2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

Jan 26
Hosted by:Citizens' Climate Educati...
January 26, 2018 at 12:00pm to
January 27, 2018 at 6:00pm
University of the District of Columbia Student Center map University of the District of Columbia Student Center Washington, DC 20008

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Advance Registration is now closed. You will be able to walk in and register on site.

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Working Together: Healing Our Climate and Our Nation

January 26–27, 2018


You can purchase walk in registration on Jan. 26 and/or Jan. 27. 

What does it mean to work together to heal our climate and our nation?
Come listen and engage in conversations with diverse voices – young evangelicals and proponents of creation justice, politicians and diplomats, scientists and doctors, storytellers and community activists. Learn about resources for adaptation and mitigation and develop skills to help create the political will for a livable world. The conference begins at noon on January 26 and ends at 6 p.m. on January 27. 

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 just want to join us for 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. People new to CCL are strongly encouraged to attend the introductory Climate Advocate Training Workshop on Saturday afternoon to introduce you to our goals, legislation, and methods for building political will.

If you are an organization interested in tabling during the conference, please visit our separate registration site


Registration (Advance Registration is now closed. You can walk in and register on site.)

Walk In registration (January 26-27):

January 26 only: $40
January 27 only: $75
Both days: $98

We are happy to offer a 50% discount for students. Please use the Offer Code STUDENT when you register. Be sure to click the green check mark once you type in your Offer Code.

If you would like to register by check, please use the Offer Code CHECK when you register. Be sure to click the green check mark once you type in your Offer Code. Mail your check to Citizens’ Climate Lobby, 1330 Orange Ave #309, Coronado, CA 92118. Please put "2018 Mid-Atlantic Conference" in the memo.

Advance Registration will close January 21st.


Purpose & Goals

No single individual can create the political will for a stable climate on their own, 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 U.S. 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. 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, local government, and business leaders to join us.


Location & Travel

The conference will be held at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Student Center, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008. The campus is accessible by Metro Rail, Metro Bus, or by automobile. For customizable driving directions, information about public transit lines and stops, and a campus map, visit this UDC webpage.

Visitor parking is available in the Van Ness Campus Garage, which has its entrance located on Van Ness Street. Standard daily parking fees will apply.

Activities will be held in UDC's Student Center and the Windows Lounge in the business building. UDC has one of only two LEED Platinum-certified university student union buildings on the east coast. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification is the nationally accepted standard for high-performance green buildings. The student center's sustainable design features are woven throughout the facility, including a green roof, photovoltaic panels, a rain garden, sun shades and insulated window glazing, toilets that flush with captured rain water, and locally sourced, reclaimed and recycled materials. Tours of the building's environmentally friendly features will be offered on Friday afternoon during the conference.



The program is still being developed and some changes may occur prior to the event. The agenda will be updated here as speakers are confirmed.

Friday, January 26, 2018

12:00 p.m. — Registration begins

1:00 p.m. — Welcome and logistics of conference

1:10 p.m. — Panel Discussion: Working Together, Healing Our Climate and Our Nation
Panelists: Shantha Ready Alonso (Creation Justice), Victoria Goebel (Young Evangelicals for Climate Action), Samantha Price (Legislative Assistant to Rep. John Delaney, D-MD).
Moderator: Sabrina Fu, UMUC and CCL

2:45 p.m. — Performance by Quiet Riot: Three Hopeful Stories for Our Climate Future
1. Our Children's Trust
2. The Bipartisan Caucuses Save Our Democracy and Our Future
3. Ebensburg and The Clean Energy Catalyst
Storytellers: Bill and David Mettler

UDC will offer LEED/sustainable infrastructure tours at 2:45, 3:30, and 4:15 p.m. (45 minutes per tour; sign up once you are at the conference)

3:45 p.m. — Panel Discussion: Working Towards Urban Sustainability 
Panelists: Dr. Ashley Milton, Project Specialist for Environment and Public Health, Dr. Kamran Zendehdel, Assistant Director, and Dr. Dwane Jones, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, all of UDC
Moderator: Cliff Strawitch, CCL

5:00–6:30 p.m. — Reception 
Hosted by UDC's College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES)

Tabling by various organization and businesses throughout both days of the conference.
Registration for exhibitors and tablers is located here.

Here are some of the vendors who have already registered for the conference: ClimateXChange, Friends of Blackwater Climate Impacts Initiative, GRID Alternatives, Interfaith Power and Light (DC, MD, NoVA), Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Institute, Neighborhood Sun, University of Maryland University College, UDC's School of Engineering and Applied Science, UDC's College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), Young Voices for the Planet, and several CCL Action Teams including Higher Education Outreach, Environmental Justice Outreach, and Sea Level Rise Initiative.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

8:00 a.m. — Registration and breakfast provided by Green Plate Catering

9:00 a.m. — Welcome and logistics for the day

9:10–10:00 a.m. — Keynote Talk: Beyond Paris 
Daniel A. Reifsnyder, former Co-Chair of the Paris Agreement Negotiations and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment, U.S. Department of State

10:10–10:50 a.m. — Keynote Talk: Building an Economy That Heals Rather Than Hurts
Sabine O’Hara, Dean and Director of Land Grant Programs for the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC)

10:50–11:20 a.m. — Break

Breakout 1: Resources for Adaptation and Mitigation

  • 11:30–12:20 p.m. — The Importance of State and Regional Action to Limit and Adapt to Climate Change
    Dr. Donald F. Boesch, Professor of Marine Science at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • 12:30–1:30 p.m. — Buffet lunch
  • 1:30–2:50 p.m. — Panel Discussion: Agriculture and Climate: From Problems to Solutions
    Panelists: Rudy Arredondo (President, National Latino Farmers and Rangers Trade Association), Ben Friton (Forested), and
    Quinton N. Robinson (National Family Farm Coalition

    Moderators: Alexis Baden-Mayer (Organic Consmers Association) and Bruce Parker (CCL)
  • 3:00–4:20 p.m. — Panel Discussion: Climate and Health
    Panelists: Dr. Elgloria Harrison (UDC), Dr. Janet Phoenix (George Washington University), and Dr. Alan Peterson (Lancaster General) Moderator: Dr. Daniel Wolk (Physicians for Social Responsibility and CCL)

Breakout 2: Creating the Political Will for a Livable World 

  • 11:30–12:20 p.m. — Motivational Interviewing 
    Listening skills that foster collaboration and behavior change with Daniel Wolk, Debbie Chang, and Max Broad (CCL)
  • 12:30–1:30 p.m. — Buffet lunch
  • 1:30–2:50 p.m. — Creating Political Will in Our Region
    Panel discussion of what's happening in our region by CCL state coordinators for the Mid-Atlantic region followed by breakout groups for those interested in learning more and becoming active in implementing the various levers of political will
    Panelists: Max Broad (DC), Lynn Dash (NJ), Ray Roberts (PA), Beth Chajes (DE), and Sabrina Fu (MD)
    Moderator: Sally Kelly (CCL)
  • 3:00–4:20 p.m. — Building Relationships and Earning Endorsements from Businesses and Organizations
    Jeremiah Lowery (Chesapeake Climate Action Network) and James Resor (groSolar)
    Moderator: Emma Kinnucan (CCL)

Breakout 3: Skills Development

  • 11:30–12:20 p.m. — Reaching Across the Divide
    Panelists: Stephanie Doyle, Ben Pendergrass, and Chris Wiegard (CCL)
  • 12:30–1:30 — Buffet lunch
  • 1:00–3:20 p.m. — Climate Advocacy Training Workshop
    Recommended for attendees who are new to CCL and want to advocate for climate action with legislators
    Trainers: Jon Clark and Peter Handler
  • 3:30–4:20 p.m. — Acing the Airwaves
    Workshop by Beth Elliott (Communications Officer, World Resources Institute) and Ben Rubin (Climate Nexus)

4:30–4:50 p.m. — Break

5:00–6:00 p.m. — Closing Staff Presentation: CCL's Niche in Environmental Advocacy
Daniel Richter, Legislative Director and Director of Research, CCL



Here are some accommodations located near UDC:

Days Inn ($91)
4400 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20008

Adams Inn Bed and Breakfast ($79)
Near Woodley Park/Adams Morgan Metro
(Pet friendly rooms available)

Inn at Dupont South ($95 - $165)
1312 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036 
Near Dupont Circle Metro

Airbnb: www.airbnb.com


Homestay Option

Many Washington, DC Chapter CCL members are offering to host attendees from out of town.

Want to be a host? If you live in the Washington, DC, area and would like to offer free lodging to conference attendees on Jan. 26 and/or 27, follow these steps to register your availability:

  1. Click on the "host" link for the "Conference Rooms Portal (Host Link)" - this will take you to a Web site set up by a CCL volunteer
  2. Enter your registration information and click "Register" (which will take you to the "Waiver Form")
  3. Read and initial the waiver and click "Submit" (which will take you to the "Host Information" form) 
  4. Enter information about your apartment/house, indicate the number of people that you can accommodate for each room type, and click the "Save" link
  5. Your information will be made available to all attendees and you will receive an email when an attendee requests to stay in of your rooms.
  6. If there is a change in the number of rooms that you have available you can login to the Conference Rooms Portal.

Volunteer CCL Hosts are under no obligation, but may choose to provide a light breakfast and/or transportation to the Metro or the conference.

Need a place to stay? If you are attending the conference and need a place to stay, follow these steps to register and find a room:

  1. Click on the "attendee" link for the "Conference Rooms Portal (Attendee Link)" - this will take you to a Web site set up by a CCL volunteer
  2. Enter your registration information and click "Register" (which will take you to the "Waiver Form")
  3. Read and initial the waiver and click "Submit" (which will take you to the "Attendee Information" form) 
  4. Enter information about you (so that you can be matched appropriately) and click the "Save" link (which will take you to the "Room Search" Web page
  5. Enter any additional "search information" and click "Search (which will display a list of the available rooms)
  6. Click one of the "Select" buttons to select a room (an email will be sent to both you and the host to confirm the room reservation
  7. If you need to cancel your reservation, please login to the Conference Rooms Portal.



Your registration includes a snack and the reception on January 26, and breakfast, lunch, and a snack on January 27. We are very excited to offer meals by Green Plate Catering on Saturday. Green Plate focuses on fresh, locally sourced, and seasonal vegan and vegetarian fare, creating satisfying events with a responsbile carbon footprint. Learn more about Green Plate Catering here.

On Friday night, conference attendees are encouraged to get to know each other by joining a group dinner. Conference organizers will be making reservations at a variety of local, reasonably priced restaurants. Upon check-in at the conference, individuals can select a reservation of their choice. Attendees are welcome to sign up with others they already know or to join with a new group. Although the confence organizers are making the dinner reservations, individuals who attend will be responsible for paying the cost of that meal. If you are interested in joining a dinner group, please indicate so when you register.


Questions and Feedback

We are excited to see you there! For questions about conference programming or logistics, please contact Beth Chajes at beth.chajes@gmail.com. 


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