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

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.

Our Regional Conference is an opportunity for newcomers and experienced CCL members to gather in order 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 (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Saturday November 4th (7:30 AM – 8:30 PM)

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

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


Friday Evening

6-8pm  The conference kicks off Friday evening with food 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

The Carbon Budget: A simple tool, a powerful story - Don Bayles, AZ

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

Saturday afternoon 

  • Keynote speaker Bob Inglis, former Congressman from South Carolina (R) and Executive Director of RepublicEn, a conservative environmental organization, will speak on conservative climate messaging
  • 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

Reginald Mitchell, a renowned instructor, coach, presenter, and fifth generation Navajo silversmith, offers an evening of Navajo Storytelling.

Sunday morning

Concurrent sessions:

  • 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: panel discussion
  • Motivational Interviewing workshop with Chris Hoffman

Closing comments with Mark Reynolds

Watch the space below for a detailed agenda with frequent updates.


  • The Saturday morning Climate Advocate Training is available at no charge for anyone who would like to attend (and not attend the rest of the conference). 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 $95 (early bird registration by September 15th October 1st) or $110 (registration after October 1st).  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 hot beverages throughout the weekend.
  • If cost is a problem for you, we have a limited number of 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 serve basis.
  • Please also consider donating to help others come--all donations made from this registration page will be used for conference scholarships.

Hotel Reservations:  A block of suites will be reserved at the Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort which is within walking distance of the conference center. A double room is $175 per night ($207 with all taxes). Reservations can be made here or by calling 1-800-445-8667. Be sure to mention the conference when you call. 

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.


Detailed Conference Agenda - watch here for updates as they become available; last updated 9/21/17

Friday November 3rd

6-8pm  Conference registration; social reception; hiking/exploring North Mountain Visitor Center


Saturday November 4th

7:30am  Registration opens; coffee and tea

7:45am & 8:10am  10 minute miniclass: stand-up stretching and yoga - Susan Atkinson (CO)

8:30am  Welcome - Mark Reynolds, Bill Barron (UT), Reginald Mitchell (NM)

8:45am  The Carbon Budget: A Simple Tool, A Powerful Story - Don Bayles (AZ)

9:15am-12pm  Concurrent sessions

     Track 1: New volunteers

          9:15 - 12pm  Climate Advocate Training - Mark Reynolds, Claire Herrick (AZ); break at 10:15

     Track 2: Experienced volunteers

          9:15-10:15  Amplifying Our Voices: Integrating Print & Social Media - David Folland (UT)

          10:15-10:30  Break

          10:30-11:10  Making the Most of Endorsements - Bill Barron (UT)

          11:10-12pm  State Planning Sessions

     Track 3: Group Leaders & Liaisons

          9:15-10:15  Opening Session - Mark Reynolds; Connections in a Growing Region - Bill Barron (UT)

          10:15-10:30  Break

          10:30-11:10  Strategies at Work: Coordinating Communities (Susan Secord, CO) Coordinated Media (Dave Folland, UT), and Targeted  Tours                                      (Kristen Walser, MT)

          11:10-12pm  State Planning Sessions

12  Lunch provided

12:55pm  Gathering Together - Reginald Mitchell (NM)

1pm  Keynote: Building on Common Ground - Robert Inglis

2pm  Messages from Congress - TBD

2:30pm  Break

2:45pm  Incremental Improvements/Executing Our Plan - Mark Reynolds

3:30pm  Funding the Good Work - Gabrielle Lawrence (AZ)

3:45pm  Break

4pm  What's Powering Our Future? Panel discussion

                     Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (invited)

                     John "Skip" Laitner, energy economist and consultant

                     Amanda Ormond, energy consultant with the Ormond Group

                     Patrick Cummins, Center for the New Energy Economy

                     Gary Dirks, ASU Wrigley Institute

                     Mark Hartman, city of Phoenix

5:30pm  Guided Nature Walk - North Mountain Visitor Center

6pm  Dinner

7:30pm  Navajo Story-Telling - Reginald Mitchell (NM) 

9pm  Adjourn


Sunday November 5th

8am  Welcome - Reginald Mitchell (NM)

8:15am  Personal Breakthroughs: Open Mic

8:45-11am  Concurrent sessions

     Track 1: It Takes Everyone

          8:45-10am  Listening to Underrepresented Voices: Panel discussion

                                    Masavi Perea, Chispa

                                    James Garcia, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce                                   

                                    Colleen Cooley, Diné CARE

          10am  Break

          10:15-11am  Building Connections Left & Right: Panel discussion

                                    Amber Sullins, Meteorologist, NBC 15 News

                                    Sandy Bahr, Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Chapter Director

                                    Maddox Wolf, National Audubon Society, Arizona Field Organizer

     Track 2:  Motivational Interviewing - Chris Hoffman (CO); break at 10am

11am  Parting Comments - Mark Reynolds

11:50am  Farewell - Claire Herrick (AZ), Bill Barron (UT), Reginald Mitchell (NM)

12pm  Adjourn

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