Congressional Education Day

Moving Congress Forward

Join hundreds of climate advocates on November 13-14 for the 4th Annual Citizens’ Climate Congressional Education Day in Washington, DC.

This two-day event will consist of a day of training followed by a day on Capitol Hill.

This year marks Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s 10th Anniversary, and we’re excited to be celebrating by having a gala as our post-lobby day reception. We hope you’ll join us in remembering the memories and successes of the past ten years and gearing up for what the future will bring!

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The Venue

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Address

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

Phone: (202) 234-0700

Rooms rates are $219 per night, up to 4 people per room. Click the button below and book by 10/13 to receive this rate.

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Schedule of Events


Lobby Day FAQs

Registration Questions

Who is invited to attend Congressional Education Day?

Everyone is invited to participate, keeping in mind that there are lots of ways to contribute to the success of CCL’s mission. Attending Congressional Education Day is just one of those many ways. Please only consider attending if you think this will be personally rewarding and not overly burdensome for you to do so.

How do I register?

Register for the Congressional Education Day. Payments can be made online with a credit card. If you wish to pay by check, please contact us.

Is there a registraton fee?

Yes, there’s a $79 fee for regular registration, and $39 fee for student registration.

Are meals included in the registration fee?

All meals will be on your own. The area is packed with restaurants.

Is my registration fee transferable or refundable?

Registration fees are not transferable but we are happy to provide a refund. Please contact us by email or by phone: 619-437-7142.

May I pay by check?

Yes! To pay by check, click “Have an offer code?” on the checkout page (after Sept 9) and then type the word “check” in the box, click the check mark and continue completing the registration form. Then mail your check, made payable to Citizens’ Climate Education, to our office at 1330 Orange Ave, #309, Coronado, CA 92118.

Your payment must be received by October 27th, if you have registered to lobby.

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

No, unfortunately we are not able to offer any scholarships for our Congressional Education Day. We encourage you instead to plan to attend the June Conference & Lobby Day. You also might check with your Group Leader or chapter members about ideas to fundraise to attend Conferences and Lobby Days. Some volunteers have donated hotel or airline points to help other volunteers reduce their costs. You might also check out these fundraising resources on CCL Community. We are happy to waive your registration fee if you contact us.

What if I'm under 18?

To attend the conference and to lobby, attendees under the age of 18 must submit a signed parents’ permission form by October 27th. (Send an email to Susan Higgins at gro.e1506100053tamil1506100053csnez1506100053itic@1506100053nasus1506100053 for a permission form). The name of the parent or guardian that is accompanying the minor must be provided.

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.

About how many meetings will I have?

We anticipate that each person will have 3 meetings. This is subject to change, of course, depending on how many offices we schedule appointments with and the timing of those meetings.

How many volunteers will be on the lobbying teams?

We anticipate 4-6 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 will schedule the 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.e1506100053tamil1506100053csnez1506100053itic@1506100053yma1506100053.

How are volunteers 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 that 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 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.

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.

How are lobby schedules created for minors?

Minors will be scheduled to lobby with their parent or guardian.

Will my Lobby Meeting Team have time to meet and prepare?

Participants will receive their Lobbying Schedule a few days before the Lobby Day takes place. There is no specified time set aside for planning meetings for Lobby Day, because we have quite a bit of information to cover on Monday, November 13, that will help everyone be better prepared to lobby.

We recommend considering these options for meeting with your lobby team if that is important to you:

  • Schedule and hold a conference call with your team before traveling to DC.
  • If you are arriving early on Sunday for pre-registration and the viewing of “Chasing Coral” you can meet Sunday.
  • There are meal breaks for lunch and dinner on Monday where teams are free to arrange to meet and plan.
  • Because you are likely to only have 3 meetings on Tuesday, you can meet in one of the cafeterias between meetings to prepare for your next meeting.

How many members of Congress will we meet with?

Last year we met with just under 300 offices for our November Congressional Education Day. We hope to surpass that number this year! There are particular offices we are especially interested in meeting with (e.g. House Committee on Ways and Means, Senate Committee on Finance, Energy & Commerce, Energy & Natural Resources, and Environment & Public Works, and the House and Senate leadership).

What should a citizen lobbyist wear?

While the educational part of Congressional Education Day on Monday is not formal (casual or business casual attire is just fine), we suggest business attire for those participating in Lobby Day on Tuesday, Nov. 14th. 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 mean 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!

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

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. Tiburon pricing and policies. 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 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 go and meet 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 on CCL Community for creating and ordering your own CCL business cards. Also, don’t forget the thank you cards.

You can either print your cards at home, use a local printer, or order them through CCL’s signs.com store.

Program and Agenda

How is Congressional Education Day different from the June Conference?

Our June International Conference is, as many of our volunteers have put it, a “life-changing event!” While we hope that the Congressional Education Day will be equally rewarding to our volunteers, it is a much more fast-paced and condensed training session that is designed to get us out of our comfort zones to become even better climate advocates. We strive to focus more on our skills and techniques at the November event, whereas the June International Conference is for a much broader audience interested in learning the CCL basics and gathering information on a broad range of topics related to climate change.

What is the CCL Climate Advocate Training?

The Climate Advocate Training 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 I've never attended CCL’s Climate Advocate Training (CAT, aka Group Start Workshop), should I attend the session on Monday morning?

All Lobby Day participants are required to participate in the CCL Climate Advocate Training prior to lobbying. If you have not participated in an in-person CAT workshop before the 2017 Congressional Education Day, plan to attend the training led by Elli Sparks and Brett Cease at 9:30 AM on Monday, November 13th. If you have attended the Online Climate Advocate Training, we ask that you attend the final 45 minutes of the CAT workshop for Congressional Education Day to participate in a live lobbying role play practice.

What's the difference between the Climate Advocate Training/Group Start Workshop and the CCU training webinars leading up to the Congressional Education Day?

All Lobby Day participants are required to have participated in the Climate Advocate Training (CAT) prior to lobbying. The CCU training webinars are optional but strongly recommended. Our lobby training webinars are an outstanding supplement to our CAT. They focus on how to have effective lobby meetings with Congress. These webinars are offered live through Citizens’ Climate University and will also be available as a recording or podcast.

The Citizens’ Climate University Training Schedule

All lessons start at 8:00 PM ET. Join instructions.

  • 10/26 – Preparing for Lobbying in Congressional Education Day with Mark Reynolds & Madeleine Para
  • 11/2 – CCL’s 2017 June Meeting Analysis with Danny Richter
  • 11/9 – Logistics Review for Congressional Education Day with Ashley Hunt-Martarano, Adeline DeYoung

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

  • If you have not completed Climate Advocate Training (either at a Regional Conference, International Conference, November Congressional Education Day, or during your Group Start), you should attend this workshop on Monday morning.
  • If you have attended the Online Climate Advocate Training, we ask that you attend the final 45 minutes of the CAT workshop for Congressional Education Day to participate in a live lobbying role-play practice.
  • If you are a State or Regional Coordinator, please attend the State and Regional Coordinator workshop.
  • If you do not fit into either of the above categories, the Climate Messaging Workshop is for you! Stay tuned for more details on the specifics of this workshop!

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 $219 per night with up to four people per room. You must book by 10/13 to receive the discounted CCL rate. Reserve a room!

How can I find a roommate?

In order to facilitate the coordination of searching for roommates we’ve created a forum on CCL Community. NOTE: To access the forum you’ll need to have a Community account and be logged in.

Are there hostels nearby?

Nearby hostels, offering dorm style accommodations, rates vary between $26-40 a night.

You also might consider renting through Airbnb.

 

Travel Questions

How long will it take to get from 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 host hotel.   DC Metro’s Trip Planner.

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 are links to the three nearby airports, with some options:

How do you get from Union Station to the Omni Shoreham 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 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, DC 20008.

Is there parking at the Omni Shoreham Hotel?

Valet parking is available at the hotel at the rate of $49/day. Self-parking is not available.

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