The CCL December Climate Conference

The CCL December Climate Conference

Going bigger and bolder in the fight for a livable planet

December 3-4, 2022

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Conference Overview

Onward!

Get ready for 2023. The December Climate Conference will get you prepared to jump into action with a new Congress. Learn about CCL’s expanded policy agenda: what the new areas are, why we need them, and how they’ll help us build the bridges we need to pass big solutions like a price on carbon. Leave the conference armed with ideas and materials to breathe new life into your local climate advocacy in the new year.

Attend a Sunday Seminar

Sunday Seminars take attendees deeper into material than the main conference breakouts. Seminars range from 1.5-2.5 hours starting at 1pm ET /10am PT on Sunday, Dec. 4th. See the FAQ below for more details and Seminar choices.

Featured Speakers

Program

Time Zone: EDT/Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Friday, December 2, 2022

Let’s get excited and have a chance to connect with fellow attendees before we kick off the conference. Pick your way to party: we’ll have a dance room, trivia room (there may be some prizes involved!), and a chatting/networking room. Then we’ll review some helpful logistics to get you ready for the conference on Saturday!

Visit participating CCL Action Teams to chat with Team members, learn about their mission and projects. Teams are planning 15 minute rotations, so you can check out three Action Teams during the fair. Find the list of CCL Action Teams on CCL Community: cclusa.org/action-teams.

Conference attendees from the Mountain West Region (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming) are welcome to this virtual social at 7pm MT.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Madeleine Para

Executive Director, CCL/CCE

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Carlos Curbelo

Principal of Vocero LLC and former U.S. Representative (R-FL)

Join Dana Nuccitelli to learn about the science behind CCL’s 2023 policy agenda. How will CCL’s policies help the US get to 50% emissions reductions by 2030 and to net zero by 2050? And what are the legislative opportunities next year? Dana will give an overview of carbon pricing, clean energy permitting reform, building electrification and efficiency, and healthy forests.

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Dana Nuccitelli

Research Coordinator, CCL/CCE

We’ve got a split Congress next year. What does that mean for CCL legislative strategy? Join CCL’s DC team, Ben Pendergrass, VP of Government Affairs and Jenn Tyler, Senior Director of Government Affairs for their take on the Congress makeup, what kind of policies we’ll see coming out of the new Congress, and how climate advocates can keep moving bipartisan climate solutions forward with their Member of Congress.

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Ben Pendergrass

VP of Government Affairs, CCL/CCE

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Jennifer Tyler

Sr. Director of Government Affairs, CCL/CCE

Pick a policy area and go deep. Each session will cover the different types of policies and projects to look out for in 2023 and how to mobilize to push these areas forward nationally and locally. 

Carbon Pricing & Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanisms (CBAMs)

“CBAMs” are more than just a catchy acronym — they’re also the best way to move carbon pricing forward in the next Congress. Shuting Pomerleau from the Niskanen Center and CCL’s Kyle Kammien will talk about how CBAMs can unlock America's manufacturing and competitive edge, and what to say to Congress to build support for these policies.

Clean Energy Permitting Reform

Did you know that without permitting reform, up to 80% of the emissions reductions projected from this year’s Inflation Reduction Act will be unrealized? Join this discussion with Xan Fishman of the Bipartisan Policy Center and CCL’s Ben Pendergrass to learn about permitting reform policies we may see in the lame duck session and in the new Congress. Xan and Ben will also discuss why these policies are critical to accelerate the clean energy transition to meet our climate targets.

Building Electrification and Efficiency

Today, nearly ¾ of America’s buildings use fossil fuels for heating or cooking. How can we upgrade them to be more efficient and to run on electricity? Ari Matusiak, CEO of Rewiring America, and Tony Sirna, CCL VP of Organizational Strategy, discuss how local communities hold the keys to building electrification and efficiency. Ari and Tony will also provide advice on how to encourage local elected officials and residents to take advantage of rebates and incentives for electrification and efficiency.

Healthy Forests

More trees? Yes please. America's forests are special places that are cherished by our communities, and they are already hard at work pulling carbon out of the air. Joel Pannell, VP of Urban Forest Policy for American Forests and CCL’s Jamari Hartley will discuss how we can protect our existing forests and plant new trees to maximize their climate benefits through local engagement, partnerships, and national legislation.

Put CCL’s policy agenda to work for you and your chapter. These policies offer new opportunities for you to engage chapter volunteers, reach the public, and find new partners and allies. CCL staff will cover chapter organization, grasstops engagement, community outreach and tabling materials, and local partnerships.

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Sabrina Butcher

CCL Action and Endorsement Coordinator

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Brett Cease, PhD

CCL Senior Director of Volunteer Education and Engagement

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Elizabeth Dell

CCL Great Lakes Regional Co-Coordinator

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T. Todd Elvins, PhD

CCL National Actions Director

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Solemi Hernandez

CCL Southeast Regional Coordinator

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Giovanna Santo

Group Co-Leader, CCL Broward County Chapter

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Sen. Tina Smith

U.S. Senator, (D-MN)

Rep. Paul Tonko

U.S. House Representative, (D-NY20)

Join us right after the conference keynote ends for a student mixer! If you are a college student, or a middle/high school student, we’d love to meet you. CCL has amazing youth volunteers all across the world who are helping us build political will for climate solutions. Get to know our other young volunteers, have some fun, and build our powerful youth network. 

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Sunday Seminars take attendees deeper into material than the main conference breakouts. Choose one of the four seminars below. Seminars range in length from 1.5-2.5 hours.

Climate Advocate Training (2.5 hours)

This workshop will help newer volunteers (and seasoned volunteers who want a refresher) understand CCL's method and vision and inspire you to find your role so you can hit the ground running. You’ll even have a chance to participate in a mock lobby meeting so you are well prepared for Lobby Week (if you are participating). In this interactive workshop you will: Learn the basics of becoming an effective climate advocate through review of the CCL’s structure, mission, purpose and methodology of creating political will Practice how to appeal to the best in others and build common ground Review CCL's legislative strategy and an initial overview of the climate solutions we support Learn how to build constructive relationships with elected representatives and practice our lobbying methods

Conservative climate action pillars (1.5 hours)

Join ClearPath and ClearPath Action CEO Rich Powell for a comprehensive look at conservative climate action pillars that make the energy sector cleaner and more reliable, while making our economy stronger. Rich will also review messages that resonate with conservatives in order to communicate better and move the conversation forward in your community and with members of Congress.

Inflation Reduction Act details and implementation (2 hours)

In this seminar, CCL Research Coordinator Dana Nuccitelli will review the content of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022, how it can help a variety of different communities, and how it relates to clean energy permitting reform. Then, Dane County, Wisconsin Office of Energy & Climate Change Director Kathy Kuntz will share how states, cities, and other local municipalities can take advantage of the programs in the IRA. Some of these programs include tax credits and rebates, and how the IRA has the potential to transform the efforts of local governments. Be sure to bring your questions!

Diverse Community Building and Retention of Volunteers: Laying the foundations and building a culture that is healthy and inclusive (2 hours)

This workshop will support participants in gaining a deeper understanding of their role in diversity and inclusion efforts and cultivating chapter culture. Participants will also acquire the necessary knowledge and communication tools to actively build and foster diverse, inclusive communities within their chapters and communities at large. This workshop will be led by CCL National Chapter Development Intern Danielle Whyte, CCL Diversity & Inclusion Program Coordinator Patricia Rubio, and CCL Diversity & Inclusion Director Karina Ramírez.

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

Who is invited to attend the CCL December Climate Conference?

Everyone is invited to participate. There are many ways to contribute to the success of CCL’s mission, and we encourage those who are able to join us for this year’s virtual CCL December Climate Conference.

How do I register?

You can register above, or go to our Eventbrite registration page.

Is there a registration fee?

No, this is a free event. If you would like to support our work, including the virtual conference in December, you can make a donation to either Citizens’ Climate Lobby our 501(c)(4) [not tax-deductible] or Citizens’ Climate Education our 501(c)(3) [tax deductible] on our website or make an additional donation to Citizens’ Climate Education our 501(c)(3) [tax deductible] when you complete your registration.

What should I do if I need to cancel?

Although this is a free virtual event and we plan to have space for all, we would like to have an accurate count of attendees. If you need to cancel, contact us as soon as possible by email.

Am I required to attend the conference if I plan to lobby during the fall?

You are not required to attend the conference on December 3-4 in order to lobby, but participating in the conference may help you with your lobbying and outreach efforts. You can find out more about training for the Lobby Days (which are separate from this conference) on the Preparing For December Conference & Lobby Week CCL Community training page.

Does my registration for the conference include the virtual lobby days?

No, it doesn’t include our lobby days. The process for forming lobby teams varies from district to district. Contact your local chapter leader, congressional liaison, or regional or state coordinator to find out the local process and availability of slots on the team, and let them know your interest in participating. All meeting team assignments, meeting plans and practice meetings for this Fall will be handled locally, similar to in-district meetings. Schedules will not be sent out by CCL Headquarters.

Program & Agenda

Where can I find the conference schedule?

We’ll be making updates to the program as we get closer to the virtual conference, so be sure to check back for the most up-to-date agenda. The program will include session titles, descriptions, and speakers. You do not have to sign up for specific sessions (Exception: Climate Advocate Training on Dec. 4th, register here), you can log in to whichever session you choose the day of the conference. Video conferencing information will be made available the day of the conference. You can check back on the program page to find the access information closer to the event date.

What are the Sunday Seminars?

Our Sunday Seminars vary in length from two to two and half hours, taking our volunteers deeper into material than a standard conference breakout. All Seminars begin at 1pm ET/10am PT on Dec. 4th. Attendees can choose one of four topics:

1. Climate Advocate Training Workshop (2.5 hours)

This workshop will help newer volunteers (and seasoned volunteers who want a refresher) understand CCL’s method and vision and inspire you to find your role so you can hit the ground running. You’ll even have a chance to participate in a mock lobby meeting so you are well prepared for Lobby Week (if you are participating). In this interactive workshop you will:

  • Learn the basics of becoming an effective climate advocate through review of the CCL’s structure, mission, purpose and methodology of creating political will
  • Practice how to appeal to the best in others and build common ground
  • Review CCL’s legislative strategy and an initial overview of the climate solutions we support
  • Learn how to build constructive relationships with elected representatives and practice our lobbying methods

2. Inflation Reduction Act details and implementation (2 hours)

In this seminar, CCL Research Coordinator Dana Nuccitelli will review the content of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022, how it can help a variety of different communities, and how it relates to clean energy permitting reform. Then, Dane County, Wisconsin Office of Energy & Climate Change Director Kathy Kuntz will share how states, cities, and other local municipalities can take advantage of the programs in the IRA. Some of these programs include tax credits and rebates, and how the IRA has the potential to transform the efforts of local governments. Be sure to bring your questions!

3. Diverse Community Building and Retention of Volunteers: Laying the foundations and building a culture that is healthy and inclusive (2 hours)

This workshop will support participants in gaining a deeper understanding of their role in diversity and inclusion efforts and cultivating chapter culture. Participants will also acquire the necessary knowledge and communication tools to actively build and foster diverse, inclusive communities within their chapters and communities at large. This workshop will be led by CCL National Chapter Development Intern Danielle Whyte, CCL Diversity & Inclusion Program Coordinator Patricia Rubio, and CCL Diversity & Inclusion Director Karina Ramírez.

4. Conservative climate action pillars (1.5 hours)

Join ClearPath and ClearPath Action CEO Rich Powell for a comprehensive look at conservative climate action pillars that make the energy sector cleaner and more reliable, while making our economy stronger. Rich will also review messages that resonate with conservatives in order to communicate better and move the conversation forward in your community and with members of Congress.

 

Technology

How do I connect to the virtual conference?

We’ll be using Zoom for this conference. For the best experience on Zoom, be sure to update your Zoom app to the latest version. We’ll be sending reminder emails in the week leading up to the conference with more details on how to access each session.

Getting Help in Zoom

If you have any issues connecting to Zoom or experience audio or video problems, visit the Zoom Support Help Center. 

Video conference etiquette & tips:

  • We suggest you use earbuds or headphones rather than your computer speakers & mic for better sound quality and reduced feedback.
  • Please mute your mic when you are not speaking. All conference sessions will mute participants upon entry. 
  • If you have unstable internet, try to turn your video off and close all internet browsers and windows on your computer.
  • Plan to restart your computer before the event begins.

Conference sessions descriptions can be viewed on the conference website (in the program section higher on this page). You can see the session titles, times, descriptions, and speaker names. On the day of the conference, Zoom connection information will be available. We recommend you keep the Program page open in your web browser so you can refer back to it, and easily switch sessions through the conference.

Click the “Join via Zoom” button next to the session you’d like to join. Zoom will open in your web browser, and give you the option to open the meeting in your Zoom Application if you have it downloaded.

Once you are in a meeting, to join a different session, you will have to leave the Zoom meeting you are currently in, and then click another “Join via Zoom” button from the program for the session you want to switch to. 

If you are joining by phone, find your local number to dial: https://citizensclimate.zoom.us/u/adtOOuWWAo, or, U.S. Toll-free 1-877-369-0926 or 1-855-880-1246. Each session’s Zoom Meeting ID will be available in the program section above which you can enter when prompted on the phone.

What if I have technical issues participating virtually?

To improve audio/video quality, close all applications and other browser windows. You can read this support topic to learn how to turn on closed captions. If you have problems connecting, please contact our video and audio conference provider’s support site.

How do I find the video conference login information for each session?

You can check back on this conference website (scroll up on this page) the day of the conference to find the video conference access for each session. 

All conference sessions can be viewed on the conference website at cclusa.org/program. You can see the session titles, times, descriptions, and speaker names. On the day of the conference, Zoom connection information will be available. We recommend you keep the Program page open in your web browser so you can refer back to it, and easily switch sessions through the conference.

Click the Join via Zoom button next to the session you’d like to join. Zoom will open in your web browser, and give you the option to open the meeting in your Zoom Application if you have it downloaded.

During the breakout session time, there will be up to four breakout sessions happening concurrently on separate conference lines. You will have to Leave the Meeting you are currently in to exit one session, and then rejoin the meeting you desire by clicking the Join via Zoom button from the program page for the session you want to switch to.