2018 Congressional Education Day

Help set the climate agenda for the next Congress

Join us in D.C. this November 12th & 13th

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First to meet with Congress about climate after the election.

Each November, we meet with Congress in Washington, D.C. It’s always a good time of year to make climate and Carbon Fee & Dividend a top priority. That’s particularly true this election year:

  • While some races are competitive, most Congressional Representatives will return next session.  
  • We’ll catch our Representatives on the first day they’re back in session – when they are ready to focus on setting priorities.  
  • We can help returning members prepare for the post-midterm political landscape as it relates to climate change.
  • For districts where the Representative is not returning, we will work with you to set priorities.

The Venue



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

Phone: (202) 234-0700

CCL block rate rooms at the Omni Shoreham are all booked up! Click to reserve a regular room rate at the Omni Shoreham, or check out other nearby hotels .

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Schedule of Events

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is invited to attend Congressional Education Day?

Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of your level of experience in CCL.

How do I register?

Registration is now closed.

Is there a registraton fee?

Yes, there’s a $79 registration fee.

Is there a cancellation deadline?

Yes, the cancellation deadline is Friday, October 26. Please contact us to cancel so we can adjust the lobby schedule accordingly.

Whom should I notify if I need to cancel?

If you need to cancel, contact us right away by email or by phone at (619) 437-7142. Please understand the lobby schedules are greatly impacted by last-minute cancellations, so we would appreciate as much advance notice of cancellations as possible. Refunds are only available through October 26. You can still cancel after October 26, but we cannot process your refund.

Are meals included in the registration fee?

Meals are NOT included in the registration fee. However, the area is packed with restaurants.

Is my registration fee transferable?

Registration fees are not transferable.

May I pay by check?

Yes. When you register above, when you get to the payment section of the registration process, select “pay by check” and continue with the rest of the registration form. Please mail your check, made payable to Citizens’ Climate Lobby, to our office at 1330 Orange Ave #309, Coronado, CA 92118. Please put “2018 CED” in the memo. Your payment must be received by October 19, 2018 if you have registered to lobby.

Are scholarships available for registration, travel, and hotel expenses?

We strive to keep registration fees 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.y1563217276bbole1563217276tamil1563217276csnez1563217276itic@1563217276xobni1563217276.ecne1563217276refno1563217276c1563217276.

CCL is piloting a stipend program for new group leaders and liaisons–people who have been in that role for less than a year and have never been to one of our DC lobby days. Each region is allocated up to 3 $300 stipends to help with expenses, available to those who fit the selection criteria on a first come first served basis. Details and application here.

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).

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

Yes, please contact us by email or by phone at (619) 437-7142.

Can minors (under 18) attend Congressional Education Day?

Yes! CCL believes in empowering young voices. Please note that conference attendees and lobbyists under the age of 18 require additional steps for registration. Here are the considerations that you should be aware of and steps you should take:

  1. All attendees and lobbyists under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian or chaperone. Chaperones must be approved by parents/legal guardians via a permission slip. Permission slips not received by Oct. 19 may result in canceled registration and forfeiture of lobby spot.
  2. There is a limit of one minor per chaperone, parent, or legal guardian on lobby day.
  3. Minors attending with a chaperone must register by Oct. 19.
  4. We have limited lobby meetings available for lobbyists under 18. This includes children accompanying parents while parents lobby. Please email our membership coordinator Sara Wanous to check on availability of lobby spots. If you are registering a minor, their spot is not reserved until you have submitted their permission slip and received a confirmation email.

To acquire a permission slip and for all questions regarding minors attending Congressional Education Day, please email our membership coordinator Sara Wanous at gro.e1563217276tamil1563217276csnez1563217276itic@1563217276suona1563217276w.ara1563217276s1563217276.

Program and Agenda

How is Congressional Education Day different from the June Conference?

Our June conference is our biggest annual event and includes two full day of conference speakers, workshops and networking, followed by a day of lobbying on the Hill. Congressional Education Day provides one day of training focused on preparing everyone for congressional meetings on the second day. You must participate in the training on Monday afternoon and evening in order to participate in the Tuesday congressional meetings. The Monday morning offerings are optional, unless you have not taken the Climate Advocate Workshop already, which is our required introduction to CCL’s lobbying methods.

What is the CCL Climate Advocate Training Workshop (CATW, formerly known as Group Start Workshop)?

The Climate Advocate Training 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. The training occurs at our International and Regional Conferences, our Congressional Education Days, and when we are initiating a brand new group in a new area.

If you have not participated in CATW before the 2018 Congressional Education Day, plan to attend the training led by Elli Sparks and Brett Cease at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12. You cannot lobby unless you have attended this training.

If I've never attended CCL’s Climate Advocate Training (CAT, aka Group Start Workshop), should I attend the session on Monday morning?

All Lobby Day participants are required to participate in the CCL Climate Advocate Training Workshop 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.

What's the difference between the Climate Advocate Training Workshop (CATW) and the training webinars leading up to the conference?

All Lobby Day participants are required to participate in the Climate Advocate Training Workshop (CATW) prior to lobbying. CATW 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.The training webinars are optional, but strongly recommended.

CATW focuses on CCL, our history and methods for generating political will.

Our lobby training webinars are an outstanding supplement to our CATW. They focus on how to have effective lobby meetings with Congress. These webinars are offered live through CCU (Citizens’ Climate University) and will also be available as a recording or podcast. We will announce the dates of the trainings once they are scheduled.

What is the difference between the Climate Advocate Training Workshop (CATW) and the Online Climate Advocate Training (OCAT)?

While both trainings cover the same material about CCL, our history, methods for generating political will, and the basics of how to lobby Congress using CCL’s specific approach, the online training does not allow you the opportunity to participate in a mock member of Congress meeting. The CATW mock lobby meeting activity helps you understand at a practical level, the roles in at lobby meeting, how to plan an agenda, and putting it all together!

If you have completed the OCAT, but not the live CATW, we encourage you to attend the last 45 minutes 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. of the Climate Advocate Training Workshop on Monday morning during Congressional Education Day so you can participate in the mock member of Congress meeting!

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

  • If you have not completed Climate Advocate Training (either at a Regional Conference, June International Conference, November Congressional Education Day, or during your Group Start), you should attend this workshop on Monday morning.
  • If you are a State or Regional Coordinator, please attend the State and Regional Coordinator workshop.
  • If you do not fit into either of the above categories, the Climate Advocate Communications is for you! To succeed in our work of building political we need to be good communicators! We need to have good systems for communicating with each other, to be skilled at presenting a clear and focused message when we are speaking, and to be skillful listeners when we are meeting with people we want to gain as allies. This session will offer specific help and opportunities to practice in each of these vital areas.


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.

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

This November we anticipate that each person will have 2-3 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.

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.e1563217276tamil1563217276csnez1563217276itic@1563217276yma1563217276.

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 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.

How are lobby schedules created for minors?

To attend Congressional Education Day and to lobby, attendees under the age of 18 must submit a signed parents’ permission form by Oct. 19. (Send an email to gro.e1563217276tamil1563217276cnezi1563217276tic@s1563217276uonaw1563217276.aras1563217276 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. There is a limit of 1 minor per chaperone.

Whom should I contact at CCL with my scheduling questions?

If you have questions about who is making the appointment or this process, please email gro.e1563217276tamil1563217276csnez1563217276itic@1563217276yma1563217276.

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.

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

Meeting preparation matters! We ask the leader for each lobby team to contact the team members as soon as possible after everyone receives their lobby schedules to arrange a time to prepare for the meeting. If you don’t hear from your team lead, you can also contact them. All contact information will be on your schedules, which will be emailed to you on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Some teams arrange to meet by conference call prior to arriving in D.C. Many find a time to meet during Congressional Education Day, either at a meal or on the lobby day itself. Often there is a time during the Tuesday lobby day when everyone can meet in a congressional cafeteria to plan, which you can determine by looking at your schedule. Here is a suggested schedule for meeting while in DC during Congressional Education Day:

If Your Tuesday Meeting Starts At This Time: Meet During This Monday Conference Break:
8:00 – 10:00 AMBreakfast (8-9 am)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM1st Half Lunch (12:00 – 12:45 pm)
12:00 – 2:00 PM2nd Half Lunch (12:45 -1:30 pm)
2:00 – 3:00 PM1st Half Dinner (5:30 – 6:30 pm)
3:00 – 5:00 PM2nd Half Dinner (6:30 – 7:30 pm)

How many members of Congress will we meet with?

Last year we met with over 400 offices for our November Congressional Education Day. We hope to surpass that number this year!

Can I drop in to a Lobby Meeting?

No, please do not just drop in to a lobby meeting or join a team you aren’t scheduled for without the permission of the team lead. We put a lot of effort and advance planning into creating lobby teams, including making sure they aren’t too large and making sure everyone who is registered to lobby has a workable lobby schedule. The November lobby day is not a drop-in event. Advance registration and our Climate Advocate Training Workshop are expected of everyone who wishes to participate in the lobby day.

What is proper attire for Captiol Hill?

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 D.C., and many seasoned CCL lobbyists can tell you about their sore feet if you don’t believe us!

Casual or business casual attire is just fine for the educational part of the event on Monday Nov. 12.

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

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

We do not recommend taking your luggage with you to Capitol Hill. You may experience problems with security at 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 meet with your members of Congress and their staff on the Hill, you can look like professionals by presenting your own CCL business cards. Follow the instructions from Community Lobbying Resources to create and order your own CCL business cards. Also, don’t forget the thank you cards. You can either print them at home, use a local printer, or order them through CCL’s signs.com store.


What are the details on host hotel?

The host hotel is the Omni Shoreham, located at 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20008. While CCL block rates have expired, you can still find rooms at the hotel. Visit the reservation page on the hotel’s website to make your reservation. Or, you can find available rooms in nearby hotels for your stay.  

How can I find a roommate?

  1. 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.
  2. To find a local DC-area host offering accommodations in their home, a Homestay Portal is provided.

Are there hostels nearby?

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

You also might consider renting through Airbnb.


How long will it take to get from 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 Omni Shoreham 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 Shoreham Hotel by heading out of the Woodley Park station at the 24th Street NW & Connecticut Ave exit and proceed down Calvert Street. The Omni Shoreham Hotel address is 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 1,200 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.

Is there parking at the Omni Shoreham Hotel?

Valet parking is available at the hotel at the rate of $52/day. Self-parking is not available.


Is there an app with the event schedule?

If you have a smartphone, you could download the mobile app. You can even set your notifications to alert you when updates are made.

  • In your app store, search for “Grenadine Event Guide”
  • Once downloaded, open the app and enter in the event code: 2018CED
  • From the menu on the bottom, you can access the schedule, speakers, and other event information.
  • As we get closer to Congressional Education Day, we’ll be putting handouts and other information into the app for easy access.

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