2017 Citizens' Climate Lobby Wild West Regional Conference

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Citizens' Climate Lobby Wild West Regional Conference 2017   

Developing Common Ground:
Meeting the Challenges of Climate and Energy

North Mountain Visitor Center, Phoenix, Arizona

November 3-5th, 2017

 Conference at a Glance     Detailed Program & Speaker Bios

Participant Confirmation / Logistical Information

(Please note day 1 schedule revisions.)

Limited scholarships still available.


You are invited to the annual Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) Wild West Regional Conference!  CCL builds the political will for our elected representatives to take action on climate change.

Our Regional Conference 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 Wild West Region - Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Montana and Wyoming - is large and diverse, but we share common concerns due to the climate impacts already manifesting in our wildlands, cities and farms.

Rising temperatures, prolonged wildfire seasons, drought, flooding, and insect infestations are already impacting our communities, agriculture and outdoor recreation industries. The harm of inaction and the benefit of action have never been higher.

For more information, contact Shawn Newell at shawnlnewell@gmail.com.

What you need to know about the 2017 Wild West Regional Conference:

Everyone is welcome, whether it’s your first CCL experience or you’re an experienced volunteer.  The Wild West Region includes Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, but everyone is welcome no matter what state you are from. 

Friday November 3rd (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Saturday November 4th (7:30 AM – 9:00 PM)

Sunday November 5th (8:00 AM – 12:00 PM) 

North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 N 7th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 

Download the conference program here

Friday Evening

6-8pm  The conference kicks off Friday evening with light fare and drinks, socializing, networking, and early registration. Recharge your climate hero battery over stories, games and songs with friends and allies. 

Saturday morning 

Registration and welcome

Keynote: Building on Common Ground - Bob Inglis, former Congressman (SC-R) and Executive Director of RepublicEn, a conservative environmental organization, will speak on conservative climate messaging

Concurrent Sessions

  • For people new to CCL:
    • CCL Climate Advocate Training: CCL's introductory workshop covers our goals, values, methodology, legislative proposal, and the levers of political will. Includes a mock meeting with a member of Congress.
  • Experienced CCL Members:
    • Skill-building workshops: Media and Endorsements
    • Group leaders/liaisons: training with Mark Reynolds, Executive Director of CCL

Sand Running Out of the Hour Glass: The Carbon Budget (or Why a Carbon Fee is So Important) - Don Bayles, AZ

Saturday afternoon 

State Planning Sessions

Incremental Improvements/Executing Our Plan - CCL ED Mark Reynolds

What's Powering Our Future: A panel discussion on the future of energy in the Wild West.

Dinner will be provided along with an opportunity to explore the beautiful Sonoran desert surrounding the Visitor Center.

Saturday evening

Navajo Storytelling and Flute - Reginald Mitchell, a renowned instructor, coach, presenter, and fifth generation Navajo silversmith, offers an evening of Navajo Storytelling alongside an inspired player of the Native American flute, Jonah Littlesunday.

Sunday morning

Concurrent sessions:

  • Listening to Underrepresented Voices: panel discussion with youth, Global Majority (non-white) people, and conservatives on inclusive and targeted messaging and outreach
  • Building Connections Left and Right: A panel discussion sharing insights from the trenches
  • Motivational Interviewing: A workshop with Chris Hoffman to learn and practice a collaborative conversation style that is highly congurent with CCL's appreciative approach to lobbying. 

Closing comments from Mark Reynolds, CCL's Executive Director.


  • The Climate Advocate Training is available at no charge for anyone who would like to attend only Saturday morning of the conference (8:30 am through lunch). Register for the full conference and at checkout enter the discount code CATONLY (case sensitive) which will waive your registration fee.
  • The registration fee for the full conference is  $110.  This fee covers all sessions from Saturday, 7:30 a.m. until Sunday at 12:00 pm. It includes a delicious lunch and dinner on Saturday catered by Carefree Catering and snacks and beverages throughout the weekend.
  • If cost is a problem for you, we have scholarships available to cover the Registration fee.  To apply, contact Jane Conlin (janeconlin@yahoo.com). Priority will be given to students. All others will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please also consider donating to help others come--all donations made from this registration page will be used for conference scholarships.

Hotel Reservations:  We reserved a block of suites at the Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, a beautiful facility within walking distance of the conference center. A double room is $175 per night ($196 with all taxes). Reservations can be made here or by calling 1-800-445-8667. Be sure to ask for the conference rate when you call. If you have difficulty getting the rate, please contact Shawn Newell (shawnlnewell@gmail.com).

If you would like assistance in finding a roommate to share a hotel, please contact Sandy Whitley (sandyariz@cox.net).

Additional area hotels:

1. Red Roof Inn Phoenix North, 17222 N. Black Canyon Hywy 17 Phoenix, AZ. 85053 (7.2 miles from Phoenix North Mountain), phone 800-874-9000. 1-2 adults: 2 Full beds: $73.15/night (includes tax), free wifi, free parking, free long distance, free heated pool

2. Point Hilton Suites Squaw Peak, 7677 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ. 85020 (3.9 miles from Phoenix North Mountain), phone 602-997-2626. 1-5 adults: 2 Queen bedroom with separate living area with sleeper sofa. $236/night (includes tax) 5$ each person over 2, up to 5 total. Free wifi, free parking, free smimming pool and fitness center,  free tennis.

3. Radisson Hotel North Phoenix, 10220 N. Metro Pkwy Phoenix, AZ.  85051 (4.9 miles from Phoenix North Mountain) phone 602-997-5900. 1-2 adults: King 179/night(includes tax) 2 Queens $190/night(includes tax) free wifi, free parking, free fitness center and outdoor pool, shuttle service within 5 miles.

4. Drury Inn and Suites Phoenix Happy Valley, 2335 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Phoenix, AZ. 85027 (11.4 miles from Phoenix North Mountain) phone 623-879-8800. 1-2 adults: King 124/night (includes tax) 2 Queens $150/night (includes tax)free wifi, free happy hour, free hot breakfast buffet, free long distance, free parking, free indoor/outdoor pool and fitness center.

5. Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W. Dunlap Rd. Phoenix, AZ. 85021 (3.9 miles from Phoenix North Mountain) phone 602-943-8200, 1-2 adults: 1 King or 2 Doubles: $179/night (includes tax) free parking, free pool and fitness center


Homestay Options: Please contact Sandy Whitley (sandyariz@cox.net). Free in-home accommodations with CCL members are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because of the greater costs to those who are traveling from outside Arizona, we will give priority to requests for homestays from those who are traveling longer distances. We may have more requests than we are able to fulfill, so if you would like to stay with a CCL member please email Sandy as soon as possible.  


If you are interested in coordinating rides with others, please communicate on our facebook page.

SuperShuttle: go to www.supershuttle.com and look for Phoenix information. A shared-ride roundtrip between the airport and the Pointe Hilton is $38. There are discounts for AAA and AARP members. Shuttle reservations to other hotels or private homes can also be made online.   

From the south/PHX airport - car:

Exit the Phoenix airport heading west to downtown and get on I-10 West. Continue for 2 miles and then take exit 147 A-B for AZ-51 North (you’ll actually continue straight). Continue for 6.3 miles. Take exit 7 for Dreamy Draw Dr/Northern Ave and turn left onto Northern. Continue for 1.7 miles and turn right onto north 7th street. Continue for 3.2 miles. You’ll see North Mountain Visitor Center on your left; you’ll have to go just past it and do a U-turn to enter the drive.

From the south/PHX airport - public transport:

The PHX Sky Train will take you to the 44th street/Washington light rail station. From here you can take one of 2 routes, depending on transport schedules. Both routes take about 1 hour 15 minutes depending on time of day.

  • Take the #44 bus north to the Paradise Valley Transit Center, and then transfer to the #138 bus. Get off at Thunderbird Road and 7th Street. Walk south on 7th street. It is a 0.7 mile walk (about 13 minutes) to the North Mountain Visitor Center which will be on your right.
  • Take the light rail #1 to Van Buren & 5th Street. Get off and transfer to the #7 bus. Get off at 7th street at Tapatio Cliffs Drive. Walk about 0.3 miles to reach the Visitor Center which will be on your left.

From the north/1-17 - car:

Take exit 210 to turn east on Thunderbird Road. Follow Thunderbird for 3.1 miles and then turn left onto N. 7th street. Follow 7th street for 0.6 miles and North Mountain Visitor Center will be on your right.


We will provide a delicious lunch and dinner on Saturday.  Those with special dietary needs should indicate their needs on the registration page.  Our cooks can accommodate individuals who require gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan diets.


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