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2020 Citizens’ Climate Northeast Regional Conference

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Russell Sage College

65 First Street

Troy, NY 12180

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You are invited to the 2020 Citizens' Climate Lobby Northeast Regional Conference!

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby 2020 Northeast Regional Conference

Building Bridges for Climate Action

March 6-8, Troy, NY

“Early bird” registration (only $95) ends January 31!

The annual Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) Northeast Regional Conference is a great opportunity for new and experienced CCL volunteers to learn, practice skills, expand our reach, and inspire one another in order to achieve powerful climate legislation in Congress.

This year we’re focused on building strength through new relationships, listening to diverse voices, and learning what climate change means for other groups engaged in this effort and how we can work together toward our common goals.

What you’ll get from the 2020 Northeast Conference:

  • Effective approaches for bridging the political divide
  • Understanding of the need for inclusiveness and environmental justice in the climate movement
  • Best practices for engaging local officials and members of Congress
  • Better understanding of energy issues and carbon pricing
  • Update on carbon pricing action in the Northeast Region
  • New tools for building political will in your district
  • Connect with other climate advocates from the entire Northeast Region

When: Friday, March 6 (6 pm) - Sunday, March 8 (12:30 pm)

Where: Russell Sage College, 65 First St, Troy, NY 12180 (close to Albany)

Who: Whether you’re 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!

Agenda: (workshop and presenter details still evolving)

Friday, March 6

6-9 pm Early registration and social gathering with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, cash bar

Saturday, March 7

8:00 am Registration; coffee and tea

9:00 Welcome and Orientation

9:15-10:30 Keynote address, Carolyn Finney, Ph.D, Environmental Scholar in Residence, Middlebury College. author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors.

10:45-12:45 Morning workshops (50-minutes each)

  • A “deep dive” into CCL’s preferred legislation, HR 763 - the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividends Act
  • Findings of Columbia University’s “Assessment of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividends Act” (November 2019)
  • The progressive case for carbon pricing
  • Farmers: Our Natural Allies on Climate
  • Environmental justice and a just climate transition
  • Engaging with young Republicans and conservatives on climate issues
  • The Northeast Transportation and Climate Initiative
  • Options for climate action by high school and college students

12:35-1:35 Vegan lunch (included in registration fee)

1:35-1:50 Opportunity to visit Information Tables

1:50-3:50 Afternoon workshops

  • For new CCLers: Climate Advocate Training (2 hrs)
  • For CCL Group Leaders and Liaisons: Leadership Training with Madeleine Para, CCL’s VP of Programs--2 hrs
  • Open for all: Skill-building workshop on advocacy tools such as maximizing social media, setting up a monthly calling campaign and more

3:50-4:20 Another chance to visit Information Tables

4:20-5:50 Plenary Workshop on Diversity with Clara Fang, CC:’s Higher Education Coordinator

5:50-7:20 Dinner on your own (Good restaurants a short walk away) Information Tables still available

7:30-8:30 Engaging with the “Other”--group exercise

8:30-??? Socializing and cash bar

Sunday, March 8

8:00-9:00 am Coffee; Information Tables

9:00-9:30 Update on the political scene and Congressional action by CCL’s VP for Government Affairs, Dr. Danny Richter (via Zoom)

9:30-9:45 CCL Organization Update

9:45-10:45 Plenary on Building Coalitions to Pass Climate Legislation

10:45-11:45 State-level planning meetings

11:45-12:00 Takeaways from state meetings

12:00-12:30 Summation and Send-Off

Registration fees:

Early Bird (through January 31): $95

Early Bird plus $10 donation to scholarship fund (through Jan.31): $105

Regular (February 1 - 28): $110

Regular plus $10 donation to scholarship fund (Feb. 1 - 28): $120

Student: $25

Late and Walk-In’s (from February 29 on): $120

Please consider adding $25 to enable a student to attend the conference, or $10 as a contribution to the scholarship fund.

Note:- We set registration fee to cover our expenses, but we do not want cost of registration to prevent anyone from attending. Please contact Anne Schmidt at annewschmidt@gmail.com if you would like to request a sliding scale.


Discount rooms available at the Best Western Plus Franklin Square Inn Troy/Albany - walking distance to Sage

1 Fourth Street Troy, NY 12180. Click here to book online - scroll down for CCL rate

Phone 518-274-8800 - Mention Citizens’ Climate when calling to book

Prices guaranteed only until Thursday, Feb. 6. Please act soon!

$118/night for a standard single king/2 queen

$138/night for a deluxe single king/2 queen

Parking at Sage: Free parking around campus after 5 pm Friday.

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.

EV charging: Available near the Best Western Franklin Square hotel.

Public Transportation to Troy: There are a half dozen Amtrak trains daily to the Albany/Rensselaer station coming from New York City, Boston/Springfield MA, Chicago/Buffalo, Montreal/Plattsburgh NY and Rutland VT, to visit website click here. Taxi/Uber/Lyft service to Troy is an inexpensive 15 minute trip. Generally, schedules are good for a Friday afternoon arrival and Sunday afternoon departure. There are also numerous regional bus routes that serve Troy from as far north as Saratoga Springs, to visit website click here.

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. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or chaperone (who must also be registered for the conference). Please email Sarah Braik at sbraik642@gmail.com for a permission slip or with any questions regarding minors and chaperones.

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