2016 Great Lakes Regional Conference

Oct 14
Hosted by:Citizens' Climate Educati...
October 14, 2016 at 7:00pm to
October 16, 2016 at 1:00pm
Cedar Lake Ministries map 13701 Lauerman St. Cedar Lake, IN, IN 46303

Event Details

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Registration deadline is September 27, 2016


Road Map to the Promise

At the start of the CCL/CCE 2016 International Conference in June, Mark Reynolds stood in front of hundreds of CCL volunteers and made this promise:
"By the end of 2017, we will have Congress pass a bill that places a fee on carbon and returns the revenue to households."
CCL volunteers have embraced this promise as the sense of urgency and opportunity grows. With the elections approaching, and our new Congress being sworn in on January 17, 2017, now is the time to study the road map to that promise and prepare for the journey. Like most journeys worth taking, it will be full of new experiences, bumps in the road, as well as twists and turns. And like most journeys, the better prepared you are, the clearer your understanding of the map is, the greater the opportunity to meet your expectations. 
Please join us for a weekend full of learning experiences suited for all volunteers, from veterans to first timers. Get to know your fellow volunteers and create wonderful memories while recharging that climate advocate energy! 
Topics include:
  • Climate change impacts on the Great Lakes region.
  • Carbon fee and dividend policy introduction as well as the nitty gritty details. 
  • Building political will through grassroots and grasstops alliances. 
  • Road map to passing carbon fee and dividend.
  • Sessions to improve your depth of knowledge on climate change impacts and your ability to communicate with others about it.
Our new venue, Cedar Lakes Ministries, offers comfortable lodging, delicious food (read the reviews), and a scenic setting on Cedar Lake amidst the fall colors. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Keynote Presentation - Effects of Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region



David Karowe
Professor of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University


David Karowe, a Professor of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University received his B.S. in Biology from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Karowe teaches courses about the causes and consequences of climate change, conducts research on the effects of rising atmospheric CO2 on plants and higher levels in the food chain, and directs undergraduate and doctoral research training programs in climate change research. 

Over the course of his career, Dr. Karowe has received grants totaling over $8 million from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture in support of his research and training activities.  He has also published numerous papers, given over 100 public climate change talks, and received several teaching awards. 



Who should attend

Everyone is welcome, whether it's your first CCL experience or you're an experienced volunteer. (You don't even have to be a member!) The Great Lakes region includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, but you're welcome no matter where you're from.

When is the conference

The conference is from October 15 - 16, 2016 (Saturday, Sunday).  The main conference begins with the Plenary Session at 9am on Saturday, October 15th and ends after lunch on Sunday, October 16th. We encourage you to arrive on Friday evening to rest, get the drive over with and hang out with CCLers so that we may begin the conference right away at 9am Saturday morning. We will hold a small reception Friday evening and lots of us enjoyed this time last year.

If you’re new to CCL, we strongly encourage you to attend the Climate Advocate Training workshop on Saturday from 10am to noon to introduce you to our goals, legislation and methods for building political will.

See agenda below for more details.


The Cedar Lake Ministries Retreat Center, 13701 Lauerman St, Cedar Lake, IN 46303, just south of Gary, Indiana.
Here’s a link to their Web site: http://www.cedarlakeministries.org/

We encourage ride-sharing. A road trip with your chapter buddies is part of the fun! And, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint too.

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Registration and Costs



The registration deadline is Tuesday, September 27th 2016, so we can let the conference venue know how many of us to expect.


Costs vary depending on how many days of the conference you attend and if you lodge overnight at the facility. Please see the registration section at the top of this page for options and costs.  Lodging options are described in the section below.

Register online

Use the form at the top of this page.

Register by check

Use the form at the top of this page. On the next page, underneath the order total, enter the offer code "CHECK" then press the green check box. Complete you registration and send your check to Citizens' Climate Education, 1330 Orange Ave, #309, Coronado, CA 92118.


If the cost is a problem for you we have scholarships available. To apply, contact Elizabeth Dell at elizabeth.dell@citizensclimate.org. You can help others attend by donating extra when you register.

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Lodging, Attire and Meals


Cedar Lake Ministries Conference and Retreat Center is 35 miles south of downtown Chicago. Like the conference facility used in previous years, there are different lodging options including hotel style and dormitory style. However, the dorm lodging is improved in that rather than sharing a dorm with a dozen or more in one room, the dorms are broken into smaller rooms with mostly 2 bunks per room. Linens and towels will be provided. We will again eat our meals together (also expected to be an improvement) and will have opportunities to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the retreat center.
There are limited rooms designed for couples to stay alone without adding additional cost. If you are a couple, please contact Elizabeth Dell (elizabeth.dell@citizensclimate.org) in advance so we can help make the best arrangements for your needs and budget.
1. The Rest A While Hotel has rooms with a full or queen bed and a bunkbed with a bathroom. We will assign 3 people to a room and you may request roommates.
2. The Hickory Lodge is a dorm style building with 11 rooms, most with 2 bunk beds per room and two dorm style bathrooms (multiple showers, toilets, sinks). One bathroom will be assigned to men, the other to women. We will assign 4-6 people to a room.
3. There are also lodging options in town, two (of many) are listed below:

Crestview Inn & Suites, 7 min drive from Cedar Lake Ministries - 2 Double Beds for $85/night, $76.50 AAA/AARP/Military Rate + ~$20 tax

HomeTown Inn & Suites, 20 min drive from Cedar Lake Ministries - 2 Double Beds for $100/night, $89/night AAA/AARP/Military Rate + ~$20 tax


Please dress comfortably. Attire is casual. The conference is in a camp setting and you may want to enjoy a walk or other recreational facilities on site.


  • Full conference Fri/Sat lodging will include 5 meals (Saturday B/L/D, Sunday B/L)
  • Full conference Sat lodging will include 4 meals (Saturday L/D, Sunday B/L)
  • Meals for those lodging offsite is 3 meals. Saturday only would B/L/D, Sat & Sun would be Saturday L/D and Sunday L.

Please indicate your food restrictions (including whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free) when you register.


Please contact Elizabeth Dell at elizabeth.dell@citizensclimate.org to let her know your accessibility requirements or preferences.

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Agenda (DRAFT-subject to change)


             Friday, October 14

7:00 pm to whenever          Pre-conference party. Come early to rest, get the                                                                                     drive over with and hang out with CCLers.


           Saturday, October 15

9:00am to 10:00am         Plenary—welcome and road map to passage
10:00am to 12:00pm       Group Start Workshop 
                                     Skill workshops (media, tabling, endorsements…)
                                     Group Leaders and Liaison session
12:00pm to 1:00pm         Lunch
1:00pm to 2:00pm           Keynote: Dr. Karowe
2:00pm to 3:00pm          Carbon Fee and Dividend policy details: the three legged stool
3:00pm to 3:30pm           Picture and Break
3:30pm to 4:50pm           Building Political Will in the district (panel)
5:00pm to 6:00pm           Dinner
6:15pm to 7:15pm           Breakouts led by regional volunteers
7:30pm to 8:00pm           Firesie chat with Katharine Hayhoe
8:00pm to 10:00pm         Party

Sunday, October 16

8:00am to 8:50am           Breakfast
9:00am to 10:00am          Planning sessions
10:00am to 10:15am        Break
10:15am to 11:15am        Communications skills training
11:15am to 12:00pm        Open Forum and Closing session with Mark Reynolds
12:00pm to 1:00pm          Lunch
1:00 PM                             Head Home!



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