Climate Change Conferences (Summer 2022)

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1,300+ climate advocates gathered in person and virtually for conference

With time running short in the 117th Congress to enact climate legislation, volunteers with Citizens’ Climate Lobby gathered in person for a conference in Washington, D.C., this June. This in-person event was the organization’s first since the start of the pandemic. We welcomed 527 climate advocates to the conference in person, and 835 more joined sessions streaming online. Read more…

To view recordings of conference programming, visit our YouTube playlist.

 

Featuring Remarks from:

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

U.S. Senator, Rhode Island

Mark Reynolds

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Board Member

Nwandi Lawson

Chief Cultivation Officer, The Virtues Collective

Amanda Ripley

Author of High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, Host of podcast  How To!, Journalist

Wandra Ashley-Williams

Maryland Regional Director, Climate Xchange

Clarence Edwards

Legislative Director, Sustainable Energy and Environment, Friends Committee on National Legislation

Alex Bozmoski

VP of Programs, DEPLOY/US

Alex Flint

Executive Director, Alliance for Market Solutions

Nicole Hammond

CCL State Coordinator for Louisiana

Bill Shireman

President & Founder, Future 500 and Volunteer CEO, In This Together

The Venue

Omni Shoreham hotel

Address

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

Program

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

Saturday, June 11, 2022

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Early Registration

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12:00 PM

Saturday

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Viewing of CCL Monthly National Call

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1:00 – 1:45 PM

Each month, Citizens’ Climate Lobby supporters gather locally for a monthly meeting where we educate ourselves by listening to a guest speaker. During the conference, meet in the Diplomat Room to watch the June call on Zoom. June’s Speaker will be Neil Chatterjee, former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

It isn’t often we have a guest who can cover as much ground on climate and energy as Neil Chatterjee. As the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission during the Trump administration, it was his job to ensure that energy was delivered, reliably and safely, across the U.S. A vocal supporter of carbon pricing, he took a bipartisan approach to forming energy policy. On this month’s call, Neil will share his climate story, why he supports carbon pricing and how we can prepare the grid for the transition to clean energy.

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Dinner on your own

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5:00 – 7:00 PM

Saturday

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Film Screening or Social Time

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6:00 – 8:00 PM

Tune in the screening of the short films: “Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops” followed by a panel discussion with the director and producer of the film. [FILMS WILL BE LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

Or, informally meet with fellow attendees for social time – play games, have discussions, or play music (be sure to bring your instrument).

Sunday,  June 12, 2022

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Registration

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8:00 AM

Opening Remarks & Morning Keynotes [LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

Conference opening, remarks by Madeleine Para and Mark Reynolds, and CCL’s first volunteer keynote address by Nicole Hammond, graduate student in Oceanography and Coastal Science at Louisiana State University, and co-state coordinator for CCL Louisiana. She’ll share her experiences as a scientist and young climate advocate.

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Break

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9:50 – 10:20 AM

Sunday

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Climate Advocate Training Workshop [LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

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10:20 AM – 12:20 PM

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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 Virtual 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 the details of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, Learn how to build constructive relationships with elected representatives and practice our lobbying methods. Led by Brett Cease CCL Education & Engagement Director, and Solemi Hernandez, CCL Southeast Regional Coordinator.

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Group Leader and Liaison Leadership Training

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10:20 AM – 12:20 PM

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Advance your leadership skills and connect with your fellow group leaders and liaisons from around the country to share experiences and lessons learned while developing the capacity of your CCL group and lobbying work in your communities and districts. (Group Leaders, Liaisons, State Coordinators, and Regional Coordinators should attend). Led by Don Addu, CCL Program Director; Madeleine Para, CCL Executive Director; Mark Reynolds, CCL Board Member; Sabrina Fu, CCL Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator; Tamara Staton, CCL Greater Pacific Northwest Regional Coordinator; and Tony Sirna, CCL VP of Organizational Strategy.

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Lunch on your own

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12:20 – 2:00 PM

Sunday

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2:00 – 2:45 PM

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Alex Flint, Executive Director for the Alliance for Market Solutions, and former Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources will share his perspective on the process of budget reconciliation, how a carbon price can fit in, and future opportunities for carbon pricing policy.

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CCL Legislative Strategy and Training [LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

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2:45 – 3:30 PM

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Dr. Danny Richter, CCL VP of Government Affairs will reflect on this Congress and bring us up to speed on any current climate action in Congress. He’ll also share his perspective on the road ahead for carbon fee and dividend and other key climate priorities.

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Break

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3:30 – 4:00 PM

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Dinner on your own

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5:30 – 7:30 PM

Sunday

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Social time

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8:00 PM

Join us and our DJ for some dancing. Cash bar.

Monday, June 13, 2022

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Registration

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8:00 AM

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Monday

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Opening remarks & Keynote [LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

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9:00 – 9:50 AM

Opening remarks with Zaurie Zimmerman, CCL Board Chair & Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, CCE Board Chair

Keynote session: America’s partisan divide has grown so bad that a majority of Republicans and Democrats believe people from the other party are not only ill-informed, but immoral. Speakers Nwandi Lawson and Amanda Ripley are each award-winning communicators. They’ll share their advice for climate advocates on how to approach challenging conversations in an election year.

Amanda Ripley

Journalist, Podcaster

Author, High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out

Nwandi Lawson

Chief Cultivation Officer

The Virtues Collective

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Break

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9:50 – 10:20 AM

Monday

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Keynote Panel Discussion [LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

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10:20 -11:10 AM

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After two years of grassroots organizing during a pandemic, it’s time to share best practices of what’s worked, what didn’t, where to go from here and how to best build coalitions in our communities.

Clarence Edwards

Legislative Director, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Sabrina Fu (moderator)

Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator

Citizens’ Climate Lobby

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Citizens’ Climate International Update [LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

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11:10 -11:35 AM

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Hear from Joe Robertson, Executive Director of Citizens’ Climate International and International Regional Coordinators about climate action around the world, and a look to the roadmap ahead.

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Lunch on your own

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12:00 – 1:30 PM

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Break/transition

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2:30 – 2:45 PM

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3:45 – 4:00 PM

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Break/transition

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5:00 – 5:15 PM

Monday

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Closing Keynote [LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

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5:15-5:45 PM

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With a background in entreupenurship, policy innovation, and conflict mediation, Bill Shireman brings together capitalists, activists, conservatives, progressives, and other unusual bedfellows to overcome challenges that often divide them. Hear from Prof. Shireman on how CCL can bridge conversations, and work across party lines to discuss climate solutions.

Monday

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Reception

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Featuring remarks from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and have the chance to relax and mingle with your fellow conference attendees and CCL staff during a reception with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres (there will be plenty – don’t eat dinner!).

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

Who is invited to attend the June Conference?

Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of your level of experience in CCL. We provide training for all levels of experience on the first day.

What is the COVID-19 guidance for this conference?

Updated May 16, 2022

Based on the latest data on the pandemic, and for the health of our staff and volunteers, we are now requiring conference attendees to wear a mask while inside the hotel. We ask (on the honor system) that you test yourself the morning of the conference before you arrive to be sure you don’t have COVID and encourage testing daily. We also encourage you to be vaccinated and boosted before you come, and to mask while on public transportation as you travel to the conference. 

Additional information:

  • If you test positive for COVID in the days leading up to or at the conference, we ask that you stay home or isolate yourself. We will refund your conference registration fee upon request.
  • Free test kits are available to order for your household. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the venue and CCL will provide KN95 masks (1 per person) at the conference though we encourage you to bring your own masks if possible.
  • We will have a limited supply of free self-tests available for you at the hotel, however we encourage you to bring your own since supplies will be limited.
  • We will not be asking people to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the venue, and trust you to think about the needs of the community. 
  • Please be sensitive to the varying needs of the people around you regarding social distancing and physical contact. The rooms will be set up with round tables rather than auditorium seating to allow for more spacing between people. 
  • Remember that other members of the public will be at the hotel, and currently there are no local government mandates in place. The pandemic remains an evolving situation and it’s possible our guidance will evolve, so please keep an eye out for our communications. We will be streaming portions of the conference for those who cannot attend.

Thank you in advance for being thoughtful and courteous to other attendees. We look forward to seeing you!

How do I register?

Please register at the top of this page or by clicking this link. The registration deadline is May 22.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes, registration fees and deadlines are below. 

  • Conference Registration Early Bird: $129 (closes April 30, 11:59pm ET) 
  • Conference Registration Regular: $179 (starts May 1 – closes May 22, 11:59pm ET)
  • Student/Low income Conference Registration: $30 (closes May 22, 11:59pm ET)
  • Add on Saturday Seminar Registration: $25 (closes May 22, 11:59pm ET)

Are scholarships available?

We have two scholarships available: Conservative (apply here) and Inclusion (apply here). The deadline to apply for a scholarship is May 1, 2022. Scholarships are available to U.S. residents only.

We strive to keep registration fees 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 .

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.

Are meals included in the registration fee?

We will be having a reception the evening of Monday, June 13th which includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. All other meals are on your own. The area is packed with restaurants.

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 “2022 June Conference” in the memo. Your payment must be received by May 22nd.

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 must be received by May 22, otherwise may result in canceled registration.
  2. Both the chaperone or parent/legal guardian and the minor must be registered for the conference.
  3. One chaperone may be responsible for up to six minors. 
  4. 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 .

Is my registration fee transferable?

Registration fees are not transferable.

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 22. Refunds are only available through May 22 (you can still cancel after May 22 but we cannot process your refund).

Is there an option to attend the conference virtually?

There will be some conference sessions that we are live streaming on Zoom Events (check the Program above to see which sessions will be streaming). To register for Zoom Events, you must have at least a free Zoom account and you will be prompted to log in to your Zoom account. If you don’t already have one, please sign up for a free Zoom account before registering. Register for the virtual conference here.

Are walk-in registrations accepted?

Yes, you can walk-in to the conference and register. We can accept credit/debit cards, and personal checks only. Registration prices are $179 for conference registration (includes June 12-13), $30 for student/low income conference registration (includes June 12-13), and $25 to add on a Saturday Seminar (includes June 11).

Program and Agenda

Where can I find the conference schedule?

You can find the conference schedule on this webpage you are currently viewing, scroll up to the “Program” section to find the conference agenda. 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.

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 in June or any future lobbying.

Will there be a lobby day associated with this conference?

CCL is not organizing a national in-person lobby day for this conference the way we have in the past, due to the on-going uncertainties of the times we live in. Instead we are joining with Citizens’ Climate International to hold an international week of action and lobbying after the conference ends. In the United States our local congressional liaisons and group leaders will determine whether the lobbying will be virtual or in-person and will be in charge of putting together the lobby teams, just as they have done throughout the pandemic. Our goal remains to meet with all or nearly all members of Congress during the second half of June. If you wish to be part of a lobbying team this June (either in DC or online), contact your CCL Regional and/or State Coordinator. We cannot guarantee that any particular Congressional meeting will get scheduled or who will be on that team. If you have any questions about lobbying, please contact CCL’s Director of Congressional Liaisons and Lobby Days, Amy Bennett, . Your patience and flexibility is also much appreciated as this is a new way of doing our June lobbying. Note: Since we cannot know how many in-person meetings will actually work out, the conference will end with a closing reception on Monday evening, rather than on Tuesday as has been our tradition.

Lodging & Travel

What are the details on the host hotel?

The host hotel is the Omni Shoreham, located at 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20008. For conference attendees, the rate starts at $299 per night plus tax with up to four people per room. You must book by May 10th 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.

Are there other lodging accommodations nearby?

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

You also might consider renting through Airbnb or Vrbo.

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 -> Sitewide Forums -> General -> Room Share.

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 subway/rail system near the Omni Shoreham 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.

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 a dress code for the conference?

No. You can dress however you feel comfortable.