2015 International Conference

The 2015 Citizens’ Climate Lobby

International Conference

1000 Volunteers, 535 Congressional Meetings, One Goal

(Online registration for the 2015 CCL/CCE International Conference is now closed)

WALK-IN REGISTRATION DETAILS

When

June 21-23, 2015

Where

Washington, DC

An Event Not to Be Missed!

The 6th Annual Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Citizens’ Climate Education International Conference will bring together 1,000 volunteers who are dedicated to building the political will for a livable world. Attendees will hear from inspiring speakers, receive lobby training and go to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress.

Yet the best part of the conference is to feel the palpable energy from being with hundreds of wonderful, committed volunteers who share your vision.

Conference Countdown 

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe1

Keynote Speaker

The very first time Dr. Katharine Hayhoe spoke on a CCL national call in November of 2011, we realized she had an exceptional gift for communicating climate science, even to those who are skeptics. Just how exceptional, the nation would soon discover. In 2014, she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, and she was featured in Showtime’s award-winning series on climate change, “Years of Living Dangerously.”

Dr. Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University, is also an evangelical Christian. She teamed with her husband and pastor Andrew Farley to write A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, a book that explains climate science in a way that speaks to people of faith.

Also scheduled to appear: Dr. James Hansen, Anne Kelly, Bob Perkowitz and Sam Daley-Harris among others.

View the speaker lineup

The Venue

Omni_Shoreham_Hotel

Address

Omni Shoreham
2500 Calvert Street NW (Red Line – Woodley Park)
Washington, DC 20008

Phone: (202) 234-0700

Rooms rates are $229 per night, up to 4 people per room. Click the button below and book by 5/31 to receive this rate.

UPDATE: As of 5/15/15 there’s no availability at the Omni Shoreham on Tuesday, June 23rd. 

Reserve a room

Schedule of Events

Download a schedule PDF

Sunday, June 21

TIMEEVENT
09:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Group Leader Session
12:30 p.m. – 02:00 p.m.Lunch (on your own)
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • CCL Basic Training (Group Start Workshop)
  • Regional/State Strategic Planning
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Dinner (on your own)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Conference kick-off and Lobby Preparation
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.Reception, hosted by the Millennial Outreach Action Team

Monday, June 22

Morning Session

TIMEEVENT
8:00 a.m.Registration
9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Welcome, Introductions and Keynote by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Ask the Experts Panel, with Dr. James Hansen, Shi-Ling Hsu, and Anne Kelly
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.Breakout Briefing and Announcements
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Lunch (on your own) / Major and planned giving donor lunch

Afternoon Session (Breakouts)

TIMEEVENT
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

First Breakout Session: Climate Change & Agriculture, Why Fee and Dividend? The tradeoffs

Developing Listening Skills, REMI Report: Economics of Carbon Fee and Dividend,

Latino Outreach, Running for OfficeGenerating Letters to Congress,

Climate Reality Presentation, Liaisons and Envoys: Building Relationships

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Second Breakout Session:National Security & Climate Change, Unions, Labor and Climate Change

Starting a New Chapter, Climate Change and Public Health Impacts,

Local Resolutions in Support of Federal Policy, Social Media,

Climate Change & The OceansGrassroots Breakthroughs,

Scheduling Meetings with Congress, Canadian Meeting

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Third Breakout Session: Working with Congress: A Panel of Capitol Hill Staff,

Reaching Out to Republicans and Conservatives, Faith & Climate Change,

Pathway to Paris – UN Climate Negotiations,

Building an Inclusive Movement to Advance Climate Justice,

Fueling the Future with Renewable EnergyMeeting with Editorial Boards,

Proactive OutreachMillennials OutreachFundraising

Evening

TIMEEVENT
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Dinner (on your own)
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Dialogue with DirectorsJeff Orlowski,  Director, Producer, & Cinematographer of “Chasing Ice” & Daniel Abbasi, Executive Producer of Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously”
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. DJ, Dancing, and Photobooth

Tuesday, June 23
TIMEEVENT
08:15 a.m.CCL Group Photo on Capitol Hill
09:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.Lobby House and Senate
06:30 p.m.Reception (Omni Shoreham hotel)

Wednesday, June 24

(Optional Day of Lobbying)
TIMEEVENT
09:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.Lobby House and Senate on Capitol Hill

Registration

Online registration for the 2015 CCL/CCE International Conference is now closed.

Walk-in registrations for the conference only (no lobbying) will be accepted Sunday, June 21 or Monday, June 22. Walk in Registration is $99 and must be paid by check or credit card at the registration desk. No cash payments are accepted.

There is plenty of room in the conference so we hope you will take advantage of the speakers, workshops and opportunity to network with like-minded volunteers. 

Conference FAQs

Registration Questions

How do I register?

Online registration for the 2015 CCL/CCE International Conference is now closed.

Walk-in registrations for the conference only (no lobbying) will be accepted Sunday, June 21 or Monday, June 22. Walk in Registration is $99 and must be paid by check or credit card at the registration desk. No cash payments are accepted.

Is there a registraton fee?

Yes, there’s a $99 registration fee.

Are meals included in the registration fee?

No, meals are NOT included in the registration fee. However, the area is packed with restaurants.

Is my conference fee refundable?

Conference fees are refundable up to May 31, 2015. If your plans change please notify us prior to May 31, 2015, contact us.

Is my conference fee transferable?

Conference registration fees are not transferable.

May I pay by check?

Yes! To pay by check, on the checkout page, click “Have an offer code?” and then type the word “check” in the offer code box and mail your check to Citizens’ Climate Education, 1330 Orange Ave, Suite 300, Coronado, CA 92118. Your payment by check must be must be received by May 31, 2015 if you wish to lobby on Tuesday and we haven’t run out of space for lobbyists.

Whom should I notify if I need to cancel?

Please contact us by email or by phone: 619-437-7142.

Is there any financial assistance available?

All of the scholarship funds have been assigned. Attendees who demonstrate financial hardship can email Stephanie to apply for a waiver of the $99 registration fee. Your Group Leader might also be able to help with fundraising within your chapter to send members to D.C. for the conference.

May I assist others who need finanical help to attend the conference?

Yes, CCL has set up the Ed Law Scholarship fund to assist those who may need financial help in getting to the International Conference.

Lodging Questions

What are the details on host hotel?

The host hotel is the Omni Shoreham, located at 2500 Calvert Street NW Washington, DC 20008.  For conference attendees the rate is $229 per night with up to four people per room.  You must book by 5/31 to receive the CCL rate.

UPDATE: As of 5/15/2015 there’s no availability at the Omni Shoreham on Tuesday, June 23rd.

How can I find a roommate?

In order to facilitate the coordination of searching for roommates we’ve created a forum on CCL Community. To access the forum just click on the Conference Rooms and Roommates button on the Community home page.

NOTE: To access the forum you’ll need to first join CCL Community.

Are there hostels nearby?

Nearby hostels, offering dorm style accommodations, rates vary between $26-40 a night.

Downtown DC Hostel

Washington International Student Center

DC Lofty LLC

Loftstel

Hostelling International

Lobbying Questions

May I change the lobby schedule I receive?

We kindly ask that you love the schedule you get.  The process of coordinating the schedule is complex and changes have domino effects.  Often there are more constituents than space available in Capitol Hill offices.  Sometimes Congressional staffers have requested a limit on the number of people attending the meeting.  If for any reason you cannot attend a meeting we ask that you contact the meeting leader.

If 1,000 people come will there be enough room for everyone to lobby?

CCL has grown beautifully. For the first time we may have more lobbyists than we can use this year without making the teams too large to be effective. Unfortunately, the deadline to register to lobby has passed. There is plenty of room in the conference so even if you can’t lobby we hope you will take advantage of the speakers, workshops and opportunity to network with like-minded volunteers.

Lobbyists will have about 3 meetings this year on Tuesday.  There may be the opportunity to lobby on Wednesday as well but that’s an optional day.

Who will schedule the lobby meetings in DC?

Designated CCL ‘Congressional Liaison’ Volunteers (or designated CCL volunteer or intern) will make appointments with Congressional offices.

As of April 15, 2015, appointment setters have been confirmed. If you think you are an appointment setter for our June 2015 conference but did not confirm with us, please email Amy Bennett before you attempt to schedule any appointments.

How are volunteers lobby schedules created?

All lobby schedules are coordinated at the CCL office with a software program that prioritizes constituents and existing liaisons be placed in their district meeting if possible.

We cross reference the availability that you provided when you registered and we place you into appointments based on your availability, your congressional district, and the need for volunteers to fill meetings where we do not have any or enough constituents to fill the meeting. Each Senate meeting will consist of about 5-7 people and each House meeting will consist of about 4-6 people.

We kindly ask that you love the schedule you get.  The process of coordinating the schedule is complex and changes have domino effects.  Often there are more constituents than space available in Capitol Hill offices.  Sometimes Congressional staffers have requested a limit on the number of people attending the meeting.  If for any reason you cannot attend a meeting we ask that you contact the meeting leader.

Whom should I contact at CCL with my scheduling questions?

If you have questions about who is making the appointment or this process contact Amy Bennett.

Can I request to be in a specific lobby meeting?

Yes, special requests must be submitted at time of registration.  There’s a place on the registration form to request special consideration.  Please keep in mind that we prioritize constituents and there are no scheduling guarantees.

If I've never attended CCL Basic Training (Group Start Workshop) must I attend the session on Sunday morning?

All Lobby Day participants must have CCL lobby training.  So if you’re new to CCL it’s required that you attend the basic training to lobby.

 

Are we lobbying an extra day (Wednesday, June 24)?

The official conference and lobby day close on Tuesday, June 23 with our reception. However, there is an opportunity for additional lobbying on Wednesday, June 24 for volunteers who stay an additional day.

We have added the lobby day for Wednesday because the House will not be in session on Tuesday. We are hoping to get face to face meetings on Wednesday with House Representatives.

Other

How long will it take to get from the doors of the hotel to get to the steps of Capitol Hill?

Taking the Red Line from the hotel and then walking over to Capitol Hill takes about 35 minutes.

Is there a subway/rail system near the hotel?

Yes, DC’s rail service is called Metro.  The Red Line stops at Woodley Park which is a couple of blocks away from the host hotel.   DC Metro’s Trip Planner.

How much time should I allow if I am leaving directly from Capitol Hill to a local airport?

Allow 1 hour to get to your hotel to check out. Additionally:

  • 1 hour subway ride to DC National (Reagan) Airport.
  • Allow 1 additional hour to get to Dulles Airport.
  • 2.5 hours to BWI (Baltimore Airport).

Conference Agenda

What is CCL Basic Training (Group Start Workshop)?

Also known as the Group Start Workshop, this training covers CCL’s history, methodology and lobby training.

All Lobby Day participants must have CCL lobby training.  So if you’re new to CCL it’s required that you attend the basic training to lobby.

What's the difference between lobby training webinars and the group start workshop?

We do not require attendees to participate in the lobby training webinars, however we do strongly encourage them.
The lobby training webinars are different from our “group start workshop” (GSW), which will be held Sunday, June 21 from 2-5pm at the conference. We do require anyone who plans to lobby with us to participate in the GSW. The GSW is CCL-specific and typically only occurs at our International Conferences and our Regional Conferences and then when we are initiating a brand new group in a new area.
While the GSW focuses on CCL, our history and methods for generating political will, our lobby training focuses on how to have effective lobby meetings with Congress.
Many folks who have already received GSW training are also attending our lobby training webinars. We find that those who attend the webinars are better prepared and more confident and get the most out of their meetings.