2017 CCL Conference

8th Annual
Citizens’ Climate
International Conference
& Lobby Day

Register Now!

Registration Fees & Deadline

Early Bird: January 2nd – April 30th – $129

Regular Rate: May 1st – May 26th –  $179

Registration deadline: May 26th

Lifechanging, Empowering and Inspirational!

Join hundreds of climate advocates in Washington, D.C. this summer for the 8th Annual Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Citizens’ Climate Education’s International Conference & Lobby Day.

During the Conference June 11-12th, you’ll hear from inspiring speakers and receive training to be game-changing communicators on this issue.

The tipping point for the political will to price carbon is getting closer. Thanks to the diligent efforts of our citizen volunteers, in 2016 we saw:

  • The growth of Representatives on the Gibson Resolution
  • The birth and rapid growth of the House Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus

Will this be the year we reach that tipping point? Be part of the power surge in D.C. for our Lobby Day on June 13th to do what we do best: having conversations that lead to the breakthroughs necessary to enact effective climate solutions.

Conference Countdown (June 11-13)

CCL Conference Attendees

Keynote Speaker

Stay Tuned!

The Venue

CCL Conference Host Hotel

Address

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

Phone: (202) 234-0700

Discounted rooms rates are $269 per night, up to 4 people per room. Click the button below and book by May 10, 2017 to receive this rate. Early booking is recommended as rooms do sell out.

Reserve a room

Schedule of Events

Conference & Lobby FAQs

Registration Questions

Who is invited to attend the Annual Conference?

Everyone is invited to participate. There are lots of ways to contribute to the success of CCL’s mission and for those who are able to, we encourage you to attend the Annual Conference & Lobby Day. Attendees have described this as a life-changing experience and we want you to enjoy that experience too!

The Conference is open to everyone and is not limited in scope. We have 900 spots for citizen lobbyists that are on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are two ticket types to choose from depending on whether you will or will not lobby on June 13th.

How do I register?

There are two ticketing options for the Citizens’ Climate International Conference & Lobby Day:

  • Ticket type 1: Conference only, June 11-12
  • Ticket type 2: Conference and Lobby Day, June 11-13

Follow this link to register. Payments can be made online with a credit card. If you wish to pay by check, see the FAQ below “May I pay by check?”

Is there a registration fee?

Yes, the registration fees and deadlines are:

  • Early Bird: January 2nd – April 30th – $129
  • Regular Rate: May 1st – May 26th –  $179
  • Registration deadline: May 26th

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 transferable?

Conference registration fees are not transferable.

May I pay by check?

Yes! To pay by check, click “Have an offer code?” on the checkout page and then type the word “check” in the box, click the check mark and continue completing the registration form. Then mail your check, made payable to Citizens’ Climate Education, to our office at 1330 Orange Ave, Suite 309, Coronado, CA 92118. Your payment must be received by May 22, 2017, if you have registered to lobby.

Are scholarships available?

We strive to keep conference registration low to make it possible for as many people who want to attend to be able to do so. To request a registration discount or fee waiver, please email gro.y1487728986bbole1487728986tamil1487728986csnez1487728986itic@1487728986ecner1487728986efnoc1487728986.

For financial support to offset travel and lodging for the conference, we recommend talking with your Group Leader or State or Regional Coordinator about local fundraising efforts.

Some volunteers have donated hotel or airline points to help other volunteers reduce their costs. You might also check out these online fundraising resources on CCL Community (login required).

Whom should I notify if I need to cancel?

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

When will registration occur during the conference?

Registration will begin Saturday, June 10 in the afternoon. Registration will reopen Sunday June 11, and Monday June 12, in the morning and go through the afternoon. We encourage you to register Saturday afternoon if possible to streamline the registration process the following days.

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 $269 per night with up to four people per room. You must book by Wednesday, May 10th to receive the CCL rate.

Reserve a room

How can I find a roommate?

In order to facilitate the coordination of searching for roommates, we’ve created a forum on CCL Community.

Are there hostels nearby?

Hostels (rates vary between $26-$40/night for dorm style accommodations)

You also might consider renting through Airbnb.

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.

Is there a maximum number of lobbyists for the Lobby Day?

There is plenty of room at the conference June 11-12. However, we will have more citizen lobbyists than Congress can handle (900) on Lobby Day June 13. If you want to participate in lobbying, we encourage you to register early.

Even if you can’t lobby we hope you will take advantage of the speakers, workshops and opportunity to network with like-minded volunteers at the conference.

Who will schedule the lobby meetings in DC?

Designated CCL ‘Congressional Liaison’ Volunteers or Appointment Setters will make appointments with Congressional offices. In some cases, CCL Interns will make appointments.

If you have questions about the appointment setting process or responsibilities, email gro.e1487728986tamil1487728986csnez1487728986itic@1487728986yma1487728986.

How are 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. We try to have no more than 4-6 people per meeting, depending on the number of people we have attend the Lobby Day.

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 have never attended Climate Advocate Training (CAT, aka Group Start Workshop), should I attend the session on Sunday morning?

All Lobby Day participants are required to participate in the CCL Climate Advocate Training prior to lobbying. If you’re new to CCL or you never attended this training before (even if you’ve been with CCL for a while), plan to attend this basic training to lobby.

Are we lobbying an extra day (Wednesday, June 14)?

No, all Lobby Day appointments are being set for Tuesday, June 13.

About how many meetings will I have? How many volunteers will be on the lobbying teams?

This year we anticipate that each person will have 3 meetings with 4-6 people in each meeting. This is subject to change, of course, depending on how many offices we schedule appointments with and the timing of those meetings.

Will my Lobby Meeting Team have time to meet and prepare?

Participants will receive their Lobbying Schedule a few days before the Conference and Lobby Day takes place. There will be rooms available on Saturday all day for teams to meet and plan.

New this year, Monday evening we will not reconvene for an evening program after the dinner break. Lobby Teams are free to arrange their own meeting preparation with other members of their team ahead of time. Monday evening we will have a DJ, dancing, and social time from 8:30-11:00 PM and we hope you’ll attend. There are also several breaks throughout the conference program where teams could arrange to meet and plan.

Congressional Liaisons will have the opportunity to create a Meeting Plan ahead of time with suggested asks and background information about previous meetings. Those Meeting Plans will be shared with the team when the Lobby Schedules are sent out.

What should a citizen lobbyist wear?

While the conference itself is not formal (casual or business casual attire is just fine), we suggest business attire for those participating in our Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. As our Legislative Director, Danny Richter, likes to say, “In DC, if you want to be taken seriously, you need to dress seriously!”

  • For men, that might mean dress pants, shirt, tie, and jacket.
  • For women, that might mean a skirt or dress pants with a professional top and jacket, or a dress.

Everyone should wear comfortable shoes (or bring a bag big enough to hide sneakers between meetings!). There will be a LOT of walking in DC and many seasoned CCL lobbyists can tell you about their sore feet if you don’t believe us!

How are lobby schedules created for minors?

To attend the conference and to lobby, attendees under the age of 18 must submit a signed parent’s permission form by May 26, 2017. (Send an email to Susan Higgins at gro.e1487728986tamil1487728986cnezi1487728986tic@n1487728986asus1487728986 for a permission form). The name of the parent or guardian that is accompanying the minor must be provided. Minors will be scheduled to lobby with their parent or guardian.

Conference Agenda

What is the CCL Climate Advocate Training (CAT, aka Group Start Workshop)?

The Climate Advocate Training (CAT, aka Group Start Workshop) focuses on CCL, our history, methods for generating political will, and covers the basics of how to lobby Congress using CCL’s specific approach.

If you have never attended Climate Advocate Training (formerly known as Group Start Workshop) plan to attend the training led by Elli Sparks at 10AM on Sunday, June 11th. You cannot lobby unless you have attended this training.

If you have not participated in this training before the 2017 Conference, we request that you attend the Climate Advocate Training and Group Start Workshop on Sunday, June 11th at 10:00 AM to be prepared to lobby.

What is the difference between the Climate Advocate Training (CAT, aka Group Start Workshop) and the online training webinars before the conference?

All Lobby Day participants are required to participate in the Climate Advocate Training (CAT) prior to lobbying. The training is CCL-specific and typically only occurs at our International and Regional Conferences, our Congressional Education Days, and when we are initiating a brand new group in a new area.

While the CAT focuses on CCL, our history and methods for generating political will, our lobby training webinars focus on how to have effective lobby meetings with Congress.

Our lobby training webinars are an outstanding supplement to our CAT. They focus on how to have effective lobby meetings with Congress. We do not require attendees to participate in the lobby training webinars but have found that those who attend the webinars are better prepared, more confident, and get the most out of their lobby meetings. These webinars are offered live through CCL University and will also be available as a recording or podcast. We will announce the dates of the trainings once they are scheduled.

There are three workshop options Sunday morning. Which should I attend?

If you have previously attended the Climate Advocate Training (either at a Regional or International Conference, or during your Group Start), and you are not a Group Leader or Liaison, the skills workshops are for you!. We will have two tracks for this: Track A and B, which will offer different options for beginners and experienced volunteers. Stay tuned for more details on the specifics of these workshops!

If I have never attended Climate Advocate Training (CAT, aka Group Start Workshop), should I attend the session on Sunday morning?

All Lobby Day participants are required to participate in the CCL Climate Advocate Training prior to lobbying. If you’re new to CCL or you never attended this training before (even if you’ve been with CCL for a while), plan to attend this basic training to lobby.

Travel Questions

Why do we have a United Airlines Discount Program? How can I take advantage of the possible discounts?

CCL has secured discounts on airfare for volunteers flying to DC for the conference. The discount program is 2% off and interested parties have two options for booking travel through United’s Meetings program.

  • Booking online: At www.united.com use this in the offer code box while searching for flights: ZXZ5290472
  • Travel Agent or Calling United Meetings Program: You can also book through your own travel agent or by calling United Meetings at 800-426-1122. The Agreement code is 290472 and the Z code is ZXZ5

For every forty (40) or more passengers who book through the United Meetings program, the customer will receive three (3) credits valid for redemption from a menu of travel rewards which can be viewed here. Some rewards include round-trip travel certificates, seating upgrades, free United Club Passes and more.

Why did we choose United Airlines?
They had the best benefits packages for our volunteers and, compared with the other major airlines, United had the best sustainability record and goals. According to their website, they are committed to leading commercial aviation as an environmentally responsible company. They’re working toward collective industry goals, including 1.5% average annual fuel efficiency improvement through 2020, carbon neutral growth beginning in 2020, and a 50% reduction in CO2 by 2050 relative to 2005 baseline levels.

Is there a way to offset my carbon emissions for my travel to the Conference?

Volunteers wishing to offset their carbon footprint from traveling to and from the conference can do so via the United Airlines’ CarbonChoice program if you are flying via United, or use common carbon offset programs like Carbonfund or TerraPass to support projects designed to help reduce greenhouse gasses. We hope these options help you to save some green while you green your travel, if flying is your only option!

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 Omni Shoreham Hotel. Check out this DC Metro Trip Planner for additional information.

How do you get from Union Station to the hotel?

From Union Station, take the Red Line going towards Shady Grove (Northwest) to the Woodley Park station (six stops). Walk two blocks to the Omni Shoream Hotel by heading out of the Woodley Park station at its 24th Street NW & Connecticut Ave exit and proceed down Calvert Street. Omni Shoreham Hotel: 2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008

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. Depending on which airport you are flying out of, you should leave yourself plenty of time to arrive in advance of your flight. Here are links to the three nearby airports, with some options:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), 3 miles from downtown, generally only services destinations fewer than 1200 miles away. Check out this link for ground transportation options. This airport is very convenient. For less than $6, passengers can get from any location on the Metrorail system to the Metrorail station connected to Terminal B/C. Allow about 1 hour from downtown DC to DCA for your travel time.
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), 25 miles from downtown, has more carriers than DCA. Check out this link for ground transportation options. Consider the Silver Line Express Metroline to Bus option.
  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), located about 45 miles north of Washington, DC, offers 650 domestic and 22 international flights daily. Check out this link for ground transportation options. You can take Amtrak from Union Station to BWI.  See Amtrak options from BWI. Allow about 2.5 hours for this option.

Other

What should I do with my luggage/bags while I am lobbying on Capitol Hill on Tuesday?

We recommend checking your bags at the front desk of your hotel if you plan to leave DC on Tuesday evening. Make sure you leave plenty of time for your last lobbying appointment (it could start as late as 5:30 pm) to get back to the hotel, pick up your bags, and then get to the airport or train station.

Another option is to utilize the Tiburon Lockers for storage in Union Station, but the cost can add up quickly for this service. See the pricing and policies here. The hours of operation are 6 AM to 10 PM, Daily.

We do not recommend taking your luggage with you to Capitol Hill. You may experience problems with security to the federal buildings, you will be doing a lot of walking throughout the day, and the House and Senate offices are all very small and cannot accommodate luggage.

How can I get CCL Business & Thank You Cards?

When you go and meet your members of Congress and their staff on the Hill you can look like professionals by presenting your own CCL business cards.

Business and Thank You Card templates are available on CCL’s intranet, CCL Community. Login and search for “Business Cards” or “Thank You Cards.” You can either print them at home, use a local printer, or order them through CCL’s signs.com store.

What kind of attire would be appropriate for the conference and lobby day?

While the conference itself is not formal (casual or business casual attire is just fine), we encourage business attire for those participating in our Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. As our Legislative Director, Danny Richter, likes to say, “In DC, if you want to be taken seriously, you need to dress seriously!”

  • For men, that might mean dress pants, shirt, tie, and jacket.
  • For women, that might mean a skirt or dress pants with a professional top and jacket, or a dress.
  • Everyone should wear comfortable shoes (or bring a bag big enough to hide sneakers between meetings!). There will be a LOT of walking in DC and many seasoned CCL lobbyists can tell you about their sore feet if you don’t believe us!