2017 Citizens' Climate Northeast Regional Conference

Mar 18
Hosted by:Citizens' Climate Educati...
When:
March 18, 2017 at 9:00am to
March 19, 2017 at 12:30pm
Where:
UMass Amherst Campus CenterHotel UMass 1 Campus Center Way Amherst, MA 01003
Contact:

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CONFERENCE IS SOLD OUT!  

GREAT FOR THE PLANET BUT SORRY IF IT'S TOO LATE FOR YOU!  FIRE CODE FOR ONE OF THE ROOMS PREVENTS MORE ATTENDEES.

Conference app just published!  Check it out here!  Even if you can't get to the conference, we will be posting info and handouts on the app.

 

 

Here is what the conference is about -- not to be missed!

Can our divided nation address climate risk?  Lead the new energy economy?  The CCL answer is yes!  Even now!  Find out how!

CLIMATE SOLUTION – BRINGING IT HOME

Come to this conference if:

  • You’re looking for a way to be optimistic and productive in advocating for a healthy planet
  • You’re looking for something concrete YOU can DO to protect your grandchildren from the risks and economic disruptions of climate change
  • You want your grandchildren to benefit from the economic benefits of a clean energy economy
  • You want to learn about climate action on the state level

This year’s Northeast conference will feature classic and new CCL skill-building -- including: 

  • Keynote from the dynamic and inspiring Claudine Schneider, former GOP Member of Congress from Rhode Island 
  • Lobbying tips from GOP Legislative Director Kevin Dowling from Congressman Lee Zeldin’s office, NY01
  • Persuasive storytelling workshop with the fabulous Peterson Toscano
  • Panel of state and regional stakeholders on how they see climate action progressing in our region.  
  • Workshop on getting endorsements from businesses and municipalities with Kate Galbo, Programs Manager, Climate Action Business Association (CABA)
  • Breakout panel on state carbon pricing efforts, including Marc Breslow, Research and Policy Director, ClimateXChange
  • Art exhibit demonstrating use of visual arts to communicate the climate story

Come sharpen your lobbying and outreach skills and build the network you’ll need to help pass federal- or state-level carbon pricing in 2017!

When:

Arrival: Friday, March 17, evening -- informal reception and snacks

Check in:  Saturday, March 18, 8:00-8:45 am
Conference:  Saturday, March 18, 9:00 am(sharp!)- Sunday, March 19,  12:30 pm

Where:

UMass Amherst Campus Center/Hotel UMass
1 Campus Center Way
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Registration fee*:
Registration:  $65
Student admission**:  $20

*Registration covers conference only.  Continental breakfast included with Hotel UMass room; reasonably priced snacks and lunch available for purchase; dinner on own.  Cash bar and dessert buffet Saturday night.
**A limited scholarship fund is available for students requesting assistance with registration fee and/or housing.  Please contact Richard Pree at richpree@gmail.com.

Hotel:   Options will be sent to you when you register.

Flyer:  Here is a conference flyer if you want to share it.

SponsorshipsWe will be delighted if your organization would like to sponsor the conference!  Extremely reasonable rates and it will be very helpful to us.  Please see the sponsor sheet if you are interested.

AGENDA

Friday: 6:00-9:00
Informal gathering at UMass Campus Center/Hotel, 10th floor -- cash bar and snacks

Saturday
Breakfast on own (continental included in hotel fee)


8-8:45  Registration/Check In

We will begin promptly at 9:00!  No time to lose!
9:00 (sharp!) - 9:50  -- WELCOME/ Citizens' Climate Lobby Roadmap for 2017 - 
CCL Regional Coordinator Iona Lutey; Madeleine Para, CCL National Program Director

9:50-10:20 -- LOBBYING TOOLBOX:  Insider tips on working with Congressional staff -- Kevin Dowling  -- Legislative Director, Lee Zeldin, R-NY01, Long Island.  Includes Q&A

10:30 - 12:30  -- Breakouts  -- ADVOCACY TOOLBOX:  Deepening our work

New volunteers: Climate Advocate Training/Group Start -- Gary Rucinski, CCL MA State Coordinator


CCL Group Leaders and Liaisons:  Advanced leadership training – Madeleine Para;  Ashley Hunt-Martorano, Citizens' Climate Education Director, Marketing & Events
 

Open to all:  Skill-building workshop/practice
        Presentations 
        Endorsements 
        Media
        Tabling
        Town Halls


12:30-1:30 Lunch -- on own at UMass Food Court /The Blue Wall

Be back promptly at 1:30!


HOW CCL/BIPARTISANSHIP CAN GIVE HOPE AND FOCUS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

1:30-2:00    Plenary --  Keynote speaker -- Claudine Schneider, former GOP Member of Congress from Rhode Island

2:00-2:45 -- CAMARADERIE, CONNECTIONS

Group photo/Peterson Toscano teaser for evening
Break/ spend time/connect at wonderful information tables and Photo Booth


KEY TOOLS FOR CHANGE
2:45-3:45  Breakouts

  • Climate and the Art of Storytelling.  Peterson Toscano.  No story is harder to tell than the one about our changing climate and what it means for each of us. Reciting the facts is not enough to move people to action, in fact, many shut down when they hear even the mention of global warming. How we break through the collective silence in creative and effective ways? This breakout session will explore methods you can use to develop stories that inspire people to be curious about climate change.
  • Post-partisan messaging.  Our country has never been so polarized.  As a result, post-partisan messaging has never been more critical to CCL’s mission.  But new messaging skills and approaches are needed.  We need to understand who we are talking to, and to speak to them in a manner that will allow them to hear us. This workshop presents our best techniques so far, shown through practical examples.
  • Community leader endorsements and leader letters. Key levers to move our Members of Congress.  How to start.  How to succeed.  Working with businesses, municipalities.  Support materials.  Kate Galbo, Programs Manager, CABA - Climate Action Business Association on working with businesses; Nancy Jacobson, CCL volunteer, Ithaca, NY on municipal resolutions.
  • State/regional carbon pricing. Overview of the Northeast state and regional landscape for pricing carbon.  What is the status of state legislation? How do state proposals compare to CCL's federal proposal? What should CCLers know about state legislative processes? How can CCLers advocate for state legislation? The panel will discuss these questions and more.

4:00-5:00 Breakouts repeated

5:00-7:00 Dinner on own.  Pop upstairs to The Blue Wall on the 2nd Floor -- lots of space; good, reasonably priced food; or go into Amherst to one of the many small restaurants (list attached to the Conference app)

7 -10:00

  • Peterson Toscano -- Performance.  The funny and brilliant host of Citizens' Climate Radio.  Comic, Bible scholar and human rights advocate.  Interactive, insightful comedy, building on afternoon communications workshop

  • Networking/social time -- dessert buffet and cash bar in a room with a view

Sunday
Breakfast on own -- continental included in hotel fee


STATE CLIMATE ACTION 
9:00-10:30 am              PANEL:  States’ role in solving the climate crisis, 2017-2020

Broaden our understanding.  Panel exploring varying perspectives and potential scenarios to solve the problem.  Will examine commonality, divergences, and interplay on state and regional climate action.  Representatives from environmental groups, industry, utilities and state government. A look at opportunities for collaboration.  Presentations, moderated discussion, audience Q&A.

Moderator:    Dwayne BregerDirector, UMass Clean Energy Extension

  • ISO New England, Michael Giaimo, Senior External Affairs Representative
  • Dassault Systèmes, Asheen Phansey, Corporate Sustainability Leader
  • MA State Representative, Solomon Goldstein-Rose, Third Hampshire District, MA House of Representatives
  • Environment America, Anna Aurilio, Director, Washington, D.C. Office
  • Better Future Project, Andrew Gordon, Legislative Coordinator

10:30-10:45                  Break

CCL STRATEGY AND PLANNING

10:45-11:05 am            CCL Legislative Update/Q&A -- Danny Richter, CCL Legislative Director and Director of Research, via Skype

11:05-11:55                  CCL state strategy sessions

11:55-12:25                 “Our Way Forward - the Language of Commitment,  Gary Rucinski, CCL MA State Coordinator

12:25-12:30                 Wrap-up, Happy Trails!

 

Additional Information available through exhibits and information tables, staffed by knowledgeable CCLers.  Examples:

  • PHOTO BOOTH! -- Have your picture taken with a message to Congress!  
  • ART EXHIBIT:  Role of visual arts in communicating/inspiring on climate change  
  • CCL & Higher Education 
  • Put A Price On It campaign 
  • CCL Conservative Caucus   
  • State Carbon Tax 
  • Mothers Out Front/Climate Action Now Western Mass.
  • Endorsements -- business and municipal
  • Health impacts of climate change
  • CCL in the Northeast  -- table with info on CCL, region's chapters, Group Leaders there to talk with prospective or new members, info on volunteer opportunities, next steps.
  • Sponsor (thank you!):  Progressive Asset Management
  • And more!

Come join us!