2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

Feb 17
Hosted by:Citizens' Climate Educati...
February 17, 2017 at 6:00pm to
February 19, 2017 at 12:00pm
Chestnut Hill College map 9601 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19118

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Citizens' Climate Lobby 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
Empowering You in a Warming World

February 17–19, 2017

Update as of Thursday evening Feb 16: We have sold out tickets for the conference, and are discouraging walk-ins to avoid exceeding our venue's capacity. Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming response! Please see Location below for details on how to get here, and note different addresses and venues for the Fri and Sat–Sun program. We encourage those who can't be here and are new to CCL to join one of our weekly introductory calls, find your local chapter, check out CCL's podcast, and register for our Annual Conference and Lobby Day in DC, June 11–13.

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference will take place from the evening of Friday, February 17 through the morning of Sunday, February 19 at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. People new to CCL are strongly encouraged to attend the introductory Climate Advocacy Training on Saturday morning from nine 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 want to attend some of the scheduled talks. CCL's Mid-Atlantic region includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. but folks from everywhere are welcome to attend. We encourage all who are concerned about climate change, members of the media and local government, faith and justice groups, and business leaders to join us. Feel free to print and share this conference flyer.

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 help 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.

Exciting developments in the past year include the entry into force of the UN Paris Agreement and the founding of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the US House of Representatives, where Democratic and Republican representatives can openly explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. Countless other local, regional, and international actions are moving us towards a low carbon economy that maintains a livable planet for our children. At the same time, our president-elect has, through words and actions, shown skepticism of climate change and actions needed to address it. While this promises us new challenges, voters from both parties support action to curb emissions, and we believe that our market-based proposal to drive large emissions reductions while creating jobs and growing the economy continues to provide a promising route forward.

Amidst uncertainty but with momentum on our side, the goal of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference is to explore strategies for passing Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation through the 115th Congress in 2017. We aim to become more effective in our work through

  • Deepening our knowledge of impacts, issues, and strategy within our states and region
  • Advanced training in lobbying, working with the media, and other specific skills
  • Networking and getting to know other volunteers in our region
  • Encouraging each other and building the optimism and resilience we need to move forward


The conference will be held at two different locations on the campus of Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. Friday evening's forum and reception will be held at the Commonwealth Chateau conference center at SugarLoaf Hill (9220 Germantown Avenue) and all Saturday and Sunday events will take place on the main campus at 9601 Germantown Avenue. A printable campus map is here.

Public transit: If coming by regional rail, arrive at Chestnut Hill East (Chestnut Hill West Station) and the Chestnut Hill West (Chestnut Hill East station) lines. From there, take the L bus west to the campus from the intersection of Germantown Ave & Evergreen Ave, or there is a sidewalk on Germantown Ave if you prefer to walk (about 1 mile to SugarLoaf and 1.3 mile to the main campus). For details and other transit options, see SEPTA's trip planner.

Car: For directions on arriving by car and parking, visit Chestnut Hill College's Directions page. If you drive, we encourage carpooling to minimize the carbon footprint of our meeting and welcome attendees to use the CCL Philadelphia group page to help arrange carpools.

Friday: Commonwealth Chateau conference center at SugarLoaf Hill, 9220 Germantown Avenue is located on the corner of Germantown Ave and Bells Mill Rd. If driving north on Germantown Avenue (going away from the city) it is easiest to turn left on Bells Mill Road, then make an immediate right into Sugarloaf. If arriving by car, follow signs for "Event Parking".

Saturday and Sunday: St. Joseph Hall is on Chestnut Hill College's main campus at 9601 Germantown Avenue. It is the second building on the left after the main entrance from Germantown Ave. If arriving by car, parking is allowed in any area marked “Visitor Parking”.


Small changes may be made to the timing and titles. Speakers and additional details will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

Friday evening

6:00     Registration opens
7:00     Welcome remarks and inspirational message from CCL youth member Elke Arnesen
7:30     Town Hall Forum: Building Political will Both in Congress and in the District. Panel discussion followed by Q&A with just-retired Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, PA State Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky, and PA State Representative Greg Vitali
9:00     Light snacks and conversation

Saturday morning

8:00     Registration, coffee and refreshments
9:00     Climate Advocacy Training for new members, state strategy sessions (concurrent)

Saturday afternoon

noon    Lunch (on site)
1:00     Keynote: Dr. Kirsten Findell, research scientist at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, "Understanding Climate Change: The Power of Global Climate Modeling"
2:00     Road Map to Passage in 2017: A new President and Congress bring new opportunities and challenges for passage of carbon fee and dividend this year. CCL's program director Madeleine Para will discuss a plan of action.
2:45     Break and refreshments
3:00     Workshops

There will be four concurrent workshop tracks from 3 to 6:

Track 1: Building Skills
3:00   Partnering with Environmental Justice Organizations. Panel discussion and Q&A with Katrina Baxter from the Public Interest Law Project, EDGE grassroots organizer and elementary school science teacher Joanne Douglas, and Zakia Elliott from PennFuture.
4:00   Health Promotion Through Addressing Climate Change. Primary care physician Dr. Dan Wolk will coach us on talking about the many health issues associated with fossil fuel pollution.
5:00   Partnering with Environmental Justice Organizations (repeated).

Track 2: Building Skills
3:00   Big Oil and Carbon Fees. CCL Team Oil leader and professional engineer Joseph Chiarell will update us on positions being expressed by big oil companies on a carbon fee.
4:00   Media Training. Tips on writing letters to the editor and lobbying an editorial board by retired journalist and newspaper editor Matt Zencey.
5:00   Improving Listening Skills. How to take your listening skills to the next level with Ray Roberts, PA CCL state co-coordinator.

Track 3: Mobilizing Youth—Workshops Created By and For Young People
3:00   Carbon Fees in Universities. Learn about internal carbon pricing at a institutions of higher learning as a means of building political will with Nathan Graf, Climate Action Senior Fellow at Swarthmore College.
4:00   We are #onit. Learn all about the millennial carbon pricing campaign, Put A Price On It!, with Page Atcheson, executive director of Put a Price On It.
5:00   Climate for Whippersnappers. A panel discussion on millenial experiences and strategies with Elke Arensen, Put A Price On It field representative, Ky Sandars, Solar States installer and Serenity Soular organizer, and Emily Wirzba, sustainable energy and environment policy associate with FCNL.

Track 4: Symposium on Climate Change Impacts and Mitigation in the Mid-Atlantic States
3:00   This will be a continuous symposium with experts from PA, MD, NJ and DE discussing climate impacts and mitigation in our region.  Panelists include
Dr. Daniel Kirk-Davidoff, chief scientist for Weather and Climate Services at MDA Information Systems LLC and adjunct assistant professor of atmospheric and oceanic science at the University of Maryland
Dr. Daniel J. Leathers, Delaware State Climatologist and professor of geography at the University of Delaware
Dr. Robin Leichenko, professor and chair of the Department of Geography at Rutgers University and co-director of the Rutgers Climate Institute
Dr. Ray Najjar, professor of oceanography at Penn State University

Saturday evening

6:00     Dinner (on site)
7:00     Performance by Quiet Riot, "Stories: 6 Inspirations for Climate Workers Now"
7:30     Storytellers and video "The Power of Your Story: Your Response When Life's Habitat is Endangered", followed by the recent episode of "Years of LIving Dangerously" featuring CCL

Sunday morning

8:30     Coffee and refreshments
9:00     Citizen empowerment training workshop led by Sheila Peltz Weinberg
10:00   Keynote: Admiral David W. Titley, professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University and founding director of their Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, "Climate Change—A Threat to National Security"
11:00   Moving Ahead Together and Closing Thoughts from CCL's program director Madeleine Para


Cost of registration is $85 ($20 for students) for the full conference, $65 to come all day Saturday only (lunch and dinner included), or $10 to attend on Friday evening or Sunday morning only. We are also offering options to attend only Saturday morning (8–12, $10), Saturday afternoon (1–6, $30), or for the Saturday evening entertainment beginning at 7 ($10). If the cost of attending is prohibitive, please contact Peter Handler at handlerstudio@gmail.com for information about scholarships. 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 #309, Coronado, CA 92118.


See below for information on several nearby hotels. Chestnut Hill College is located about 14 miles (about an hour by public transit) from Center City Philadelphia. If you search for options on Airbnb, the nearest neighborhoods are Chestnut Hill and West Mount Airy. In addition, Philadelphia Chapter CCL members are offering to host attendees from out of town. For help connecting with a local host, or to find other attendees to share accommodations with, please contact Jon Clark at naturephotographer@earthlink.net with the number of people in your group and the nights you plan to stay. Attendees may also use the CCL Philadelphia group page to help arrange room sharing. For those arriving by train or bus, please let us know your date and time of arrival and we will do our best to help get you to your accomodations.

Chestnut Hill Hotel
8229 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

This lovely old boutique hotel with lots of updates is the closest hotel to Chestnut Hill College (about 2 miles away). They are offering a conference rate of $139 through February 9. Reserve by phone to get this rate.

Marriot Courtyard Philadelphia City Avenue
4100 Presidential Boulevard, Philadelphia 19131

The Courtyard Philadelphia City Line is offering a conference rate of $119/night. The rate is guaranteed until Jan 30, and after that will be based on availability. To reserve by phone ask for the Citizens' Climate Lobby conference rate, or click here to go directly to book online with the group rate. If coming north on I-95 or arriving via Amtrak, this is the easiest hotel to get to, but is farther from the conference than the other hotels listed here.

Finally, the hotels below are located 5 miles from the conference, just off the Fort Washington exit of the PA turnpike:

Best Western Fort Washington
285 Commerce Drive, Fort Washington, PA 19034

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

Holiday Inn Express Fort Washington
432 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Washington, PA 19034


Continental breakfasts as well as Saturday lunch, dinner and refreshments are included in the registration fee. Saturday lunch and dinner are being provided for those who have registered for the entire conference (general admission and students) and for all day Saturday. We have sold out tickets for these meals, so if you are attending just part of the day Saturday please make sure you have arrangements for meals if needed. Brunos Restauant is just a walk across the street from campus, and there are several restaurants in Chestnut Hill (1-2 miles east on Germantown Ave). Refreshments are provided for all attendees. We are working closely with the catering service to offer food sourced from local farms and businesses while keeping the conference affordable. Vegan and gluten-free options are available (please note dietary restrictions when registering).

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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