2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

Mar 4
Hosted by:Citizens' Climate Educati...
March 4, 2016 at 7:00pm to
March 6, 2016 at 1:00pm
Arcadia University map 450 S Easton Rd Glenside, PA 19038

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March 4–6, 2016

We will accept walk-ins for Friday evening with $10 payment by cash or check made out to Citizens' Climate Education.

Friday's program will be held in Stiteler Auditorium in Murphy Hall on Arcadia University's campus. When arriving Saturday morning, come to Grey Towers Castle.

Click here for an interactive campus map and and here for a downloadable campus map highlighting important locations. Locations for each day are listed on the agenda below.

We are excited to announce the Citizens’ Climate Lobby 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The conference begins the evening of Friday, March 4 and ends at noon on Sunday, March 6. People new to CCL are strongly encouraged to attend the introductory Climate Advocate Training and Group Start Workshop on Saturday morning from 9 to noon to introduce you to our goals, legislation and methods for building political will.

Who should come? Everyone is welcome, whether it's your first CCL experience or you're an experienced volunteer, whether you plan to become active in CCL or you want to join us for some of the scheduled talks. CCL's Mid-Atlantic region includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and West Virginia but folks from everywhere are welcome to attend. See here for a printable flyer for Dr. Hansen's keynote and here for a flier for the conference.

Purpose and Goals

No one individual can create the political will for a stable climate and that’s what Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is all about. Preventing the most catastrophic global impacts of climate change will require strong action by the US Congress to initiate a transformation of the global economy to one that allows for a safe and healthy future. CCL’s goal is to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal, and to empower individual volunteers to engage elected officials, the media and the public. Recent developments such as the Paris climate talks last December and the Gibson Resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives are bringing us closer to our goal. The goals of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference are to make us more effective in our work through

  • meeting in person to discuss region- and state-specific strategies
  • networking and getting to know other volunteers in our region
  • advanced training in lobbying, working with the media, and other specific skills
  • encouraging each other and building the optimism and resilience we need to move forward

We also welcome members of the public, media, and local government and business leaders to join us, especially for our Friday evening program.


The conference will be held on the campus of Arcadia University, located at 450 S Easton Rd, Glenside, PA, just north of Philadelphia. Arcadia University is accessible by car, train, and bus. If you drive, we recommend carpooling to minimize the carbon footprint of our meeting. See SEPTA's trip planner for arriving by transit—if coming by regional rail, Arcadia is a 25-minute walk from Glenside Station, and bus routes #22 and #77 stop at the campus. For detailed directions on arriving by car, plane, and public transit, visit Arcadia’s Getting to Campus page. We welcome attendees to use the CCL Philadelphia group page to help arrange carpools.


Speakers and additional details will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

Friday evening

Location: Stitler Auditorium in Murphy Hall

6:00     Registration opens
7:00     Welcome and entertainment by Quiet Riot, "Keep Calm and Price Carbon"
8:00     Keynote: Dr. James Hansen, Columbia University, "Climate Change and Energy: How Can Justice be Achieved for Young People and Nature?"
9:00     Reception

Saturday morning

Location: Grey Towers Castle

8:00     Registration, coffee and refreshments, meet and greet
9:00     Climate Advocate Training and Group Start Workshop for new members and chapter strategy sessions (concurrent)

Saturday afternoon

noon    Lunch (on site)
1:00     Welcome and Keynote: Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07)
1:30     Jim Gray, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Meehan, Q&A
2:00     Advanced Communications Training: Mark Reynolds, CCL Executive Director
3:15     Break and refreshments
3:30     Breakouts Session 1
4:45     Breakouts Session 2

Breakout sessions include

  • Public Health Impacts of Energy Business as Usual: Dr. Pouné Saberi, MD MPH
  • Pricing Carbon: Dr. Wayne Morra, Professor of Economics at Arcadia University
  • Engaging with Youth: Peter Jarka-Sellers, volunteer with CCL's Philadelphia Chapter
  • Media Training—Tips on Writing Letters to the Editor and Lobbying an Editorial Board: retired journalist Matt Zancey
  • Building an Inclusive Climate Movement: Taylor Smith-Hams, leader of CCL's Baltimore Chapter
  • Gaining Endorsements from Local Officials: Peter Jarka-Sellers, volunteer with CCL's Philadelphia Chapter

Saturday evening

6:00     Dinner
7:00     Standup comedy by Peterson Toscano: "Confessions of a Climate Change Action Figure"
8:00     Socialize and live music by the Ken Ulansey Ensemble

Sunday morning

Location: Kuch Recreation and Athletic Center

8:30     Coffee and refreshments
9:00     Keynote: Dr. Kirsten Findell, research scientist at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, "The Science of Global Climate Modeling"
10:00   Citizen empowerment training workshop: Sheila Peltz Weinberg, "The Seventh Generation—Time Travel"
11:00   Open Forum and Concluding Remarks: Mark Reynolds, CCL Executive Director


Cost of registration is $65 ($25 for students) for the full conference or $10 to attend on Friday evening or Saturday afternoon only. The full conference registration fee includes Saturday lunch and dinner. If you would like to register by check, please use the promo code "check" and mail your payment to Citizens Climate Lobby 1330 Orange Ave #300, Coronado, CA 92118.


Many Philadelphia Chapter CCL members are offering to host attendees from out of town. Free lodging with hosts is first come first serve! For more information contact Jon Clark at naturephotographer@earthlink.net with the number of people in your group and the nights you plan to stay. Attendees may use the CCL Philadelphia group page to help arrange room sharing. In addition, blocks of discounted rooms are available at two nearby hotels:

Hilton Garden Inn Fort Washington
530 West Pennsylvania Ave
Fort Washington
, PA 19034

The Hilton Garden Inn is located 10 minutes by car south on Route 309 to Arcadia University. Discounted rooms are available at $99 per room with a king bed for couples or two queen beds for buddies (one or two people per room at the same price) until February 19. To get the discounted rate, register online at this link or call the number above and say you are part of the "Mid Atlantic CCL Conference at Arcadia".

Hampton Inn Philadelphia/Willow Grove
1500 Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090

The Hampton Inn of Philadelphia/Willow Grove is located 15 minutes by car via I-276, then Route 309 to Arcadia University. Rooms are available with a 15% Arcadia University discount as long as they last. Discounted rates are $92.65 per room with a king bed or $101 per room with two queen beds (one or two people per room at the same price). To get the discounted rate by phone, call the number above and ask for the Arcadia Rate or use reference #560014891. To reserve with the discounted rate online, go to the link above, choose dates and number of rooms, and click "Add special rate codes". Under the dates and information, in the box next to "Corporate account", enter "560014891", and click "Check availability". The group rate should appear and allow you to select and complete the reservation.


Saturday lunch and dinner as well as morning refreshments and coffee breaks are included with the registration fee.

Questions and feedback

We are excited to see you there! For questions about conference programming or logistics, please contact Peter Handler at handlerstudio@gmail.com. For questions about the registration forms or website please contact Sarah at sarahcdavidson@gmail.com.

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