2018 Tornadoes Regional Conference

Feb 16
Hosted by:Citizens' Climate Educati...
February 16, 2018 at 7:00pm to
February 18, 2018 at 1:00pm
St. Scholastica Conference Center map 1205 S. Albert Pike Fort Smith, AR 72903

Event Details

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Online registration has closed. You will be able to walk in and register on site. Please email Carol.braford@citizensclimate.org with questions.

Finding Common Ground: Listening for shared values and opportunities for collaboration

Tornadoes Regional Conference

February 16-18, 2018

St. Scholastica Conference Center, Fort Smith, AR

In this is challenging time, we are engaged in building relationships and discovering what it will take to enact effective national legislation in today’s political climate. The rapid growth of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the House of Representatives is evidence of the high level of climate awareness and advocacy in our country. As we work to get a carbon fee and dividend bill introduced in Congress, we will 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! 

Our Arkansas volunteers are hosting us at St. Scholastica Conference Center in Ft. Smith, AR, which offers comfortable lodging, delicious food, and a welcoming community setting. We look forward to seeing you in February!

Featuring a Panel Presentation: “Farm Talk: Adapting to Change” and “The Oil & Gas Industry”
On Saturday afternoon, we will welcome panels of farmers and representatives of the oil & gas industry to explore how climate change is impacting these two groups that are so critical to the economy in the Tornadoes region. Join us as we drill down and dig into these two areas that impact all of us in ways we might not realize. 

Who should attend?  

Everyone is welcome, whether it's your first CCL experience or you're an experienced volunteer. The Tornadoes region includes Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, but you're welcome no matter where you're from.

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

See agenda below for more details.

When is the conference? 

Friday, February 16, registration begins at 6:30pm. The conference concludes at 1pm on Sunday, February 18. See agenda below for details. You are welcome to arrive on Friday evening to rest, get the drive over with and enjoy some inspiring entertainment, followed by a casual reception with members of the Fort Smith community. We encourage everyone to join us by 9am on Saturday.

Where is the conference?

The conference will be at St. Scholastica Conference Center, Fort Smith, AR, at the western edge of Arkansas, about an hour south of Fayetteville. We encourage ride-sharing. A road trip with your chapter buddies is part of the fun!

Registration and Costs
Online registration has closed. You will be able to walk in and register on site.

Register by check: use the form at the top of this page. On the next page, under the order total, enter the offer code CHECK then press the green check mark. Complete your registration and mail your check to Citizens' Climate Education, 1330 Orange Ave, #309, Coronado, CA 92118. Please include "2018 Tornadoes 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 are included as described below.

If the cost is a problem for you, we have scholarships available. Please contact Carol Braford at carol.braford@citizensclimate.org to request a scholarship. You can help others attend by making a donation when you register.

Lodging & Meals
The St Scholastica Conference Center offers meals, shared rooms and comfortable conference space on site.
On-site room options
We will have exclusive use of the Conference Center. Linens and towels are provided. Most of the rooms have 2 single beds, plus a limited number of rooms with a double bed that will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. All rates are based on double occupancy. There are two shower rooms on each floor. Please see the upper right of the page for pricing details. You may request roommates on the next page, but if you do not, we'll assign you a roommate.
We will offer both meat and vegetarian options. Please indicate food allergies/restrictions when you register.

Registration Options

  • Full conference with on-site lodging includes 6 meals (Friday D, Saturday B/L/D, Sunday B/L): $160
  • Full conference with no lodging includes 6 meals (Friday D, Saturday B/L/D, Sunday B/L): $100
  • Saturday & Sunday conference with one night’s lodging, includes 4 meals (Saturday L/D and Sunday B/L): $110
  • Saturday conference only includes 2 meals (L/D): $60

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

Please contact Carol Braford at carol.braford@citizensclimate.org to let her know your accessibility requirements or preferences.

Tentative Agenda (subject to change)

Friday, February 16
4:00 pm - Arrive and get settled
5:30 pm - Light dinner
6:30 pm - Registration for the evening
7:00 pm - Welcome (Chris McNamara), “Who is Citizens' Climate Lobby?” Madeleine Para
7:30 pm - Entertainment by Trinity Middle School students

8:00 pm - Reception

Saturday, February 17
8:00 am - Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am - Plenary: welcome, weekend overview, opening session: "The Big Picture of CCL: Who we are and where we're going." CCL's Vice President of Programs, Madeleine Para, will offer her perspective on what makes us unique, what we've accomplished and what's next from her vantage point as someone who tries to keep up with everything you and your volunteers are working on.
9:50 am - Transition time
10:00 am - Breakouts

  • Track one: Climate Advocate Training Workshop for those new to CCL
  • Track two: Leadership training session (Madeleine Para)

11:45 am - Transition time & group picture 
12:00 pm - Lunch & morning reflection - table topics 
1:30 pm - Plenary session – Madeleine Para
1:45 pm - Panel session: "Farm Talk: Adapting to Change." In this session, we will hear from farmers and farmer representatives about what they love about farming, the challenges and barriers they face in farming today and how they are addressing risks through their farming practices.  We will explore our common values and build understanding that can lead to improved partnerships and communication. 
3:15 pm - Break & transition time
3:30 pm - Panel session: "The Oil & Gas Industry." Join us to welcome a panel of local oil & gas experts to explore the issues and risks they are facing today. We will hear about the state of the industry and what they expect in the future. We will listen for where we share common values and new ways we can connect and work together.
5:00 pm -Time to enjoy the outdoors
6:00 pm - Dinner & reflection - table topics 
7:30 pm - Stories about working with members of Congress 
8:15 pm - Social time

Sunday, February 18
8:00 am - Breakfast
9:00 am - State planning sessions 
10:30 am - Break
10:45 am - Building Unity while Exploring Diversity with Madeleine Para. We understand that we need a broad coalition in order to build enough political will for climate action, but often when we look around at our events and meetings we notice that we aren't as diverse politically or culturally as we would like. This session aims to increase our capacity for working with all kinds of people, based on training from the National Coalition Building Institute. 
12:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 pm - Head Home

Registration deadline is February 2nd, 2018

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