Texas Regional Citizens' Climate Conference

Feb 4
Hosted by:Citizens' Climate Educati...
February 4, 2017 at 8:00am to
February 4, 2017 at 4:00pm
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center map 4801 La Crosse Ave Austin, TX 78739

Event Details

Select a media type above to begin uploading photos and videos


Due to popular demand, all are welcome to attend tomorrow! We will sell tickets at the door, make sure to arrive before 8:30 am if you are attending for the full day ($39 as we'll still be able to include a food order) and before 1 pm ($19) for the keynote session at 1 pm.

CCL Lone Star Conference: Crossroads of Climate, National Security, and Our Economy

At the CCL/CCE 2016 International Conference, CCL Executive Director Mark Reynolds boldly proclaimed that: "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 behind us and our new Congress being sworn in, now is the time to study the road map to that promise and prepare for the journey. 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:

  •       Carbon fee and dividend policy introduction and a deeper dive into details for specific interests
  •       Building political will through grassroots and grasstops alliances.
  •       Climate change impacts within Texas and your ability to communicate with others about it.
  •       Road map to passing carbon fee and dividend and additional liaison strategy
  •       Regional break-Out sessions to coordinate & strategize with others from your area of the state.

Our venue, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, southwest of Austin, offers a comfortable, scenic meeting location and we look forward to seeing you in February!

Keynote Presentation: National Security and Climate Change, Why They Are Connected

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. His last positions in the US Government were chief of staff to Colin Powell at the U.S. Department of State (2002-2005) and Associate Director and member of that department’s Policy Planning staff under Ambassador Richard Haass (2001-2002). Wilkerson served 31 years in the US Army as both enlisted man and officer from 1966 to 1997. His final assignments were as Special Assistant to then-Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell (1989-1993) and, later, as Deputy Director and Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College (1993-1997).


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!) We expect most attendees to be Texan, but our Third Coast region includes Mississippi and Louisiana and we look forward to welcoming wherever you're from.

When is the conference

The conference is the full day of Saturday, February 4th, officially beginning with the Plenary Session at 8:30am. We encourage you to arrive on Friday evening to rest, get the drive over with and socialize/get to know fellow CCL volunteers at our social mixer downtown next door to the Paramount Theatre after Dr. Katharine Hayhoe's event.

If you’re new to CCL, we strongly encourage you to attend the Climate Advocate Training workshop on Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30 pm to introduce you to our goals, legislation and methods for building political will.

See agenda below for more details.


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (map) 4801 La Crosse Ave Austin, TX 78739

Here’s a link to their Web site: http://www.wildflower.org/

Evening reception will be held afterwards at Austin Beer Garden Brewery at: http://theabgb.com/

1305 W. Oltorf, Austin, TX 787048704


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

Back To Top

Registration and Costs

Registration for the conference is $39 for the full day, this includes an entire day of invigorating programming and lunch and $19 for the afternoon only.

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 your registration and send your check to Citizens' Climate Education, 1330 Orange Ave, #309, Coronado, CA 92118.

Need Financial Assistance?

If the cost is a problem for you we have scholarships available. To apply, contact Brett Cease at brett.cease@citizensclimate.org.

We also may be able to match you with an Austin-area volunteer who will host you for free. Please indicate your interest in this when you register.

You can also help others attend by donating extra when you register.

Back To Top

Lodging, Attire and Meals


Austin is a large city with many lodging options available, here are two (of many) listed below:

Option 1: best cost to quality ratio, most convenient location

La Quinta Inn & Suites Austin Southwest at Mopac ($110.00 on Expedia)

4424 South Mopac Expwy, Austin, TX 78735

Option 2:  most affordable, safe and easily accessible from the highway

Quality Suites South ($73.00 on Expedia)

1701 E St Elmo Rd, Austin, TX 78744



Please dress comfortably. Attire is casual.


·       We will be providing a light breakfast before 8:30 am on Saturday morning (granola bars, fruit, coffee, and juice)

·       Lunch on Saturday will be catered by Circle C Catering with a variety of lunch sandwich options*.

·       Dinner on Saturday will be at Austin Beer Garden Brewing following the conference

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


Please contact Brett Cease at brett.cease@citizensclimate.org to let him know your accessibility requirements or preferences.

Back To Top



Proposed Agenda


Friday, Feburary 3rd Austin Endorser Day (need to RSVP ahead)

Meet at 8 am at Houndstooth Coffee 401 Congress Ave. for an orientation.

We have over 20 meetings with Austin-area business leaders, organizations and elected officials planned.

Friday evening, 7:00 PM, Paramount Theatre: Featuring Katharine Hayhoe 

Tickets & Registration separate from CCL Conference (click here)

Hot Science Cool Talks | UT Environmental Science Institute presents
Climate and Faith, Money and Politics: Can We Build a Sustainable Future?

9:00 PM: After the Event CCL Social at the Stephen F Austin Intercontinental next door!                                                                               (701 Congress Ave. Austin, TX)

Saturday, February 4th, Conference Day at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

8:00am to 8:30am        Breakfast & Registration

8:30am to 9:15am        Plenary Session & Welcome

9:20am to 12:15pm      Climate Advocate Training Workshop

                                     OR  Three Different Tracks for Skill Workshops

9:30 am - 12:15 pm Breakout Session Track #1 Breakout Session Track #2 Breakout Session Track #3
Times Library Room Classroom A Classroom B
9:30 am - 10:20 am (50 min) Mike DeChellis: State-Level Policy Discussion & Messaging, Liaison Strategy & Spring Lobby Drive Bill Bray & Team Oil Reps: Working with Oil and Gas Industries Dr. Anna Graybeal: Let's talk about it: A process group approach to thoughts and feelings about climate change
10:30 am -11:30 am (1 hour) Bruce Melton: Global Climate Science Updates from 2016 and How to Communicate Them Peter Bryn: Conservative Messaging Glenn Smith & Susan Adams: How to best network with other organizations, engage in better tabling strategies, & other outreach discussion
11:40 am-12:15 pm (35 min) Sandy Long: Our Brains and Environmental Engagement - Thoughts from reading "Environmental Melancholia" by Dr. Renee Lertzman Mark Mackie & Peter Bryn: Tax Reform, Climate Change, and the GOP State Resolution Proposal Marie Miglin: Eating Healthy while Reducing Carbon Footprint

12:15pm to 1:00pm           Lunch

1:00pm to 2:00 pm          Col. Wilkerson's Keynote and Q&A:  Climate Change & 

                                        National Security, How & Why They Are Connected

2:00pm to 2:15pm          Group Conference Picture and Break

2:15pm to 2:40pm           2016: A Year of TX CCL Growth in Review

2:45pm to 3:30pm           Regional Breakout Planning Sessions 

3:30pm to 3:45pm          Communication Skills Workshop

3:45pm to 4:00pm          Closing of the Conference

5:00pm to 8:00pm          Evening Reception at Austin Beer Garden Brewing
1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704


By clicking “Register Now” you are giving Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Citizens’ Climate Education permission to send you email including information about CCL/CCE and how you can volunteer and support our work. You can unsubscribe at any time by emailing unsubscribe@citizensclimatelobby.org

Location Get Directions