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2019 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Great Lakes Conference

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Saint Mary's College, Madeleva Hall

Madeleva Ave

Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Welcome to the 2019 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Great Lakes Regional Conference! September 20 -22, 2019

About this Event

You are invited to the annual Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) Great Lakes Regional Conference!

CCL builds the political will for our elected representatives to take action on climate change. And with an effective, bipartisan climate bill introduced in Congress right now, that political will is more important than ever!

Our Regional Conference is an opportunity for newcomers and longtime CCL members to gather to learn, practice skills, inspire each other, and strategize in moving our country toward climate solutions. The Great Lakes Region - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin - is large and diverse, but we share common concerns due to the climate impacts already manifesting in our wildlands, cities and farms.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Dell and John Sabin (greatlakes-rc@citizensclimate.org)


What you need to know about the 2019 Great Lakes Regional Conference:


Everyone is welcome, whether it’s your first CCL experience or you’re a seasoned volunteer! The Great Lakes Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, but everyone is welcome no matter what state you are from.


Friday, Sept. 20, 6:30pm - Sunday, Sept. 22, 12:30pm


Friday evening: Reception at Hilton Garden Inn, 53993 Indiana S.R. 933, South Bend, IN 46637,

Saturday and Sunday: Conference at Saint Mary's College, Madeleva Hall, Madeleva Ave, Notre Dame, IN 46556


Early Bird, available through Aug. 18 - $80

Regular, available Aug. 19 - Sept. 12 - $95

Student, available through Sept. 12 - $20

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and will be used to provide scholarships for those with limited financial resources. If you are in need of financial assistance, please fill out this brief form.

Final registration deadline: 9/12/2019

Ticket includes Friday evening reception and Saturday lunch and dinner. Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options will be available. If you have additional special dietary restrictions, please email greatlakes-rc@citizensclimate.org.


There are many lodging options in the area. Two within a several minute walk are the Hilton Garden Inn, 574-232-7700, and The Inn At Saint Mary's, 574-232-4000.

If you are looking to share a room with others, CCL volunteer, Leah Gillon, created a Google sheet where you can share your needs and connect with other CCL volunteers looking to share a room. Feel free to contact Leah with questions, leahg@umich.edu.


The South Shore Line railroad has trains running between Chicago and South Bend. The Inn at Saint Mary's has a free shuttle between the South Bend train station and the hotel. A guest has to notify the hotel in advance that the guest will need a shuttle ride.


AGENDA (subject to minor changes)


6:30 - 9:00 pm - Registration and reception, Inn at Saint Mary’s, Hilton Garden Inn South Bend


8:00 - 8:45 am Registration and coffee

8:45 - 9:00 Welcome

9:00 - 10:00 Keynote - Moving Forward on Climate Change: Report from the Vatican Energy Transition Dialogues, Dr. Carolyn Woo, Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development, Purdue University, former President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 12:15 pm Climate Advocate Training for new volunteers - Lisa Del Buono

10:15 - 12:15 pm Group Leader and Liaison Session - Madeleine Para

10:15 - 12:15 pm Levers of Political Will Skills Session (how to table, give presentations, write letters to the editor, and support chapter development)

11:15 - 12:15 pm For College Students - Campus Organizing, Clara Fang

12:15 - 1:30 Lunch in the campus dining hall

1:30 - 2:30 Breakout Sessions

  • Climate Change Impacts on the Great Lakes, Dr. Alan Hamlet, University of Notre Dame
  • Deep Dive into HR 763, Rick Knight
  • Working with Business Leaders, Darrell Benatar
  • Why Would Progressives Oppose Carbon Pricing?, David Holmquist

2:30 - 2:40 Break

2:40 - 4:10 Diversity: Building an Inclusive and Empowering Culture - Clara Fang

4:10 – 4:30 Break and Group Photo

4 :30 – 5:10 National Strategy to Grow Conservative Support, Topher Anderson

5:10 - 6:00 Diversity in Youth Climate Advocacy - Jess Wilber, Julia McKenna, and TBA

6:00 - 7:15 Dinner in the campus dining hall

7:15 – 9:00 Film Screening, Anote's Ark, followed by Q & A with Mike Roman


8:00 - 9:00 am Coffee and mingling

9:00 - 10:00 State Planning Sessions

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15-11:15 Breakouts

  • Deep Dive into HR 763, Rick Knight
  • Motivational Interviewing for Better Results, John Sabin
  • A Decarbonized Electricity Grid of the Future, Dr. Ramteen Sioshansi, Ohio State University
  • Reaching Across the Partisan Divide, Patrick Etienne, Better Angels

11:15 - 12:30 pm National Strategy, Madeleine Para


Minors (under 18) Registration: If you are under the age of 18, or are registering for someone under 18, a signed permission slip must be completed to attend the conference. Please email jess.wilber@citizensclimatelobby.org for a permission slip. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or chaperone (who must also be registered for the conference).

Questions? Please email Jess Wilber, (jess.wilber@citizensclimatelobby.org)

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