Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium 

Attending a night event at the Aquarium provides an unforgettable experience and makes a difference! As a nonprofit organization, event proceeds support our exhibit, education and conservation research programs. Amazing animals and awe-inspiring views are just a few things that make the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) unique. Our mission to inspire conservation of the ocean drives all our day-to-day culinary operations.

Executive Chef Matthew Beaudin’s creative, inspired and sustainable cooking philosophy centers on fresh, local and in-season ingredients, and suppliers who care about ocean conservation. Chef Matthew sources 90 percent of all produce, protein, and dairy products within 90 miles of the Aquarium, which reduces carbon emissions associated with shipping and storing food from outside the region. He is also an advocate for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch.

Hear Chef Matthew discuss our night events HERE.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is proud to announce that all the events we host will now be CarbonNeutral® certified with Natural Capital Partners! We continue to increase efficiency, support electric vehicles, use renewable energy and reduce event waste. Any remaining emissions are offset with verified emissions reductions from an afforestation project in Mexico. In addition, we are supporting the Million Mangrove campaign and 1,250 mangrove trees will be planted in Southern Mexico. We are proud to support these projects, which aligns with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s strategy and connection to two UN Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 13 Climate Action and SDG 14 Life Below Water. Achieving certification for our events program, promotes our efforts to model best practices for environmental sustainability.

In this new program we are including offsetting of our corporate event attendees’ emissions from their travel to the Aquarium and their hotel stays.

To achieve CarbonNeutral® certification, MBA is working with Natural Capital Partners, experts in the delivery of solutions for positive impact on carbon and renewable energy. MBA has achieved net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the global standard for carbon neutral programs. This involved an independent assessment of the CO2 emissions produced from heating, lighting, waste, supplier and attendee travel followed by the purchase of environmental instruments which support low carbon sustainable development and renewable energy projects around the world. All the projects are independently verified to assure the quality of the emissions reductions or renewable energy generation to enable MBA to report a net zero carbon footprint.

     The CUG Night Out venue, has specific guidelines that as of March 1, 2022 include proof of vaccination. Those      guidelines are subject to change and are posted here, https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit/proof-covid19-vaccination-required .

Thursday, May 5

  • Panel discussion, technical paper presentations, and plenary sessions
Local area attractions
Hotel Information

The Monterey Marriott is located downtown and situated along the waterfront which overlooks Monterey Bay.  There are several attractions nearby including the Monterey Aquarium, Cannery Row, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur. Visit the hotel website for additional information and details on amenities. There are numerous transportation options available to/from the Monterey airport.


Reservations by attendees at the Monterey Marriott must be received before Friday, April 8, 2022.  The hotel will continue to accept reservations after the cut-off date, based on room and rate availability.

All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by one of these methods.

Breakfast is in addition to the room rate of $234; Buffet breakfast is $27 and a full American breakfast is $18 .

Complimentary guest room internet is available to all Marriott Bonvoy members.  For non-members, discounted internet is available for $1.00 per night per room.

The Hotel’s room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 12% Occupancy Tax + 4.15% CCFD Fee + $0.75 CA Fee + $2.00 Monterey Fee) in effect at the time of check-out.

Book by phone: Call the hotel at +1 877 901 6632 (US and Toll-Free) and mention “CUG 2022 Event” to receive the discounted group rate or the prevailing government rate.

NOTE: The government rate is only applicable from May 1 – May 5. Any dates before/after this date range will be booked at the discounted CUG group rate. Call the hotel in order to book some nights at the government rate and the rest of your stay at the CUG discounted rate.

Book online: https://book.passkey.com/go/CUG2022