Conservative Climate Change Conference

Conservative Climate Leadership Conference & Lobby Day

Yes, there's a place for conservative climate action. And this is it.

March 28-29, 2023

Washington, DC

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Conference Overview

Be in the room where conservative climate action happens.

A Republican-controlled House blows the doors wide open for conservative climate action this Congress. Come to the Conservative Climate Leadership Conference in Washington, DC (yes, in person) to connect with right-leaning CCLers, eco-right orgs, and members of Congress to discuss solutions that address climate, the economy, and US competitiveness. You’ll become an expert on the conservative merits of CCL’s policy agenda and be ready to talk to House Representatives and Senators on day two, our lobby day on the Hill. 

Registration is now closed. Check out our other upcoming conferences, including the June Conference.

Featured Speakers


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Holiday Inn - Washington Capitol 550 C Street SW, Washington DC, 20024 (202) 479-4000

Our room block is now closed and the Holiday Inn is currently sold out. See the FAQs below for other lodging options.


Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Madeleine Para

CCL Executive Director

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Rep. John Curtis

US House of Representatives UT-03

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Luke Bolar

Chief External Affairs Officer, ClearPath

Panelists will explore the present state of the eco-right movement, the successes its had as well as the challenges it faces, and their predictions for climate legislation in a split Congress.

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Chris Barnard

VP of External Affairs, American Conservation Coalition (ACC)

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Sander Eizen

Research Manager, Purple Strategies

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Kodiak Hill-Davis

VP of Government Affairs, Niskanen Center

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Nate Abercrombie

Conservative Outreach Coordinator, CCL

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Rep. Randy Weber

US House of Representatives (TX-14)

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Rep. Jen Kiggans

US House of Representatives (VA-02)

Explore different table topics led by CCL staff and volunteers to learn how to build on grassroots skills like: Crafting messages that resonate, Discovering your role and building a team, Exploring local impacts & action, Finding your “why”, Impactful tabling ideas, Leveraging CCL materials for outreach, Print media best practices, Student outreach tips, Telling your climate story,  and Using social media

How is the hunting and fishing industry impacted by a changing climate? Join panelists from outdoor and conservation organizations to discuss the impact on the business and the animals themselves, what federal policies can help, and how to communicate on these issues with other conservatives.

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Rich Harper

Director of Government Affairs, Outdoor Industry Association

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Tiffany Turner

Director of Climate Solutions, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

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Drew Eyerly

Conservative Outreach Director, CCL

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Neil Chatterjee

Former Commissioner and Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

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Ben Pendergrass

VP of Government Affairs, CCL

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Jennifer Tyler

Senior Director of Government Affairs, CCL

Snacks and cash bar.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Craig Preston

CCL Conservative Caucus Chair

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Kesten Bozinovic

Legislative & Constituent Engagement Manager, CCL

Refer to your personal lobby meeting schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is invited to attend the Conservative Climate Leadership Conference & Lobby Day?

This conference is designed for politically right-leaning attendees. If you are not right leaning, please refrain from applying to attend. Check out our other conferences and events coming up this year.

How do I register?

Registration is now closed. Check out our other upcoming conferences, including the June Conference.

Those interested in attending the conference & lobby day must submit an application to attend the conference. Your application will be reviewed by CCL staff and you will receive an email with your acceptance with a registration link. Please register as soon as you receive your registration link. If you are rejected, please check out our other conferences and events coming up this year.

Application deadlines:

March 10, 2023 if you wish to attend the conference and lobby (limited lobby spots are available)

March 14, 2023 if you wish to attend the conference only (no lobbying)

Is there a registration fee?

Yes, regular registration is $80, student registration is $15. We also have a Friend of the Conference ticket for $200 to help contribute to conference costs. Scholarships are available. You can request a scholarship during your application, or email if you need assistance. The deadline to request a scholarship is March 14, 2023.

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 March 29. Refunds are only available through March 29 (you can still cancel after March 29 but we cannot process your refund).

Are meals included in the registration fee?

We will serve lunch on March 28th, and have a post lobby day reception the evening of March 29th which includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres. All other meals are on your own.

Is my registration fee transferable?

Registration fees are not transferable.

May I pay by check?

Yes. When you register and 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 “2023 Conservative Conference” in the memo. Your payment must be received by March 21, 2023.

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

Can minors (those under 18 years old) attend the conference?

Yes! CCL believes in empowering young voices. Please note that conference attendees 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 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 March 13 may result in canceled registration.
  2. Both the chaperone or parent/legal guardian and the minor must be registered for the conference.
  3. Minors attending with a chaperone must register and have permission slips completed by March 13 .

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 at .

Program & Agenda

Where can I find the conference schedule?

We’ll be making updates to the program as we get closer to the conference, so be sure to check back for the most up-to-date agenda. You’ll find the conference schedule on this webpage you are currently viewing, scroll up to the “Program” section to find the conference agenda.

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, and when we are initiating a brand new group in a new area. If you’re new to CCL or you have never attended this training before we strongly encourage you to attend it in person at the conference, or you can sign up for a virtual version of the workshop here. This training is required to lobby with CCL. Plan to complete this training before arriving to the conference in order to lobby.


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

We are aiming to meet with about 35 Republican Congressional offices selected by CCL’s government affairs team for this year’s Conservative Lobby Day. 

How many lobby meetings will I have? How many volunteers will be on the lobby teams?

We estimate each citizen lobbyist to have 1-2 meetings. You will be placed on a lobby team of five to six people and likely stick together as a team for all of your meetings.

What is the process for creating lobby teams?

At least one constituent is required for each lobby meeting. We will do our best to put constituents in their congressperson’s meeting. We estimate each citizen lobbyist to have 1-2 meetings. You will be placed on a lobby team and likely stick together for all of your meetings. Given attendees from around the country, lobby teams will have a mix of constituents and non-constituents.

When will I be notified of the lobby team I am on?

Once you apply to attend the conference and are accepted, you will be given a link to register. Please register as soon as possible. Lobby day registration closes March 13th, 11:59pm ET sharp, no exceptions. This gives the CCL staff time to assemble the lobby teams from available lobbyists, appoint a team lead, and notify you the week of March 20th of your team members.

Who makes the appointments for this lobby day?

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 March 13. Send an email to if you need assistance.  The name of the parent or guardian that is accompanying the minor must be provided. Minors will be scheduled to lobby with their parent/guardian/chaperone. There is a limit of one minor per chaperone.

Whom should I contact with my scheduling questions?

Our goal is to schedule all lobby meetings for the afternoon of March 29th, starting anywhere from 12pm – 4pm ET. All citizen lobbyists are expected to be available for that time frame. If you have any questions about the appointment or this process, please email .

How do I prepare 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 training.  

We ask the leader for each lobby team to contact the team members as soon as possible 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 for your team will be emailed to you on March 20th. Teams should plan to communicate prior to arriving in DC, and you will have time during the conference to meet as a team and plan.

Will lobby teams have time to prepare for their lobby meeting during the conference?

There will be designated time on March 29th for teams to meet and plan, but teams are encouraged to communicate once you receive your schedule. Teams can also meet at the conference during breaks or mealtimes, or on the lobby day itself.

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.

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 assigned to. Consult for advice if you think it is imperative that you be in a certain meeting. 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 is part of a lobby team. 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. That might mean, dress pants & jacket, shirt, tie, or 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 comfy shoes to change into 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!

Casual or business casual attire is just fine for the conference itself on March 28th.

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

We recommend checking your bags at the front desk of your hotel if you plan to leave DC on Wednesday 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 Bounce.

We strongly recommend NOT to take 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.

Lodging & Travel

What are the details on the host hotel?

The host hotel is the Holiday Inn – Washington Capitol, 550 C Street, SW Washington DC, 20024. For conference attendees, the rate starts at $249 plus 14.95% tax per night. You must book by 2/24/23 to receive the CCL rate. Call the hotel to book 1-877-834-3613 and use Group Code: CC6 or visit our Booking Link: Citizens’ Climate Lobby to make your reservation. Please note, when you click the link to book, it will automatically be set for a 2-night stay from 3/27 – 3/30. If you’d like to change those dates, click ‘Change Search’ at the top right first, enter their details (the code will still be applied) and then select your room. 

Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis and fill up quickly, we suggest you make your reservation early.

What are the other nearby hotels?

Here are hotels in close proximity to the Holiday Inn – Washington Capitol:

Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall

Citizen M

Marriott Residence Inn Washington DC Capitol

You also might consider renting through Airbnb or Vrbo.

Is there parking at the Hotel?

Parking is available for $53.10 per day for overnight parking.

What is the dress code for the conference?

Casual or business casual attire is just fine for the conference on March 28th. If participating in lobby day on March 29th, we suggest business attire. That might mean, dress pants & jacket, shirt, tie, or 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 comfy shoes to change into 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!

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.

Is there a subway/rail system in Washington, DC?

Yes, DC’s rail service is called Metro. Check out this DC Metro Trip Planner for additional information on how to commute from your arrival airport or train station.