CCL Conference 2016

CCE/CCL 2016 Conference & Lobby Day

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Conference & Lobby Day



June 19-21, 2016




Washington, DC


Lifechanging, Empowering and Inspirational!


During the CCL Conference June 19-20 in Washington DC, you’ll hear from inspiring speakers and receive the training to be game-changing communicators on this issue, speaking on behalf of future generations.

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Keynote Speaker


CCL conference keynote speaker Dr. Michael MannDr. Michael Mann, one of the most respected climate scientists in America, will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 CCE/CCL conference in Washington, D.C. Dr. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University and director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC). In 1998, it was his research – conducted with Raymond Bradley and Malcolm Hughes – that led to the famous “hockey stick” graph that shows the alarming rise is average global temperatures during the 20th Century.


Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He is the author of more than 190 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and has published two books — Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. He is also a co-founder of the award-winning science website

The Venue




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


Phone: (202) 234-0700

Rooms rates are $229 per night, up to 4 people per room. Click the button below and book by 5/16 to receive this rate.

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Schedule of Events

See schedule for the 2016 Conference here.

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Conference & Lobby FAQs

Registration Questions

How do I register?

There are two registration options for the 2016 CCE/CCL International Conference and Lobby Day.

  • Option 1: CLOSED – Conference only, June 19-20
  • Option 2: SOLD OUT – Conference and Lobby Day, June 19-21

Is there a registration fee?

Yes, there’s a $99 registration fee for whichever registration option you select.

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 refundable?

Conference fees are refundable up to May 31, 2016. If your plans change please notify us prior to May 31, 2016, @ .gro.1503073884ybbol1503073884etami1503073884lcsne1503073884zitic1503073884@ecne1503073884refno1503073884c1503073884

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 and then mail your check, made out to Citizens’ Climate Education, to our office at 1330 Orange Ave, Suite 300, Coronado, CA 92118. Your payment must be received by May 31, 2016, if you have registered to lobby.

If I need to cancel, whom do I contact?

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

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 $99 registration fee waiver, please email gro.y1503073884bbole1503073884tamil1503073884csnez1503073884itic@1503073884ecner1503073884efnoc1503073884.

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

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 $229 per night with up to four people per room.  You must book by 5/16 to receive the CCL rate.

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 homepage.

NOTE: To access the forum you’ll need to first join CCL Community.

Are there hostels nearby?

Here are some nearby hostels that offer dormitory style accommodations. Rates vary from $26-40 a night.

Downtown DC Hostel

Washington International Student Center

DC Lofty LLC


Hostelling International

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 19-20. However, we will have more citizen lobbyists than Congress can handle (900) on Lobby Day June 21, so register to lobby 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.

Lobbyists will have about 3 meetings this year on Tuesday.

Who will schedule the lobby meetings in DC?

Designated CCL ‘Congressional Liaison’ Volunteers (or designated CCL volunteers or interns) will make appointments with Congressional offices.

How are volunteers lobby schedules created?

All lobby schedules are coordinated at the CCL office with a software program that prioritizes placing constituents and existing liaisons in their district meeting when possible.

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. Each Senate meeting will consist of about 5-7 people, and each House meeting will consist of about 4-6 people.

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, notify the Meeting Lead.

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 and Group Start Workshop, should I attend the session on Sunday morning?

All Lobby Day participants must have Climate Advocate Training and Group Start Workshop. If you have not participated in this training before the 2016 Conference, we request that you attend the Climate Advocate Training and Group Start Workshop on Sunday morning, June 19th to be prepared to lobby.

Are we lobbying an extra day (Wednesday, June 22)?

All Lobby Day appointments are being set for Tuesday, June 21.

Conference Agenda

What is the CCL Climate Advocate Training and Group Start Workshop?

The Climate Advocate Training and 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 not participated in this training before the 2016 Conference, we request that you attend the Climate Advocate Training and Group Start Workshop on Sunday morning, June 19th to be prepared to lobby.

What's the difference between the Climate Advocate Training and Group Start Workshop and the training webinars leading up to the conference?

Our lobby training webinars are an outstanding supplement to our Climate Advocate Training and Group Start Workshop. 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 are a Group Leader or Liaison, you should attend the Group Leader/Liaison session, led by Mark Reynolds and Madeleine Para.

If you have never attended CCL’s Climate Advocate Training or Group Start Workshop, you should attend the Climate Advocate Training session, led by Elli Sparks.

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, you should attend the Skills workshops. 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!

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 up to 10% off if, and only if, twenty or more people book through United Airlines. Customers can also earn credits that may be redeemed for rewards including roundtrip travel certificates and seating upgrades.To take advantage of this optional program, interested parties should book travel through United’s Meetings program. Use this offer code: ZWPQ647757 and then proceed as you normally would with booking your trip.

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 #CCL2016 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. 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?

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.


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 next month, you and your group can look like professionals by presenting your own CCL business cards. Follow the instructions from Community Lobbying Resources for creating and ordering your own CCL business cards. Oh, and don’t forget the Thank You cards. You can either print them at home, use a local printer, or order them through CCL’s 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 look like 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!