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2020 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

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Chase Center on the Riverfront

815 Justison Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

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Citizens' Climate Lobby Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference: 20-20 Vision: Clarifying Our Regional Climate Strategy

About this Event

Sharpen your focus on the strategies and partnerships that will be needed to build support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act in 2020! Our goal is to inspire, inform, connect, and collaborate across state and district boundaries and with other organizations in our region who are concerned about the urgent need for climate action. Working together, we will find powerful lenses to help our Mid-Atlantic members of Congress clearly see how our climate solution will benefit their constituents. Through the arts, we’ll also envision our shared natural heritage and our common future together.


Saturday, January 18

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST

Sunday, January 19

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST


Chase Center on the Riverfront

815 Justison Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801


Tickets include conference plus two breakfasts, one lunch, snacks, and all-day beverages.

Early Bird Ticket (through Dec. 17): $99

Regular Ticket (Dec. 18 – Jan. 12): $110

Student Ticket: (through Jan. 12): $49

Vendor Ticket (includes table and registration for one person, through Jan. 12): $200

A limited number of discount tickets are available for those with financial considerations. Please contact sabrina.fu@citizensclimatelobby.org to inquire about these discounts.

Ticket sales end on January 12, 2020. For questions about tickets or discounts, please contact Sabrina Fu (sabrina.fu@citizensclimatelobby.org)

Tentative Agenda (subject to change)

Saturday, 1/18

8:00 Registration and Breakfast

9:00 Welcome and Keynote Speaker: TBD

We also expect to have a videotaped message and possible live appearance by Delaware Senator Chris Coons.

9:45 Break


  • Climate Advocate Training with Randy Gyory and Ted Spickler (for new members)


  • Topical Breakout Workshops, Sessions 1 and 2 (please choose your top 3 of these 8 topics on the registration form)
  1. State-level energy policies with Chris Rabb, PA House of Representatives; Frances Stewart, MD ClimateXChange; Katie Sidebotham, NJ student leader; and Jamie DeMarco, moderator
  2. Mental health and climate change
  3. Being part of a just transition
  4. Agriculture and climate change
  5. Labor/working class and climate change
  6. What does your faith tell you about climate action?
  7. Building relationships towards championship
  8. National security and climate change with William Burris, environmental restoration program manager, Air Force Civil Engineering Center

12:30 Buffet Lunch (with vegan and gluten- free options)


  • Geographic Breakout Workshops, Session 1 — Work across state and district boundaries with other CCL volunteers and partner organizations to strategize on how to move our representatives in the Atlantic coast, Delaware Bay watershed, and Chesapeake Bay watershed toward greater climate championship
  1. Chesapeake Bay Watershed panel: Mike Tidwell, founder of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (C-CAN), and Tykee James, coordinator of government affairs, National Audubon Society
  2. Atlantic Coast panel: A.R. Siders, assistant professor, University of Delaware Disaster Research Center
  3. Delaware Bay Watershed panel: Kaitlin Tucker, watershed planning coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary


  • Speed Dating: Skills and Outreach — Speed dating is our term for a session where CCL volunteers share good ideas and best practices in five-minute presentations to small groups followed by 10 minutes of Q&A, discussion, and hands-on training. Each "date" lasts 15 minutes with a maximum of 10 people around each table. Hence, in a one-hour session, you can have four dates. Sample of topics include:
  1. Respectful Dialogue in Divisive Times with Marty Hopkins
  2. Endorsement Strategies with Karen Poshefko
  3. SMART Grasstops Engagement with Martha Christine
  4. How to Collect Over 2,000 Constituent Letters with Tabling Events with Renate Brosky
  5. Endorsement Letter Writing Made Easy with Jessie Snyder
  6. A Little Green Birdie Says Tweet, Tweet! with Gail Cookson
  7. How the Youth Are Shaping Their Future with Austin Hart and Nicole Hammond
  8. Young Conservative Outreach with Jacob Abel
  9. Writing Effective Letters to the Editor: From the WSJ to the NYT to Local Papers with Charlie Garlow
  10. I Live My Values with Ann Perry


  • Savoring the Places We Want to Save Through Art — Visit the art room to contribute to a joint art project depicting what we want to protect and preserve about the Mid-Atlantic

3:15 Snack Break

3:45 Repeat of 2:00 p.m. Sessions

5:00 Dinner on Your Own Along Wilmington’s Riverfront — We will be organizing some group reservations for those who would like to get to know other volunteers over dinner. Watch for details about a special youth dinner gathering!

Sunday, 1/19

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Legislative Update from DC with Daniel Richter, CCL Vice President of Government Affairs

10:00 Climate and CCL Stories with Madeleine Para, CCL Vice President for Programs

11:00 The Path Forward with Madeleine Para

12:00 Adjourn


Lodging is available at a special group rate of $89/night at the Westin Hotel, which is connected to the Chase Center. Reserve your room (either one king or two queen beds) for Friday and/or Saturday nights at this link. Availability is limited — sign up as soon as possible!

Travel & Parking

The conference center and hotel are easily accessible by car or train. The riverfront area is located just off of Interstate 95 near downtown Wilmington, and ample free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Chase Center and the Westin Hotel.

The Chase Center is located about a mile from the Wilmington train station, which receives both Amtrak northeast corridor and SEPTA regional commuter trains. You can reach the Chase Center/Westin Hotel from the train station via a 20-minute walk or 7-minute taxi, Uber or Lyft ride. A Greyhound bus station is also located just a block farther from the train station.


We welcome like-minded organizations or businesses who would like to share information about their work, goods, or services at one of our vendor tables. There are a small number of tables available on a first-come, first served basis. Each vendor registration includes both a table reservation and a ticket for one person representing the organization to attend the conference. Additional vendor representatives should register separately.

Minor (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 (sabrina.fu@citizensclimatelobby.org) for a permission slip. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or chaperone (who must also be registered for the conference).

For questions about travel, the venue, accommodations, or the general program, please email Beth Chajes (wilmington@citizensclimatelobby.org).

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