2017 Great Lakes Regional Conference

Oct 27
Hosted by:Citizens' Climate Educati...
October 27, 2017 at 6:00pm to
October 29, 2017 at 1:00pm
Cedar Lake Ministries map 13701 Lauerman St. Cedar Lake, IN 46303

Event Details

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5th Annual Great Lakes Regional Conference

Registration is still open!


This is a challenging and rewarding time to be engaged in the climate movement. American politics has been transformed by the results of last November’s election, in ways that we could not have anticipated at our last regional conference. Last year on this page, we proposed a “journey...full of new experiences, bumps in the road, as well as twists and turns.”

Who knew?

Climate change is becoming one of the defining issues in a broad political realignment, as evidenced by the growth of the bi-partisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the House of Representatives. In a way that seems to defy conventional wisdom, our climate-skeptical Administration has raised the level of climate awareness and advocacy in our country, and given cover to many members of Congress who are coming forward to address the threat that we all recognize.

Last year, CCL volunteers embraced “the promise” and redoubled their efforts to see a carbon fee and dividend bill introduced in Congress this year. Now we need to focus on our roles in negotiating such a bill through the legislative process...to see it become law! 

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! 

We return to last year’s venue, Cedar Lakes Ministries, which offers comfortable lodging, delicious food, and a scenic setting on Cedar Lake amidst the fall colors. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Keynote Presentation: Carbon Pricing and the Energy Transformation

Dr. Elisabeth Moyer, Associate Professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences and an affiliate with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). She co-directs the Center for Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy, an interdisciplinary center funded by the National Science Foundation and focused on open-source tools to support decision making. Dr Moyer's research spans atmospheric science, climate statistics, and energy and climate policy analysis. Her climate research focuses on the statistics of evolving climate states; her atmospheric science research focuses on the processes that control the distribution of water vapor and formation of cirrus clouds in the upper troposphere and stratosphere.

Who should attend?  Everyone is welcome, whether it's your first CCL experience or you're an experienced volunteer. 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?  Friday, October 27 registration begins at 6 pm. The conference concludes at 1 pm on Sunday, October 29. See agenda below for details. We encourage you to arrive on Friday evening to rest, get the drive over with and enjoy a casual reception with other CCLers. We encourage all attendees to join us by 9 am on Saturday.

Where is the conference? The conference center at Cedar Lake Ministries, 13701 Lauerman St, Cedar Lake, IN 46303, 35 miles south of downtown Chicago. (Please note that alcohol and smoking is prohibited at the facility.) We encourage ride-sharing. A road trip with your chapter buddies is part of the fun!

Registration and Costs


The registration deadline is Friday, October 13th, 2017.

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. Please include "2017 Great Lakes Regional Conference" in the memo of the check. 


Costs vary depending on how many days of the conference you attend and lodging options. Please see below for more details and then check the registration section at the top of this page for options and costs. Meals on Saturday and Sunday are included as described below.


If the cost is a problem for you we have scholarships available. Please complete this brief scholarship request form and we’ll reply within a day. You can help others attend by making a donation when you register.

Lodging, Meals & Attire

The Cedar Lake Ministries conference facility offers meals and hotel style lodging on site (we will not be using their dormitories this year). Hotels are also available in Schererville, a 20-minute drive from the conference venue. Click here for more information about nearby hotels and driving in the area around Cedar Lake.

On-site room options

We will have exclusive use of Cedar Lake Ministries’ Rest A While hotel. Linens and towels are provided. There are 36 rooms with a private bath, double bed and bunk bed (well-suited for 3 to share) and 10 rooms with a bathroom and full or queen bed (great for couples). Please see the upper right of the page for pricing details. You may request roommates, but if you do not, we'll assign roommates.


This year we will be offering vegetarian and vegan options only. Please indicate food allergies/restrictions when you register.

  • Full conference with on-site lodging includes 5 meals (Saturday B/L/D, Sunday B/L)
  • Full conference with offsite lodging includes 3 meals (Saturday L/D and Sunday L)
  • Saturday conference only includes 2 meals (L/D)


Please dress comfortably. Attire is casual. The conference is in a camp setting and you may want to enjoy a walk.


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

Agenda  (Bookmark this web page where we will post additional details as they become available.)

Friday, October 27

6:30 - 9:00 pm - Registration & Reception

Saturday, October 28

7:15 - 8:00 am - Walking meditation led by Dori Chandler

8:00 - 9:00 am - Registration and breakfast

9:00 - 9:50 am - Welcome and The Big Picture of CCL: Who We Are and Where We're Going, Madeleine Para

10 - 11:45 am

  • Track one: Climate Advocate Training for new(er) volunteers
  • Track two: Skills workshops
  • Track three: Group Leaders and Liaison training (also open to seasoned volunteers) 

Noon - 1:00 pm - lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm - Keynote: Carbon Pricing and the Energy Transformation, Elisabeth Moyer, Associate Professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences and Co-Director of the Center for Robust Decision-Making on Climate and Energy Policy at the University of Chicago                                                          

2:00 - 4:50 pm

  • Track one: Climate Policy Mini-Camp, Ross Astoria
  • Track two: Strategic Outreach and Advanced Communication Skills (Environmental Justice, Conservative Recruiting, Successful Meetings Based on Motivational Interviewing)

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Dinner

6:15 – 7:15 pm - Breakout Sessions

  • How to Organize Public Forums - Dan Dieterich

  • Framing the Health Impact Message - Dr. Lisa Del Buono

  • Agriculture Update - Rick Knight and Kelly Lively

  • Helping Young People and Educators Get Involved in Climate Advocacy - Clara Fang

Sunday, October 29

7:15 - 8:00 am - A Time of Listening with Nancy Flinchbaugh. Follow your own spiritual tradition by walking a labyrinth, meditating and/or observing nature. A time of journaling and sharing will follow.

8:00 – 9:00 am - Breakfast

9:00 - 10:45 am - State planning sessions

10:45 - 11:00 am - Break

11:00 - noon - Building Unity while Exploring Diversity, Madeleine Para

noon - 1:00 pm -  Lunch and say goodbye!


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