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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about Friday's activities, email Brett Cease at email@example.com
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)|