June 2020 Climate Change Conference & Lobby Day

Heal our democracy, solve climate change.

2020 will be a challenging year for the climate.

We’ve been grappling with some big, complicated challenges as a country. Later this year, we’ll have a presidential election. Meanwhile, urgent problems like climate change are higher in the public awareness than ever—but sometimes it feels like polarization is higher than ever, too. How will our government take action?

You have a choice.

Will you choose to resign yourself to politics as usual? To engage in unproductive fights? Or, will you choose to work together – to connect with your fellow Americans, to organize in your community, and to bring people together around the urgent issue of climate change?  At CCL, we’ve made our choice. We’re showing up in Washington, D.C. to help heal democracy and our climate. 

At CCL’s International Conference & Lobby Day, you’ll help break through the cynicism that prevents us from addressing climate change. 

  • Get trained on how to engage your member of Congress and others in your community about climate change
  • Get connected with 1,500 other people from around the country who are concerned about climate change and working to get Congress to act on climate
  • Get out there with your new skills and fellow constituents. You will visit Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staff about climate change in pre-arranged meetings. Your voice and your story are what Congress most needs to hear.

Registration

3 of 3 ticket options available
Conference + Lobby Day
$129
Available
Sales end on May 18 | Limited number of lobby day tickets available
Good for admission to the 2-day conference, Lobby Day, and Lobby Day reception.

A lobby day ticket gives you the opportunity to lobby on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 9th. We will provide you with a schedule.
Conference Only
$129
Available
Sales end on May 18
Good for admission to the 2-day conference and Lobby Day reception.
Saturday Seminar
$35
Available
Sales end on May 18
Dive deep into a subject matter and build skills via our optional Saturday Seminars. The 2020 topics you can choose from are: Diversity and Inclusion, Tools for Depolarizing, or Deep Dive into the Energy and Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. 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 6th. Learn more about topics in the FAQ.

Program


Venue

Omni_Shoreham_Hotel

Address

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

Phone: (202) 234-0700

Room rates are $289 per night, up to 4 people per room. Book by May 4, 2020 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.

Reserve a room

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

Who is invited to attend the International 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. We provide training for all levels of experience during the conference. Attendees have described this as a life-changing experience, and we want you to enjoy that experience too!

How do I register?

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

  • Conference & Lobby Day (includes the two days of the conference, June 7-8, and Lobby Day June 9)

Or

  • Conference Only (includes the two days of the conference, June 7-8, but will NOT include Lobby Day June 9, you will not receive a Lobby Day schedule)

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 and you can choose to put yourself on the Lobby Day Waitlist. The waitlist will open up once 1,000 lobby spots have been filled in order to save room for underrepresented parts of the country.

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?”

We encourage you to register by May 18th deadline, but walk ins are welcome to attend the Conference only. Walk ins will not be able to participate in Lobby Day. 

Is there a registraton fee?

Yes, there is a registration fee of $129. If you choose to attend a Saturday Seminar, there is an additional $35 fee. 

Can minors (under 18) attend the Conference and Lobby 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 18 may result in canceled registration and forfeiture of lobby spot.
  2. Both the chaperone or parent/legal guardian and the minor must be registered for the conference
  3. There is a limit of one minor per chaperone or parent/legal guardian on lobby day. 
  4. Minors attending with a chaperone must register and have permission slips completed by May 18, 2020.

Permission slips: A personalized permission slip link will be sent to you and your parent/legal guardian 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.y1582038021bbole1582038021tamil1582038021csnez1582038021itic@1582038021pihsr1582038021ebmem1582038021.

What should I do if I need to cancel?

If you need to cancel, contact us as soon as possible by email or by phone at (619) 437-7142. The deadline for cancellations and refunds is May 18.  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 18. If you are cancelling after May 18th please alert us, but we will not be able to 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.

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 Education, to our office at 1330 Orange Ave #309, Coronado, CA 92118. Please put “2020 International Conference” in the memo. Your payment must be received by May 18, 2020. 

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.y1582038021bbole1582038021tamil1582038021csnez1582038021itic@1582038021xobni1582038021.ecne1582038021refno1582038021c1582038021.

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 29th. If you have questions, please email gro.e1582038021tamil1582038021csnez1582038021itic@1582038021nagro1582038021m1582038021.

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.

When will registration occur during the conference?

Registration will begin Saturday, June 6 in the afternoon. Registration will reopen Sunday, June 7, and Monday, June 8, 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. 

Lobbying

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 notify the meeting leader, which can be found on your lobby schedule.

Is there a maximum number of lobbyists for Lobby Day?

We have a limit of 1,200 citizen lobbyists for Lobby Day. If you want to participate in lobbying, we encourage you to register early.

However, there is plenty of room at the conference June 7-8. 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.

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 5-6 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.e1582038021tamil1582038021csnez1582038021itic@1582038021yma1582038021.

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 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 18th. (Send an email to gro.e1582038021tamil1582038021cnezi1582038021tic@p1582038021ihsre1582038021bmem1582038021 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.e1582038021tamil1582038021csnez1582038021itic@1582038021yma1582038021.

Can I request to be in a specific lobby meeting?

Yes, special requests must be submitted once you register and before registration closes. There’s a place on your confirmation email 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. Some CCL Liaisons have submitted meeting plans. If a plan was submitted it will arrive attached to your lobby schedule. 

It is not possible for us to designate specific times during the Conference for your lobby team to meet, 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 the Thursday  before Lobby Day.

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 we suggest possible times 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. 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 is proper attire for Capitol Hill and the Conference?

We suggest business attire for those participating in our Lobby Day on Capitol Hill on June 9th. As our Legislative Director, Danny Richter, likes to say, “In DC, if you want to be taken seriously, you need to dress seriously!”. We encourage a suit and tie, skirt/dress pants with a professional top and jacket, or a professional 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 conference June 7-8.

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 2020 conference officially kicks off, 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:

Exploring the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

Reading Congressional legislation can feel like being dropped into an uncharted jungle without a guide. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is no exception, but we all need to be confident answering questions about the bill, whether they come from a potential endorser or your Uncle Fred. In this Saturday Seminar, Rick Knight, Ross Astoria, and Jerry Hinkle will be your guides to understanding how the policy works, why it is the way it is, and what exciting new economic research tells us about its potential.

Beyond Diversity: building an inclusive and empowering culture at CCL 

Climate change affects everyone and Citizens’ Climate endeavors to engage people from all backgrounds and sectors of our society in advocating for climate solutions. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are natural outgrowths of our values of relationships, integrity, personal power, and being nonpartisan. What can we do to uplift the voices not heard enough in the climate movement? How can we recognize and overcome our internal biases and assumptions? How do we create a more inclusive and empowering culture that welcomes everyone looking to make a difference on climate change? In this workshop, Clara Fang will facilitate participants to recognize their privileges, understand challenges of interacting in a diverse environment, and brainstorm ways that our chapters and our organization can be more inclusive of all people. 

Depolarizing Within: A “Better Way” to Prepare for Climate Discussions, presented by Better Angels, a national non-profit with a mission to depolarize America. 

Much of today’s epidemic of toxic polarization between climate advocates and climate skeptics is driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those on the other side.  Too often we stereotype, dismiss, or ridicule our fellow citizens who differ from us in their perspectives on climate change. Although polarization in some form has always been around, nowadays, people on the other side have become not just strangers but enemies.  How we talk among ourselves about them fuels fires that threaten our democracy.

This workshop will:

  • Help you become more aware of your inner polarizer
  • Help you learn ways to depolarize yourself so that you can disagree without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping the millions of people who differ from your climate change perspective 
  • Teach you skills for how to intervene in social conversations with like-minded people when those conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other views

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 the afternoon of Saturday, June 6, if that works with your travel arrangements. The Conference itself kicks off at 9 am sharp on Sunday, June 7. You don’t want to miss the big kickoff!

If you have never attended our Climate Advocate Training Workshop plan to attend the training led by Elli Sparks and Brett Cease on either Saturday, June 6 at 6pm, or on Sunday, June 7 at 10:15 am (you can choose which you prefer when you register). 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)? Should I attend?

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 November Lobby Days, and when we are initiating a brand new group in a new area.

If you have not participated in CATW before the 2020 International Conference, plan to attend the training led by Elli Sparks and Brett Cease, either Saturday, June 6 at 6pm, or on Sunday, June 7 at 10:15 am (you can choose which you prefer when you register). 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'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. It provides you with and introduction to Citizens’ Climate Lobby and  what you need to know to lobby with us: our legislation, values, approach to lobbying, and methods for generating political will.  

The training webinars are optional, but strongly recommended. Our lobby training webinars are an outstanding supplement to our CATW. They focus on how to have effective lobby meetings with Congress and go into greater detail than the CATW. These webinars are offered live through CCL’s training program – check out the schedule for this year, or see previous training recordings here.

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, OCAT 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 45 minutes of the Climate Advocate Training so you can participate in the mock member of Congress meeting. We have two CATW sessions, so this would either be Saturday, June 6 at 7:15-8pm, or on Sunday, June 7 at 11:45am-12:30pm.

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

  • If you have not completed Climate Advocate Training (either at a Regional Conference, June International Conference, November Lobby Day, or offered by your chapter), you should attend this workshop on Sunday morning.
  • If you are a current Group Leader or Liaison, please attend the Group Leader and Liaison Workshop.
  • If you do not fit into either of the above categories, you are warmly invited to participate in any of the Taking Action Workshops. Stay tuned for more details on the specifics of these workshops.

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: CCLDC2020
  • From the menu on the bottom, you can access the schedule, speakers, and other conference information.

Lodging

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 $289 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?

In order to facilitate the coordination of searching for roommates you will need to sign CCL’s  Liability Waiver for the Room Share Forum. Read the terms on that page and express your consent to the terms.  After you click submit you’ll be redirected to the room share forum. To find the forum later, on Community go to Connect With Others -> Sitewide Forums -> General -> Room Share.

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.

Travel

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.

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