2018 Third Coast Regional Conference

Feb 3
Hosted by:Citizens' Climate Educati...
February 3, 2018 at 8:45am to
February 3, 2018 at 6:00pm
University of Houston map 271 Student Center Houston, TX 77204-3049

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Working Together to Build Common Ground
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
University of Houston, Houston, TX

Welcome to Citizens' Climate Lobby's Fifth Annual Regional Conference in Texas! People who have been to our regional conferences have called them “life-changing, empowering, and inspiring.”

We will gather this year in Houston, the major energy hub of our region and a city that has faced many climate change enhanced disasters these past three years. We will gather to share our support for policies which will manage carbon emissions and help our region transition to the clean energy capital of the country. No single individual can create the political will for action on climate, but all of us are affected by climate change. Together, we have the power to restore the climate by coming together to learn how to move Congress towards solutions. 

The 2018 CCL Third Coast Regional Conference, located in Houston, TX is an opportunity for newcomers and experienced CCL members to gather to learn, practice skills, inspire each other, and strategize in moving our country toward climate solutions. The Third Coast Region - Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi - is large and diverse, but we share common concerns due to the climate impacts already manifesting in along our coasts, farmlands, cities, canyons, and bayous.

Our speakers will include:

Greg Bertelsen, Senior Vice President, Climate Leadership Council
Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist
Madeleine Para, Vice President of Programs, Citizens' Climate Lobby

"Houston After Harvey : Finding Common Ground on Climate Change Panel"
Moderated by Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist
The four panel members:
Lara Cottingham, City of Houston, Deputy Assistant Director- Administration & Regulatory Affairs
Adrian Shelley, JD, Executive Director, Public Citizen Texas
Bill King, JD, former Mayor of Kemah, and Houston mayoral candidate 
Doug Miller, Editorial Board Member, Houston Chronicle

What to Know Before You Go

Come to develop your lobbying skills and network with fellow CCL volunteers. In the words of Mark Reynolds, CCL's Executive Director: 

“Our advanced lobbying training focuses on the human element of working with people: Creating opportunities from obstacles, listening, building rapport, and not being limited by one’s predisposed view of other people or their predisposed view of you.” 

Moreover, this kind of training will prove valuable in all aspects of your life, not just in your work with CCL.

Who's Invited?
Everyone is invited whether you're a first time CCLer, have never attended a CCL meeting, or are an experienced volunteer! People new to CCL are encouraged to attend the Climate Advocate Training Workshop from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm to learn about CCL's goals, legislative focus, and methods to build political will.  


The conference begins with registration starting at 8:45 am and the conference beginning at 9:15am on Saturday, Feb. 3rd. It ends at 6:00 pm and conference attendees are welcome to transition to dinner and social events downtown.

The day before on Friday, February 2nd, CCL TX volunteers are coordinating a Houston Outreach Day & Local Leaders Meetings (click to fill out the form to sign up). If you are interested in Post-Harvey Service Projects please email Ian Watt at iancharleswatt@gmail.com.

We are also hosting a 7 pm Friday, Feb. 2nd SPECIAL EVENT:  National Security & Climate Risk Panel & Screening of "Age of Consequences" at the Majestic Metro! (SEPARATE TICKETS click to purchase).  

For questions about Friday's activities, email Brett Cease at brett.cease@citizensclimate.org


The conference will be held at the Student Center South (2nd Floor) of the University of Houston, 4455 University Drive, Houston, TX 77204. Look for the CCL Signage and head upstairs as indicated in the maps below.

How Much?

Early Bird Registration (through Jan. 25): $39

Regular Registration (through Jan. 30): $49

Conference Attendance with no meals (through Feb. 3) : $24

Student Registration (no meals guaranteed): $5

We tried to keep this fee as low as possible to accommodate everyone who wants to attend. This cost covers the venue, catering, printing/material costs, and travel expenses of the speakers. We are also striving to make this event zero-waste and keep posted for more details on how we will achieve these goals. 

It does not cover the Friday evening Screening and Panel, your hotel, parking or transportation to/from the conference. To register, see upper right corner of this web page.

Registration for tickets with food closed at  3 PM on Tuesday, January 30th. 

Register and Pay by Credit Card or Check 
You can register and pay by credit card at the upper right corner of this web page.

If you want to pay by check (please put "2018 3rd Coast Conference" in the memo) use the Offer Code "CHECK" at checkout, be sure to click the green check mark so your Offer Code goes through. Then please mail your payment to: 
Citizens' Climate Lobby
1330 Orange Ave #309
Coronado, CA 92118

Once you register, you will receive an e-mail message confirming your registration. Please bring a copy of that e-mail to the conference.

Supporting Our Student & Low-Income Conference Scholarships
When you register, you can help other Gulf Coast students and low-income friends attend by indicating a donation amount on the same line where you register for the conference. Such a donation will also help cover conference expenses for our reduced-fare attendees, thank you!

Lodging, Parking, Meals, What to Bring, and Attire


Hilton- University of Houston (immediately next door to the conference): We've reserved a block of 30 rooms at a discounted rate of $139/night. To reserve, call  832-531-6300 by the cut-off date of Wednesday, January 17, 2018 and mention the Group Code: "CCL" for our conference discount.

Other nearby options:

Hilton Americas (Downtown)
Summit Inn & Suites

Homestays and Carpooling. If you are interested in applying to be matched with another traveler to Houston or a Houston area CCL Host Family for the evening, please complete this application by January 31st.


Parking is available immediately next door to the UH Conference Center, $5 for the day.

Light breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack will be included. There will be dinner opportunities together off site (not included in ticket).

What To Bring?

In order to limit the carbon footprint of this event, the following efforts have been made:

-Venue Choice: Since 2011, the University of Houston has been designated as a top green university by The Princeton Review 's Guide to Green Colleges. The sustainability efforts at UH include: single stream recycling, LEED certified cafeteria, donating unused food, 70 water bottle refill stations, 90 big belly solar compacting recycling and waste bins, first and only sloped green roof in Houston, and a solar array on the central power plant roof.

-Caterer Choice: We selected a caterer--Pat Greer's Kitchen--that uses locally sourced, organic food whenever possible, vegan/vegetarian options & minimal packaging to reduce waste. The caterer is also very unique in that they make every effort to minimize food waste, they donate unused, edible food to a local charity and they take back and compost on site all food scraps and other compostable materials from every event.  

-Paperless: This year, we transitioned to electronic event material (by default) & reusable nametags.

Please join us in making this a Zero Waste Event:

-Paperless: In an effort to reduce paper, all event materials will be available to download here or access online at the event. If you plan to bring a laptop or tablet, please download them in advance, in case WiFi is inconsistent.  If instead you will need a printed version, please consider printing at home ​(bonus points for the ​back side of used paper​) as only a limited number will be available printed out at the venue. Please ​send an email to request a paper copy.

-To Pack/To Bring: Thank you for considering bringing reusable water bottles, coffee mugs and shampoo containers (if staying overnight).

-Transportation: Please consider coordinating a carpool with your local chapter​ and looking up the local light rail routes that run right to the campus​.

It's the weekend, dress as you please.

Questions & Press Inquiries
If you have any additional questions or are media and would like a contact, email Brett Cease at brett@citizensclimate.org

Conference Agenda

Friday, February 2nd: Houston Outreach Day Sign-Up (Local Leaders Meetings)

Friday, February 2nd: National Security & Climate Risk Panel & Screening of "Age of Consequences" at the Majestic Metro (separate tickets)

For questions about Friday's activities, email Brett Cease at brett.cease@citizensclimate.org

Link to the Conference Break-out Presentation Files (Download Ahead of Time)


Saturday, February 3rd
8:45am - 9:15am Registration, Coffee and Light Breakfast
9:15am - 10:00am Conference Welcome, "Understanding Harvey" with Dr. Nielsen Gammon & "Looking Ahead" with Madeleine Para
10:00am - 12:30pm Climate Advocate Training –OR-
10:00am - 12:30pm CCL Leader Break-out Workshops (Rounds 1-3) see descriptions below
12:30pm - 1:30pm Local Foods Lunch by Pat Greer's Kitchen
1:30pm - 2:15pm Keynote: Greg Bertelsen with Q&A
2:15pm - 3:00 pm Building Unity Session" with Madeleine Para
3:00pm - 4:00pm Houston: Finding Common Ground on Climate Change Panel
4:00pm - 4:15pm Afternoon Snack Break
4:15pm - 5:15pm Inspiring Stories from the Region and Action Break-out Sessions
5:15pm - 6:00pm Regional Political Will-Building Mural, Regional 2018 Goals, Conference Closing Ceremony
6:00pm and Beyond Dinner Plans & Higher Education Social

Morning Break-out Workshops for CCL Leaders

Breakout Workshop Times Workshop in Space City Room Workshop in South Dallas Room Workshop in El Paso/San Antonio Room
10:00 - 10:50 am (50 min) "Transformational Organizing Session for Group Leaders" with Madeleine Para "Conservative Engagement Across Our Region" with Larry Howe "Reaching out to Progressives" with Victoria & Bob Hendricks
11:00 - 11:30 am (30 min) "Working with Higher Education Allies" with Sarah Durham "CCL Leadership: Engaging Our Volunteers Workshop with Bill Bray "Focusing on Diversifying Our Membership & Outreach" with Drs. Marie Miglin & Helen Shih
11:40 - 12:30 pm (50 min) "Fee & Dividend Impacts in TX: Carbon Capture & Storage, Natural Gas Demand, and Cost of Energy" with Drs. Larry Kremer, Neil Gaynor, and Shannon Carraway "Climate Science Roundtable" with Dr. John Nielsen Gammon, Dr. Matthew Berg, and Bill Hurley Buddhism and Climate Change -- Tim Mock (intro.), Prof. David Loy (video), Dr. Stephanie Thomas (practitioner)


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