2018 Northern California Regional Conference

Jan 20
Hosted by:Citizens' Climate Educati...
January 20, 2018 at 9:00am to
January 21, 2018 at 12:30pm
Menlo-Atherton High School map 555 Middlefield Rd Atherton, CA 94027

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2018 Northern California Regional Conference
Citizens' Climate Lobby

Please join us on Saturday and Sunday, January 20th and 21st at
Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton



Citizens' Climate Lobby's Northern California Regional Conference will include lobby training and workshops hosted by CCL national's staff. Our Program will start on Saturday to include keynote speakers, lunch, and afternoon breakouts. On Sunday, the program will include a panel of staffers for elected officials. See below for the full agenda.


Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Rd, Atherton, CA 94027

** Important Note ** This address is in Atherton (it is not 555 Middlefield located in Menlo Park) 

If arriving by car, please park in the student lot.  Enter the lot on Ringwood Ave.

Campus map located here.  When you arrive, come to the cafeteria or the theater.

What to bring?

Please bring a jacket!  If you are staying for the Networking and Social Hour on Saturday evening, please bring a non-alcoholic beverage to share!  Also, please be sure to bring a water bottle and a mug if you drink coffee.  We encourage bringing napkins, plates, and silverware too!


Everyone is welcome, whether it's your first CCL experience or you're an experienced volunteer. You are welcome no matter where you're from.


The Conference is scheduled for Saturday, January 20th from 9:00am to 6:00pm (followed by a social hour) and Sunday, January 21st from 9:00am to 12:30p.  Check-in (picking up your nametag) begins on Saturday at 8:15am.  Please plan to arrive early Saturday morning, as the program will start promptly at 9:00am. 


To network with fellow CCL volunteers while you develop your lobbying and advocacy skills. In Mark Reynolds’ words, “Our advanced lobbying training focuses on the human element of working with people: creating opportunities from obstacles, listening, building rapport, and not being limited by one’s predisposed view of other people or their predisposed view of you.” That kind of training will prove valuable in all aspects of your life…not just in your work with CCL.

How much?

Regular conference registration is $80. College/University students and under 25 years old registration is $10. High school student registration is free.

If you would like to register by check, please use the offer code "check" when you register and mail your payment to: Citizens' Climate Education, 1330 Orange Ave #309, Coronado, CA 92118. Please put "2018 NorCal Regional Conference" in the memo.

If the cost is a problem for you, we have scholarships available. To apply, contact Tasha.

Please consider an additional donation to help more people attend our conference!

You can make an additional donation when you register which will go toward our scholarship fund. Your donation helps us keep our registration fees low and provide student rates. Also, if you live nearby, please consider offering lodging to participants from out of town (please see the Lodging section below).


There will be a morning snack and coffee both mornings.  A vegan lunch will be served on Saturday (plus gluten free options).


Here are a few hotel options nearby:

     Hotel Lucent, 727 El Camino Real, Menlo Park  hotellucent.com

     Menlo Park Inn, 1315 El Camino Real, Menlo Park   www.menloparkinn.com

     Red Cottage Inn & Suites, 1704 El Camino Real, Menlo Park   www.redcottageinn.com

For those who need it, we will work to find lodging accomodations in the homes of local CCL volunteers.  If you live nearby and can offer someone a place to stay, please let us know. 

For housing offers and requests, please contact Edgar Ross or at 831-440-9251 (be sure to leave a call-back number in the message).  When emailing, please write "NCRC" at the begining of the subject line.  Please inclue name, phone, and where you are coming from (for requests) or where you are offering a room (for offers).  Be specific with your needs or what you can offer (number of people, number of beds, pets/allergies, etc).  


The Menlo Park Caltrain Station is less than a mile from the high school, about a 10 minute walk.  If there is demand, we will set up a shuttle from the train station to the school.  There is free parking at the school. 

Here is a usefull site for arranging carpools: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/brkc47

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Tasha.

Weekend at a Glance, Saturday

Saturday January 20

8:15am - 8:45am

Registration and morning snack

9:00am - 10:00am

Welcome and kick-off, Mark Reynolds and Emcee

10:00am - 10:45am

Keynote: Rep Anna Eshoo, CA18 (30m talk, 15m Q&A)

10:45am - 11:15


11:15am - 12:00pm

Keynote: Tom Stephenson, Climate Leadership Council

12:00pm - 12:30pm

"State of the State" and a message from CCL staff

12:30pm - 1:30pm


1:30pm - 3:30pm

Breakouts Round 1 - Workshops (2hrs)

3:30pm - 4:00pm


4:00pm - 4:40pm

Breakouts Round 2 (40 min)

4:50pm - 5:30pm

Breakouts Round 3 (40 min)

5:40pm - 6:00pm

Report back

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Networking and social hour

Weekend at a Glance, Sunday

Sunday January 21

8:15am - 8:45am

Morning snack

9:00am - 9:45am

Welcome Day 2 and Q&A with Mark Reynolds

9:45am - 10:45am

Panel on garnering local support for climate solutions

10:45am - 11:15am


11:15am - 11:45am

Conservative Caucus and Progressive Outreach

11:45a - 12:30pm

Closing session with Mark Reynolds


Breakouts Round 1 - 2hr Workshops - Sat 1:30p to 3:30p

Saturday January 20, 1:30p to 3:30p

1:30p – 3:30p

Climate Advocacy Training (CAT): Stuart Collins and Mary Selkirk
     If you are new to CCL, this is for you!!  Introduces CCL values, methods, and our Carbon Fee & Dividend proposal

1:30p – 3:30p

Group Leaders and Liaisons: Mark Reynolds    
     This is for current Group Leaders and Liaisons

1:30p – 3:30p

Grasstops: Bruce Hagen, Steve Hams, Harold Hedelman
Build partnerships with community leaders and non-governmental organizations

1:30p – 2:25p
Room B1

Grassroots 1: Jennifer Wood and Diana Russell
    Recruit and educate the public on climate solutions, citizen advocacy, and participation in one’s government.

2:30p – 3:30p
Room B1

Grassroots 2:  Jennifer Wood and Diana Russell
     Recruit and educate the public on climate solutions, citizen advocacy, and participation in one’s government.

1:30p – 2:25p
Room B2

Media Traditional: Charlotte Ward and Robert Mullins
Maximze traditional media opportunities with a focus on writing press releases and radio/TV interviews.

2:30p – 3:30p
Room B2

Media Social: Sydney West and Jody Strait
Beyond print, place stories in all forms of media.


Breakouts Round 2 - 40 min - Sat 4:00p to 4:40p

Breakouts Saturday 4:00p – 4:40p

The Nuts and Bolts of Getting LTEs and Op-eds Published—View from the Editor’s Desk: Barbara Marshman, Editorial Page Editor, The Mercury News

The Mercury News is the largest circulation newspaper in Northern California.  Ms. Marshman will make brief remarks and allow most of the time for questions from the audience.


Giving Effective Presentations About Climate Change:  Dr. Andrew Gunther

Helpful guidelines for giving presentations to audiences about climate change, including tips for capturing interest, framing the narrative, using powerpoint effectively and much more.


The Dividend: New Perspectives on Its Value: Peter Barnes and Marti Roach 

Peter Barnes, author, journalist and activist, in conversation with Marti Roach about the dividend, new appreciations of its potential role and its value to society and other places the dividend discussion is occuring.  Also, new information on how people who receive a dividend view it.


Bending the Emissions Curve:  Peter Joseph, MD

A lively slide presentation showing updated science and why a carbon fee, dividend and border carbon duty are the essential ingredients for a comprehensive solution. Videos of the experts (Musk, Mankiw, Tillerson) explain why.

Room B1

Schools for Climate Action;  Park, Kai, and Lola Guthrie plus additional members of the SCA team.

Learn how our campaign,  designed to support teams of parents, students, teachers, and community members in local school districts, empowers school boards to speak up for climate action to protect current and future students.

Room B2

Build Your Own Breakout

Room B3

Breakouts Round 3 - 40 min - Sat 4:50p to 5:30p

Breakouts Saturday 4:50-p – 5:30p

Climate Attribution:  Dr. Katharine Mach, Stanford University

Adding an arrow to your climate communications quiver:  How to attribute weather-related events in Northern California and elsewhere with what science is telling us about effects of global warming.  General climate science Q&A.


Climate and Health:  Cynthia Mahoney

Health impacts of climate change are increasingly recognized, as are the hidden health costs of fossil fuels.  Health values and consequences are a good way to connect on climate; both for deniers, and to activate the concerned but inactive. There are simple messages that CCLers can share to get this across.


Understanding Climate Restoration:  Peter Fiekowsky and Harold Hedelman

How can climate restoration strategies interact with putting a price on carbon to ensure for our children the same climate that we inherited from our parents?  This  panel will address technologies being developed to remove GHG from the atmosphere and explain some of the terms used when discussing climate restoration.


NorCal Regional CCL Special Teams:  Jennifer Wood  

Are you in a Democratic Congressional District and want to help chapters in Republican Congressional Districts?  Do you have ideas about how to help streamline basic chapter development activities across chapters? Are you willing to expand your comfort zone and become part of the NorCal Regional Leadership Team? Join this breakout session to build regional readiness for a carbon fee and dividend bill in 2018. We will identify team leads and an organizational structure for immediate action.

Room B1

Labor Outreach:  Dave Massen

How to identify, make contact, and communicate with labor unions, who are important Democratic Party constituents and potential barriers to revenue neutrality for Democrats.  Objectives: unions appreciate global warming threat; unions understand CFD and its bipartisan goal; unions support or don't oppose it, or understand what amendments could meet their needs.

Room B2

Mental Health for Climate Activists:  Dr. Robin Cooper

An interactive conversation on  "best practices"  as well as tips for long term sustained emotional health and vitality as we manage  "pre-traumatic" climate anxiety and the emotional toll of long term climate activism.

Room B3


Sunday morning panel discussion, Sunday 9:45a - 10:45a

Sunday January 21, 9:45a – 10:45a Panel

Panel on garnering local support for CF&D and the Climate Solutions Caucus

Bruce Hagen (moderator)

Chris Moylan, District Director, Congressman Ro Khanna

Leslie Alden, Aide to Supervisor Kathrin Sears, Southern Marin - 3rd District, County of Marin

Dave Pine, San Mateo County Supervisor, District 1



Speaker Bios

Speaker Bios

Stuart Collins

Stuart lives and works in San Francisco and has participated with CCL for 4 years.  He has met with the offices of over a dozen elected representatives and co-founded of the Climate Reality Bay Area Chapter.

Mark Reynolds

Executive Director Mark Reynolds’ tenure at Citizens’ Climate Lobby has been marked by exceptionally rapid growth, with the organization doubling or tripling in size every year.  As a globally-recognized expert on helping disparate interests find common ground on energy, public policy, and the environment, Mark has appeared before the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, AREday, and Power Shift.

Representative Anna Eshoo

Like the Silicon Valley region she represents, Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo exemplifies innovation. She’s creative, boundary breaking and productive. She is a problem solver and a consensus builder. In Rep. Eshoo’s two decades in Congress, she has defended consumers, promoted American competitiveness and innovation, fought for access to health care for families and children, protected the environment, and encouraged development of clean energy technology.

Tom Stephenson

Mr. Stephenson is a founding member of the Climate Leadership Council.  He served a 19 month stint as the United States Ambassador to Portugal, 14 months at the end of the Bush ‘43 Administration and then for the first 5 months of the Obama Administration.

Barbara Marshman

Barbara Marshman has been an editorial writer for 30 years with the Mercury News, and the Editorial Pages Editor for the last 10 years.  The Mercury News has the largest circulation of any newspaper in Northern California and the fifth largest daily circulation of any newspaper in the U.S., more than half a million copies.  Ms. Marshman will spend her entire time answering questions submitted by CCL members, some in advance but also from conference participants.”

Katharine Mach

Dr. Katharine Mach is Director of the Stanford Environment Assessment Facility, whose mission is innovating and evaluating new approaches for assessment, risks and response options.  She was a major contributor to IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and its Special Report on Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.

Andrew Gunther

Dr. Gunther received his Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987, and has worked at the intersection of environmental science and policy since 1979. He served as Assistant Chief Scientist for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Program, and for the last 6 years served as the Executive Coordinator of the Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium. He is working with a broad array of organizations to help prepare our region for a changing climate.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a scientific advisor to the Alliance for Climate Education and Interfaith Power & Light.

Peter Barnes

Peter Barnes is a writer and entrepreneur whose work has focused on fixing the deep flaws of capitalism.  He has written numerous books and articles and co-founded several socially responsible businesses, including Credo Mobile.  His 2001 book, Who Owns The Sky?, introduced the concept of climate dividends, based on the premise that the atmosphere is a commons that belongs to everyone equally.  His 2014 book, With Liberty And Dividends For All, argues that dividends from common wealth are essential in the 21st century if we want to sustain a large middle class.

Diana Russell

Diana Russell is co-founder of Silicon Valley North Chapter. RN member of CCL Health Team and major contributor to Health Team Toolkit to seek support from hospitals and healthcare systems

Peter Joseph

Peter G. Joseph, M.D.: Citizens' Climate Lobby, group leader, Marin County, CA chapter. Liaison to Sen. Boxer and Rep. Huffman (CA02). Trainee, The Climate Reality Project, 2007, former Climate Reality district manager for N. Ca. Retired Emergency Physician and department chair, Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley, CA. 1982-2011. University of Michigan Medical Center, 1970-1977, Internal Medicine board certification. Columbia College, B.A., Biology, 1970. Co-author of prior CoLab carbon pricing proposals, winners of the 2014 and 2015 popular choice awards. Observer at COP21.

Cynthia Mahoney

Cynthia Mahoney is a physician educator. She holds the title of Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford (ret).  She's been involved in climate issues since 2005, now focusing on educating people, health practitioners and policymakers about the critical connection between climate and human health.  Dr Mahoney serves as an Advocate for The Medical Societies Consortium on Climate and Health as well as a member of the Climate and Health Team of Citizens Climate Lobby.

Dave Massen

Dave Massen is an eight-year CCL volunteer and coordinates the San Francisco chapter. He also co-founded CCL's Labor Outreach Action Team, with Harry Chomsky and Joy Lonnes, in 2015.

Robin Cooper

Robin Cooper has been an active member of the San Francisco CCL group for over 6 years and contributor to Northern California Regional activities.  As a physician she has been active with the Health Team and as one of the few psychiatrists has devoted attention to the mental health and psychiatric impacts of climate change.  She is a founding member and on the steering committee of Climate Psychiatry Alliance, a group of psychiatrists throughout the US dedicated to both public and professional education and advocacy on the interface of psychiatry and climate change.  During the workshop, she will present a framework to understand the psychological issues that confront climate activists.

Bruce Hagen

Bruce is program management professional whose energy and environment policy work goes back to Earth Day 1.  Along the way, his work has included the California Coastal Commission and Nuclear Safeguards initiatives; energy legislative analysis in the US Senate (Bob Packwood, R-OR) for the first federal solar tax credits; both the early and recent days of PG&E’s demand side management program; and four years at Petaluma’s Enphase Energy.  He’s written 250 newspaper columns for the Petaluma Argus Courier on building sustainable community.  For the past 5 years, Bruce has volunteered for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, as Sonoma County Chapter Co-Chair and in addition to his full-time role with Business Climate Leaders.

David Cain

David Cain is co-lead of CCL's Presenter Action Team.  He has been a member of Citizens Climate Lobby for four years.

Robert Mullins

Robert Mullins, of San Jose, is a marketing writer who has been a member of Citizens Climate Lobby for more than four years. He's the Tabling Coordinator for the Silicon Valley-North Chapter.

Park Guthrie

Park, Kai, and Lola Guthrie helped start the Schools for Climate Action campaign in July of 2017.  Park Guthrie has been an educator (classroom, outdoor, and garden) for 20+ years and currently teaches 6th grade at Salmon Creek Charter School in Occidental, California. He has been a CCL member since 2014.Kai Guthrie (14) is a 9th grader at CREDO High School in Rohnert Park and is the student representative on the Community Advisory Committee of Sonoma Clean Power. He has been a CCL member since 2015. Lola Guthrie (13) is a homeschooler in Sebastopol. She has been a CCL member since 2015.


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