Congressional Education Day

Citizens’ Climate
Congressional Education Day

November 14-15, 2016 | Washington, DC

Moving Congress forward

AR delegationJoin hundreds of climate advocates on November 14-15 for the 3rd Annual Citizens’ Climate Congressional Education Day in Washington, DC, as we keep moving Congress towards passage of Carbon Fee and Dividend.

This event will consist of a day of training for our volunteers followed by a day on Capitol Hill. Our meetings with Representatives and Senators will focus on educating them on what we learned from our June Lobby Day meetings and on finding out what they need to move forward after the election. Later in the week Kevin Ummel will lead a briefing in Congress on the Household Impact Study.

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The Venue

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Address

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

Phone: (202) 234-0700

The discounted rate is sold out. Click the button below to reserve a room at the normal room rate.

Find a CCL roommate. (you must login to CCL Community first).

For other options, see below in the FAQs for other nearby hotels or hostels.

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Schedule of Events


Lobby Day FAQs

Registration Questions

How do I register?

Follow this link to register for the Congressional Education Day. Payments can be made online with a credit card.

If you wish to pay by check, please email us.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes, there’s a $49 registration fee.

Are meals included in the registration fee?

Only one meal is included in the price of registration: lunch on Monday, November 14th. A vegan-friendly lunch will be provided by the Omni Shoreham Hotel.  All other meals will be on your own.  The area is packed with restaurants.

Is my conference fee refundable?

Conference fees are refundable. If your plans change please contact us.

Is my conference fee transferable?

Conference registration fees are not transferable.

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?

No, we are unfortunately not able to offer any scholarships for our Congressional Education Day. We encourage you instead to plan to attend the June Conference & Lobby Day. You also might check with your Group Leader or chapter members about ideas to fundraise to attend Conferences and Lobby Days.

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.

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.e1493507535tamil1493507535csnez1493507535itic@1493507535yma1493507535.

How are volunteers lobby schedules created?

We coordinate lobby schedules at the CCL home 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 4-5 people per meeting, depending on the number of people attending the Education 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 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 Climate Advocate Training (Group Start Workshop) must I attend the session on Monday morning?

All Lobby Day participants need to have participated in the CCL lobby training.  So if you’re new to CCL or you never attended this training before (even if you’ve been with CCL for a while), you should attend the Climate Advocate Training to lobby (AKA Group Start Workshop).

 

How many Lobby Meetings will I have on my schedule?

This depends on how many meetings get scheduled and how many volunteers attend the Lobby Day. We expect each participant to have anywhere from three to six meetings.

How many members of Congress (MOCs) will we meet with?

Our goal is to schedule meetings with about 300 offices. There are particular offices we are especially interested in meeting with (e.g. House Committee on Ways and Means, Senate Committee on Finance, Energy & Commerce, Energy & Natural Resources, and Environment & Public Works, and the House and Senate leadership), but volunteers are welcome to schedule meetings with their own members of Congress even if they are not on these committees.

How many CCL volunteers will be on my Lobby Meeting Team?

This depends on how many meetings get scheduled and how many volunteers attend the Lobby Day. We expect each meeting team to consist of between two to five volunteers.

Will my Lobby Meeting Team have time to practice and meet on Monday, November 14th to prepare?

Participants will receive their Lobbying Schedule a few days before the Lobby Day and Training takes place. There is no specified time set aside for planning meetings for Lobby Day, because we have quite a bit of information to cover that will help everyone be better prepared to lobby. However, there are several breaks where teams could arrange to meet and plan.

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).

How is this Congressional Education Day different from the June Conference?

Our June International Conference is, as many of our volunteers have put it, a “life-changing event!” While we hope that the Congressional Education Day will be equally rewarding to our volunteers, it is a much more fast-paced and condensed training session that is designed to get us out of our comfort zones to become even better climate advocates. We strive to focus more on our skills and techniques at the November event, whereas the June International Conference is for a much broader audience interested in learning the CCL basics and gathering information on a broad range of topics related to climate change.

Who is invited to attend the Congressional Education Day?

Everyone is invited to participate, keeping in mind that there are lots of ways to contribute to the success of CCL’s mission. Attending the Congressional Education Day is just one of those many ways. Please only consider attending if you think this will be personally rewarding and not overly burdensome for you to do so.

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.

If you would like to find a CCL roommate, visit this link on Community (you must log in to Community first).

 

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. You also might consider renting through Airbnb.com.

Downtown DC Hostel

Washington International Student Center

DC Lofty LLC

Loftstel

Hostelling International

Conference Agenda

What is Climate Advocate 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 need to have participated in the CCL lobby training. So if you’re new to CCL or you never attended this training before (even if you’ve been with CCL for a while), you should attend the Climate Advocate Training to lobby.

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

We do not require attendees to watch the lobby training webinars, however, we do strongly encourage them.

The lobby training webinars are different from our Climate Advocate Training, which will be held Monday, November 14th 9am-11:45am. We do request anyone who plans to lobby with us to participate in this. The training is CCL-specific and typically only occurs at our International and Regional Conferences, our Congressional Education Days, and then when we are initiating a brand new group in a new area.

While the Climate Advocate Training 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.

Many folks who have already received Climate Advocate Training are also tuning in for 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.

You can access the Lobby Training webinars from our lobby training playlist on YouTube or on CCL Community, (you must be a member to sign in) click the CCU menu item at the top of the page, click Lobby Training on the left and scroll down until you find Lobbying 101 – 401.