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2019 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Northeast Regional Conference

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Russell Sage College

65 1st St

Troy, New York 12180

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby 2019 Northeast Regional Conference

Uniting for Climate Solutions

Friday March 29 to Sunday March 31st

For those of you new to CCL: Who is this group who managed to get a powerful, fair, bipartisan climate change bill introduced by Republicans AND Democrats in Congress?

For those of you who know us: Come learn more about our bill and how to get it passed!

Come to Troy in March!

The annual Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) Northeast Regional Conference is a great opportunity for new and experienced CCL volunteers to learn, practice skills, connect with each other, inspire each other, and strategize how to move our country toward solving climate change.

We now have a bill to support! The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act was introduced in both the House and Senate in 2018 and reintroduced in the House on January 24, 2019!! CCL’s 100,000+ supporters were instrumental in the introduction of this first bipartisan carbon pricing bill in nearly a decade. This year, we’ll use our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach and our shared values to make climate legislation this strong and fair a reality.

*** SPECIAL LAST MINUTE OPPORTUNITY -- TOUR OF NYISO FACILITY -- ACT BY MARCH 18, NOON The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) is hosting a group tour for a limited number of CCL members on Friday March 29 from 11am to 1:30 pm in Rensselaer, NY (near Albany.) Learn how electricity is dispatched in New York State and how carbon pricing will be included in the dispatch decisions. This is not part of our event and not something CCL/CCE is sponsoring. If interested, RSVP with your name and contact info to lauriepwinfrey@gmail.com.

Back to the conference:

NE Regional Conference participants will:

  • Explore strategies for bridging the political divide

  • Learn how to engage Congress effectively

  • Hear about the Green New Deal

  • Hear from a local farmer and the Farm Bureau on how farmers can be part of the solution

  • Get an update on carbon pricing around the world from representatives of The World Bank

  • Get an update on carbon pricing in Northeast states

  • Learn new tools for building political will in your district

  • Get a chance to meet Rep. Paul Tonko, new Chair of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change

  • And more!

When: Friday, March 29 (6pm) - Sunday, March 31 (12:30pm)

Where: Russell Sage College, 65 1st St, Troy, NY 12180

Who: Whether you are new to CCL or a seasoned volunteer, you'll find something to energize and inspire your climate change advocacy. The Northeast Region covers New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, but all are welcome - and if you are the parent of a high schooler, bring them along!

For more information, contact Carolyn Sellars (herenowkind@gmail.com)

Anticipated program - more detail will appear here as we firm things up:

Friday, March 29

6-9 pm Informal Reception

Gathering and connecting! Hot hors d'oeuvres (included in conf fee) and cash bar

Saturday, March 30

8:00 am Registration, coffee - Buchman Pavillion

9:00 - 9:20 Welcome/conference overview & logistics - Bush Hall

9:20-10:20 -- CCL Executive Director Mark Reynolds-- “How to Pass a Bill” - Bush Hall

10:30-12:30 pm Advocacy Toolbox -- Training sessions

  • For new volunteers: Climate Advocate Training

  • For CCL group leaders and liaisons: Leadership Training with Mark Reynolds

  • Open to all: Skill-Building Workshop - focus on messaging and outreach

12:30-1:30 Delicious vegetarian lunch (included in conference fee)

1:30- 2:30 pm Plenary: The Green New Deal

2:30- 2:40 pm Photo

2:50- 3:50 pm Afternoon breakout sessions

3:50- 4:30 pm Break, info tables

4:30-5:30 pm Afternoon breakout sessions

Sample of breakout sessions:

  • Deep dive into the newly introduced bill, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

  • H.R.763 and the Green New Deal

  • Farmers: Allies for Climate Solutions - hear from a local farmer and the Farm Bureau

  • Carbon pricing around the world - update from representatives of The World Bank

  • State carbon tax update, NE Region

  • Region-wide carbon pricing in the Northeast

  • Regional energy transition - opportunities and challenges

  • Impacts of climate change in the Northeast - where does it hurt in your neck of the woods?

  • Let’s Face the Music and Dance—Connecting Our Passions to our Climate Work - with Peterson Toscano

  • Tutorial on Community 3.0 and Google Docs - bring your own laptop

  • Higher Education -- Breakout by and for college students

  • Art in climate communication

5:30 pm Dinner Break - on you own - many restaurants a short walk away

7:00- 10:00 pm Dessert buffet, cash bar

7:30 pm Remarks by Rep. Paul Tonko, Chair of House Energy &Commerce Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change

8:00 pm Evening entertainment

Sunday, March 31

8:30- 9:00 am coffee

9:00- 10:50 am -- Plenary session - Lighting the fire to get our bills passed

  • Legislative update, digging deeper into H.R.763 - The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, Q&A: Danny Richter, CCL VP Government Affairs (via Zoom)

  • Bringing Bipartisanship and Transformation to Citizen Activism: Sam Daley-Harris, founder of Results, the model for CCL

  • What will your role be to move the bills forward?

11:00- 11:50 am State Strategy Sessions - NY, MA, CT, RI, ME, NH, VT

12:00- 12:30 pm Wrap up and Happy Trails!

Throughout conference

Art exhibit -- art related to climate change

Information tables such as Climate and Health, Conservative Outreach, School Board Resolutions and lots more.


Hats off to to Sage College’s Climate Crisis Center for co-sponsoring this event!

We deeply appreciate this wonderful collaboration and in particular for Dr. Steven Leibo, Professor of International History and Politics at Sage as well as a commentator for WAMC Northeast Public Radio, for inviting CCL's Northeast Regional Conference to Sage!


Registration fees:

Regular - through March 24 -- $100. Add $10 donation for student stipends $110

Students - $25

Note: We set registration fee to cover our expenses, but we do not want cost of registration to prevent anyone from attending. Please contact Iona Lutey at iona.lutey@citizensclimate.org if you would like to request a sliding scale.


Best Western Plus Franklin Square Inn, Troy a short walking distance away from the conference and full breakfast included.

1 Fourth Street Troy, NY 12180 Phone 518-274-8800

Discount rate if you say you're with Citizens' Climate Lobby!


Courtyard Albany Troy/Waterfront

515 River Street, Troy 12180

Discount $109/night plus tax, breakfast available at extra charge

Room block held until March 8, 2019

Link here to reserve

Or call reservations at 1-888-236-2427 and ask for the Citizens Climate Lobby Room Block.

Parking at Sage: Attendees will be provided information on parking for the weekend and map of campus.

Driving directions:

From I-90 W - Head northwest on I-90 W, Use right 2 lanes to merge onto I-87 N toward Saratoga, Use right 2 lanes to take exit 7 for NY-7 E toward Troy/Cohoes, Continue onto NY-7 E, Use 2nd from right lane to take exit toward Downtown Troy, keep left, follow signs for Downtown and merge onto 6th Ave, Continue on 6th Ave. Drive to 1st St.

From I-87 S - Head southwest on I-87 S, use right 2 lanes to take exit 1e-w toward I-90 E, Use right 2 lanes to take exit 6A to merge onto I-787 N toward Troy, take exit 8 for 23rd Street toward Watervliet/Green Island, continue on Lower Hudson Ave, take Green Island Bridge and River St to 1st St in Troy

Public transportation:

Amtrak to Albany/Rensselaer. 20 minute drive to Troy. Best Western hotel provides pick-up from station.

EV charging:

We will gather info for you (anyone who wants to help pull this together, please let Kelly know!)

Legal stuff:

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 (herenowkind@gmail.com) 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 Carolyn Sellars (herenowkind@gmail.com)

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