2019 Conference

Make a big impact on climate change conversation in D.C.

Introducing our first ever public event in D.C.

10 years ago CCL held its first conference. Since then, we’ve met annually – ordinary people from around the country – to learn, to connect, and to ask Congress to introduce bipartisan climate legislation. This year is the first year we’ll meet and ask Congress to support an active climate bill – the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. 

  • How can we get this bill passed? Our D.C. team will share insights. 
  • Collaborate and plan next steps to support the bill in your district.
  • Learn from, get inspiration from and celebrate progress with fellow CCL supporters.

You’ll still have an opportunity to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill. For those who are not lobbying, we are planning a public event on Capitol Hill on June 11th where you’ll have the opportunity to represent your district and share your climate story.

Registration Fees and Deadlines

Walk-in Pricing:

  • Conference – $129
  • Saturday Seminar – $35

Lobby Day registration is no longer available. To register for the conference on-site, look for the signs pointing you to conference registration from the Omni Shoreham lobby.

Featured Speakers 

Mustafa Santiago Ali

A renowned thought leader, international speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator, Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali serves as the Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation. He is also the founder of Revitalization Strategies, a business focused on moving our most vulnerable communities from “surviving to thriving.” Before joining the National Wildlife Federation, Mustafa was the senior vice president for the Hip Hop Caucus, a national non-profit, non-partisan organization that connects the hip-hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change. Previously, Mustafa worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 24 years.

Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is a professor at Texas Tech University, she hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, and she has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders.

Piper Christian

Piper Christian is a Freshman at the University of Utah. She has volunteered for Citizens Climate Lobby since her sophomore year in high school. In 2018, Piper worked with CCL volunteers and students to pass a resolution through the Utah State Legislature which recognized the impacts of climate change and encouraged emissions reductions. She has spoken on youth panels, organized Utah’s first youth environmental summit in 2017, and gave a TEDx talk on climate change communication in 2016.

Add on a Saturday Seminar

Dive deep into a subject matter and build skills via our optional Saturday Seminars. 2019 topics include: The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, Effective Communication Skills Using Motivational Interviewing, and Diversity Training. Choose one topic and purchase your ticket ($35 additional) when you register for the conference. Saturday seminars run from 2-5:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 8th. Learn more about topics in the FAQ.

The Venue



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

Phone: (202) 234-0700

Room rates are $279 per night, up to 4 people per room. Book by May 4, 2019 to receive this rate. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis and fill up quickly, so we suggest you make your reservation early.

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Schedule of Events

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is invited to attend the Annual Conference?

Everyone is invited to participate. There are many ways to contribute to the success of CCL’s mission and for those who are able to, we encourage you to attend the Annual International Conference and 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 1,200 spots for citizen lobbyists that are on a first come, first served basis. Once we reach the limit, we will open a waiting list which we will pull from if there are cancellations. There are two ticket types to choose from depending on whether you will or will not lobby on June 11.

How do I register?

There are two ticket types to choose from when you register for the Conference:

  • Conference & Lobby Day


  • Conference Only

We are limited to 1,200 lobby spots, but we have plenty of room for the Conference attendees. Once we reach the lobby spot maximum, Conference Only tickets will be available.

You can also sign up for our pre-conference training options: Saturday Seminars. For $35, you can choose to attend one of three afternoon seminars, which are separate from the International Conference and offer a chance to go a little deeper into the subject material. If you plan to attend, be sure to add this ticket to your registration as well. See the FAQ below for more information.

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

Is there a registraton fee?

Yes, the registration fees and deadlines are:

Early Bird (through April 30)

  • Conference & Lobby Day OR Conference Only: $129
  • Optional Saturday Seminar: $35

Regular Registration (May 1-20)

  • Conference & Lobby Day OR Conference Only: $179
  • Optional Saturday Seminar: $35

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 conference 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 May 20 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 and have permission slips by May 20.

Permission slips: A personalized permission slip link will be sent to you after registering. For any questions regarding your permission slip or attending the conference as a minor, please email our membership coordinator Sara Wanous at gro.e1611267037tamil1611267037csnez1611267037itic@1611267037suona1611267037w.ara1611267037s1611267037.

Is there a cancellation deadline?

Yes, the cancellation deadline is Monday, May 20. Please contact us to cancel so we can adjust the lobby schedule accordingly.

Are meals included in the registration fee?

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.

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 May 20. You can still cancel after May 20, but we cannot process your refund.

May I pay by check?

Yes. Once you chose your ticket type and proceed to complete your registration, choose the option “Pay by check.” Mail your check, made payable to Citizens’ Climate Education, to our office at 1330 Orange Ave, #309, Coronado, CA 92118. Please put “2019 June Conference” in the memo. Your payment must be received by May 20, 2019.

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

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.y1611267037bbole1611267037tamil1611267037csnez1611267037itic@1611267037xobni1611267037.ecne1611267037refno1611267037c1611267037.

We have two scholarship funds available to assist people of color and conservatives to come to the conference. For more information and to apply: Diversity Scholarship and Conservative Scholarship. Application deadline is March 31st. If you have questions, please email gro.e1611267037tamil1611267037csnez1611267037itic@1611267037nagro1611267037m1611267037.

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 conference fundraising ideas on CCL Community.

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.

When will registration occur during the conference?

Registration will begin Saturday, June 8 in the afternoon. Registration will reopen Sunday, June 9, and Monday, June 10, in the morning and go through the afternoon. We encourage you to register Saturday evening if possible to streamline the registration process the following days.


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, which can be found on your lobby schedule.

Is there a maximum number of lobbyists for Lobby Day?

There is plenty of room at the conference June 9-10. However, Lobby Day is sold out, as we have reached the limit for citizen lobbyists (1,200). A waiting list has been established. Priority will be given to under-represented people and congressional districts.

For those who are attending the conference but are not lobbying, CCL will be holding its first ever public event on Monday June 11th. You’ll have the opportunity to represent your district as a voice for climate action on Capitol Hill.  

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

Based on our experience last year with so many people wanting to lobby, we expect each person to have 2-3 lobby 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 makes the appointments for 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.e1611267037tamil1611267037csnez1611267037itic@1611267037yma1611267037.

How are lobby schedules created?

All lobby schedules are coordinated at the CCL office using a program that prioritizes placing constituents and current liaisons in their district meeting.

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. After placing available constituents, we prioritize people from the same state or region. 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 notify the meeting leader, which can be found on your lobby schedule.

How are lobby schedules created for minors?

To attend the conference and to lobby, attendees under the age of 18 must submit a signed parents’ permission form by May 20. (Send an email to gro.e1611267037tamil1611267037cnezi1611267037tic@s1611267037uonaw1611267037.aras1611267037 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.e1611267037tamil1611267037csnez1611267037itic@1611267037yma1611267037.

Can I request to be in a specific lobby meeting?

Yes, special requests must be submitted at time of registration. There’s a link on your registration confirmation (one of 2 confirmation emails) to request special consideration. Please keep in mind that we prioritize constituents to meet with their member of Congress, 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. It is not possible to designate specific times at the conference for each team, but to simplify finding your own best time, we have made the chart below. 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, June 6.

Some teams arrange to meet by conference call prior to arriving in D.C. Many find a time to meet during the conference, 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.

To facilitate your preparations, there will be rooms available during the conference where you can meet. This year, we are also suggesting a possible time to meet during meals, but it is up to each team to find their own time that works best. Here are the suggested times:

Suggested Lobby Meeting Planning Times
Lobby Meeting Start TimeSuggested Planning Time (arrange with your team lead)
10 – 10:59 a.m.Sunday Dinner First Hour
11 – 11:59 a.m.Sunday Dinner Second Hour
1 – 1:59 a.m.Monday Breakfast
2 – 2:59 p.m.Monday Lunch
3 – 3:59 p.m.Monday Dinner First Hour
4 – 4:59 p.m.Monday Dinner Second Hour
TBD, 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and all othersMonday After Dinner 8:15 p.m.

How do I get ready for Lobby Day?

Whether it’s your first time lobbying or your tenth, visit our Prepare for Lobby Day page to read through our recommended resources as a guide to walk you through the process of planning a powerful Lobby Day experience and the upcoming calendar of deadlines, helpful links and trainings.

How many members of Congress will we meet with?

Last year we met with just over 500 offices for our June Lobby 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. Consult your regional coordinator for advice if you think it is imperative that you be there. 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 June lobby day is not a drop-in event. Advance registration and our Climate Advocate Training are expected of everyone who wishes to participate in the lobby day.

What should a citizen lobbyist wear?

We suggest business attire for those participating in our Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. As Dr. Danny Richter, our VP of Legislation and Research, 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 conference itself.

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.

Another option is to consider luggage storage services such as Vertoe or Bag Taxi.

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.

Program and Agenda

What are the Saturday Seminars?

CCL’s core values say, in part, “We are prepared and do our research. We consult experts and use data. We are open to new information.” Before the June 2019 conference, our volunteers will have an extra chance to put this value into action by attending our “Saturday Seminars.”

Each of these optional seminars lasts three hours, taking our volunteers deeper into the material than a standard conference breakout. Attendees can choose one of three topics:

Diversity training for an empowered CCL
CCL Leaders from across the country offer tools and insight to help individuals who desire to build a more diverse chapter and improve your networking with people of color organizations. Led by CCL Outreach Coordinators Karina Ramirez, Princella Talley and Clara Fang, as well as Rev. Soniyyah (Sonna) B. Key, Fort Smith, AR Group Leader.

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act: Policy details and messaging practice
Our research and marketing departments have teamed up to dive into the details of the bill, and how to communicate with different audiences about it. Led by Rick Knight, CCL Research Coordinator and Lesley Beatty, CCL Director of Marketing.

Effective Communications for Climate Advocates
Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers a set of communication tools anyone can use in their advocacy work, from lobby meetings to talking with your neighbors about CCL. These tools sidestep resistance, promote collaboration and lead others to make the case for change. This will be a hands on workshop with lots of time to practice your new approaches to working with people. Led by Dr. Dan Wolk, Pennsylvania CCL, and John Sabin, Great Lakes CCL Co-regional Coordinator.

For $35, volunteers can take advantage of this pre-conference learning opportunity. Be sure to also add the Saturday Seminar ticket to your Conference registration. You’ll also be asked in the registration process which of the three seminar choices above you are interested in.

When should I arrive at the Conference?

Everyone is invited to arrive and register on afternoon of Saturday, June 8, if that works with your travel arrangements. The Conference itself kicks off at 9 a.m. sharp on Sunday, June 9. You don’t want to miss the big kickoff!

If you have never attended Climate Advocate Training Workshop plan to attend the training led by Elli Sparks and Brett Cease at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 9. You cannot lobby unless you have attended this training. It’s fine if you attended one at a previous national or regional conference or one organized by your local group.

What is the CCL Climate Advocate Training Workshop (CATW)?

The Climate Advocate Training Workshop focuses on CCL, our history, and our methods for generating political will, as well as 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 2019 Conference, plan to attend the training led by Elli Sparks and Brett Cease at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 9. You cannot lobby unless you have attended this training. It’s fine if you attended one at a previous national or regional conference or one organized by your local group.

If I've never attended CCL’s Climate Advocate Training Workshop (CATW), should I attend the session on Sunday 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. Sometimes a local chapter offers a CATW for their new members as well. 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 trainings are offered as live webinars and also available as videos/podcasts afterwards. For the full schedule and links to the trainings visit the Preparing For Lobby Day training page.

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. This 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 55 minutes 11:35 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. of the Climate Advocate Training on Sunday morning during the conference so you can participate in the mock member of Congress meeting!

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

If you have previously attended the Climate Advocate Training Workshop (either at a Regional or International Conference, or with your chapter), and you are not a Group Leader or Liaison, the Skills Building Workshops are for you! Stay tuned for more details on the specifics of these workshops.


What are the details on host hotel?

The host hotel is the Omni Shoreham, located at 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20008. For conference attendees, the rate is $279 per night with up to four people per room. You must book by May 4 to receive the CCL rate. Visit our group room block reservation page on the hotel’s website to make your reservation. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis and fill up quickly, we suggest you make your reservation early.

How can I find a roommate?

If you would like to find a roommate or have a room to share, a Room Share forum is available on the Community site.

Are there other lodging accommodations nearby?

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

You also might consider renting through Airbnb.

Some DC area CCL volunteers are offering rooms in their home for conference attendees to stay with them. If you are interested in this option, a volunteer-managed homestay portal website has been established to match up hosts and guests. Find helpful instructions for using the portal here.


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

Taking the Metro’s 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 toward 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, D.C., 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 is some information for the three nearby airports:

  • 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 $55/day. Self-parking is not available.

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 gases.


Is there an app with the conference schedule?

If you have a smartphone, you can 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: CCLDC2019
  • 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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