Event Details

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! 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.

NE Regional Conference participants will:
Explore strategies for bridging the political divide
Learn how to engage Congress effectively
Hear from energy and carbon pricing experts
Get update on carbon pricing in the Northeast Region
Learn new tools for building political will in your district
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 Kelly Plessas (kmplessas@gmail.com)

Anticipated program:

Friday, March 29
6-9 pm Informal Reception – Gathering and connecting! Hot hors d’oeuvres (included) and cash bar

Saturday, March 30
8:00 am Registration, coffee
9:00 – 9:20 Welcome/conference overview & logistics
9:20-10:20 — CCL Executive Director Mark Reynolds– “How to Pass a Bill”
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
12:30-1:30 Delicious vegetarian lunch (included in registration fee)
1:30- 2:30 pm Panel on legislative concerns raised by the Left
2:40- 2:50 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 Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act
Real case studies on carbon pricing around the world
Effective communications: Framing your own climate story with Peterson Toscano
State carbon tax update for the region
Region-wide carbon pricing update, analysis
Regional energy transition
Impacts of climate change in the region
Art in climate communication
Special breakout by and for higher ed students
Maybe: How the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act would meet the IPCC’s recommended targets to stay below 1.5°C through 2040.
Maybe: Tutorial on Community 3.0 and Google Docs – bring your own laptop
Maybe: Endorser opportunity: Microbreweries
5:30 pm Dinner Break – on you own – many restaurants a short walk away
7:00- 10:00 pm Dessert buffet, cash bar
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
Digging deeper into 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
12:00- 12:30 pm Wrap up and Happy Trails!

Throughout conference
Art exhibit — art related to climate change
Information tables


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:

Early bird – through March 1 — $90. Add $10 donation for student stipends, $100

Regular – March 2 – 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 Kelly Plessas at kmplessas@gmail.com if you would like to request a sliding scale.

Limited number of discount rooms available at the Best Western Plus Franklin Square Inn, Troy. Room fee includes full breakfast buffet.

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

Mention Citizens’ Climate when calling to book or for online booking use


$118/night for a standard king or 2 queen

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

Parking at Sage: Attendees will be provided with a parking pass 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 (kmplessas@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 Kelly Plessas (kmplessas@gmail.com)

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