (1, below monitor)
  • Phone line: 612-624-2781
  • Polycom available for reservation
  • Whiteboards (2)

Layout


Commons Meeting & Art Space (R-350)

  • R350 Commons Meeting & Art Space
  • R350 Commons Meeting & Art Space alternate view

Room specs

  • 54” wall-mounted monitor with speakers
  • HDMI and VGA/audio cables (includes Apple video adapters)
  • Wireless internet access
  • Ethernet internet access (1, below monitor)
  • Whiteboards (3)

Layout


Maroon Room (connected to R-350)

R350 Maroon room

Room specs

  • 46” portable monitor with speakers and VGA/audio cables
  • Wireless internet access
  • Ethernet internet access (1)
  • Phone line: 612-625-1534 (Polycom available for reservation)
  • Whiteboard

Layout


Gold Room (connected to R-350)

R350 Gold room

Room specs

  • 46” portable monitor with speakers and VGA/audio cables (includes Apple video adapter)
  • Wireless internet access
  • Ethernet internet access (1)
  • Phone line: 612-625-1278 (Polycom available for reservation)
  • Whiteboard

Layout


Conference Room (325A)

325A conference room

Room specs

  • 60” wall-mounted monitor with speakers
  • HDMI and VGA/audio cables (includes Apple video adapters)
  • Wireless internet access
  • Ethernet internet access (if polycom is not in use)
  • Phone line: 612-626-1176
  • Polycom
  • Whiteboard

Layout