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Offset Your Carbon Footprint for Free

The average attendee will create 2,400 pounds of C02 traveling to the SOLAR 2016. Many will create more than two tons.

At ASES we’re always looking for ways to reduce our impact on the planet. So this year, we’ve partnered with TripZero to erase the carbon footprint created by travel to  SOLAR 2016. They’ll measure your trip’s footprint and erase it–for free–by funding forestry and methane reduction projects that remove carbon from the atmosphere.

Here's How It Works

Just click the orange button below. TripZero will calculate your trip's carbon footprint and erase it with certified carbon offsets.  It only takes a moment and the service is completely free to all SOLAR 2016 attendees.

Here's Why It Works

We fund reforestation and forest protection projects around the globe. As these forests grow, they absorb carbon dioxide—the main greenhouse gas driving climate change—eliminating the pollution created by your trip.

We Support: Patagonia Sur

Patagonia Sur runs the largest native-species reforestation campaign in Chile’s history and the first to receive accreditation under the Verified Carbon Standard. The project plants native-species trees in a pattern that replicates the growth of a natural forest in Patagonia, Chile. During its lifetime, each tree will remove over 1,000 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere.

Travel Advice



San Francisco International Airport  (SFO).  Most visitors flying in for SOLAR 2016 will utilize SFO, which is located 16 miles from the Intercontinental.


By Rapid Transit  Please consider using BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). The trip takes just 35 minutes. It's easy to catch a train from the airport to the Powell Street station and then walk to the Intercontinental. One-way fares from SFO cost $9.


By Taxi  The trip takes about 35 minutes without traffic. During rush-hour, a 75 minute trip is not uncommon. One-way fares from SFO typically cost $40 plus tip.


Directions from SFO on Google Maps

Public Transportation


Lots of options. San Francisco has a robust and varied transportation system that includes, world famous cable cars, street cars, buses and ferries.  We'd recommend navigating to your hotel first and then inquiring with hotel staff about the best way to reach the Intercontinental via public transit.


There are two public transit stations within a short walk of the Intercontinental that make it easy to reach from in and around  San Francisco


Via BART, Muni Metro:

  • Get off at the Powell Street Station
  • Exit to Market Street
  • Head northeast to 5th Street
  • Turn right on 5th Street
  • Turn left on Howard Street


Via CalTrain:

  • Get off at the Caltrain Station (4th & King Street)
  • Head northwest toward Townsend Street
  • Turn right on 5th Street
  • Turn right on Howard Street


For advance planning try:



From East Bay

  • Take the Bay Bridge I-80 to 5th Street
  • Take exit 2A from I-80
  • Continue on 5th Street to Howard Street


From North Bay

  • Since you'll be traveling through the city and route times vary widely with traffic, we advise checking Google Maps for the quickest route before you depart.


From Peninsula & South Bay

  • Take US-101 North to I-280 North
  • Take exit 57 from 1-280 North
  • Turn right on Brannan Street
  • Turn left onto 3rd Street
  • Turn left onto Howard Street


Get directions to SOLAR 2016|Intercontinental on Google Maps

1. SOLAR 2016|Intercontinental San Francisco

2. Powell Street Station (BART, Muni Metro)

3. Caltrain Station (4th & King Street)