Regional Conference


Citizens Climate Lobby Northeast Regional Conference, 2014

Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York
Saturday and Sunday, March 1 (12pm-7:30pm) & 2 (8:30am-12pm)

Conference Overview

Citizens Climate Lobby has staked new territory in dealing with Congress on climate change in a way that no other environmental organization has tried. And it’s having an impact on both Congress and our volunteers. CCLers who have been to our national conference in Washington DC and participated in our lobby day there, have called it life-changing, empowering, and inspiring. For our new regional conferences we have created a training experience that not only lets people who can’t get to DC gain the skills and confidence that will increase their lobbying effectiveness back in the district, but will allow all our volunteers, including people completely new to CCL, to increase their effectiveness wherever we are building relationships.

People sometimes wish for a formula that will enable us to have the perfect lobby meeting every time. But Members of Congress are humans like everyone else, each one different, and no formula can ever work. However, volunteers can learn and practice skills which will improve the chances of having perfect meetings. Our advanced lobby training focuses on the human element of working with people: creating opportunities from obstacles, listening, building rapport, and not being limited by one’s predisposed view of other people or their predisposed view of you.

Why Attend?

The 2014 Nor’easter Regional Conference has something for everybody. If you are new to CCL, you’ll get the background on CCL’s history, methods, and legislative efforts. If you’ve been a CCL member for a while (maybe even attended one or two national conferences) you will hear from Madeleine Para, our expert on recruiting and building chapters, about how to make the most of the time you put into CCL for yourself and your chapter. For everyone, Mark Reynolds will be providing exhaustive training on planning and conducting meetings with members of Congress and their aides. Educational keynotes to inform your lobbying efforts will be included, as well as an introduction to a strategic planning methodology that regions across the country are using to focus and make the most of their time spent working on CCL activities.

Because the conference is scaled down from the national conference, sessions will be more interactive and offer greater opportunities to get your questions answered by Mark, Madeleine, and other experienced CCL chapter leaders and members.

Last, but not least, you’ll want to attend for the people. CCLers are some of the most committed and caring people working to give future generations a chance at having a sustainable climate. Who better to spend a wonderful weekend with to recharge and get ready for the push to our national conference where we’ll have over 700 attendees conducting meetings with every office on Capitol Hill in June?

We hope to see you there!

Registration Information

Registration for the CCL Northeast Regional Conference can be done online. Please visit this link to register and pay for your registration fee:

Please note, this is a two step process. You are not registered for the conference until you submit the registration fee via PayPal.

The cost to attend the conference is $50 with an “early bird” registration by Saturday, February 15th. Registrations made after that date will be $65 per person, so please be sure to register early to avoid the additional fees.

The registration fee helps offset the costs of the conference which include venue fees, materials, speaker travel reimbursements, and costs associated with CCL Staff travel to and from the event. Your registration fee includes a catered buffet lunch and mid-afternoon snack with coffee and tea on March 1 and a light continental breakfast on March 2. Please note that dinner on March 1 will be considered “on your own.” There are suggestions below for places to eat in and around the University. We will probably be organizing trips to some of the local dining establishments at dinner time.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ashley Hunt-Martorano at Volunteering requires you to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of registration and staying 30 minutes after the event has concluded to help set up and tear down. Volunteers will be admitted to the conference for free and will be able to attend some selected talks as time and staffing permits. Tasks may include helping with registration, vendor assistance, providing directions to the venue, handing out information, assisting the caterers with setting up food, moving tables and chairs, and other tasks not listed here.

Volunteer opportunities are on a first-come first-served basis and are very limited in number. Preference will be given to students or those demonstrating difficulty in affording the registration fee.

Social Media Center

We have a Facebook event for the conference, which anyone who is going is encouraged to RSVP for. Please share this event with your Facebook community.

Follow the Long Island chapter’s Twitter account, @cclli, for updates throughout the conference.

Follow the official Citizens Climate Lobby Twitter account @CitizensClimate for information about CCL and the event.

For general information about the 2014 CCL Northeast Regional Conference, you can view details included in this document on the WordPress page managed by the Long Island chapter.

Media & Press

All media and press inquiries should be directed to Ashley Hunt-Martorano at or 631-525-2382. We do have a limited number of seats for reporters interested in covering our event.

For CCL Group Leaders, please try to generate some press about the folks coming from your area for the conference. Let the media know you are attending ahead of time and promise to generate some LTEs or OpEds post-conference.


Conference Schedule (subject to change)

12:00-12:30 Registration (Zodiac Gallery)
12:30-2:00 Lunch (Zodiac Gallery)
Welcome and Introductions (brief appearance by Mark) (12:45)
Keynote (Charles Komanoff) (1:00-2:00)
2:15-3:15 New Members: Our history, methods, and legislation           (Lecture Hall 2)
Existing Members:  You are your chapter: How to get and give the most as a CCL team member.                                                                         (Zodiac Gallery)
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-5:00 Advanced Lobby Training, Part 1 (Lecture Hall 2)
5:00-5:30 Break (Zodiac Gallery)
5:30-6:30 Local impacts of climate change (Minghua Zhang) (Lecture Hall 2)
6:30-7:30 State Strategic Planning (Lecture Hall 2 & Zodiac Gallery)
7:30- ? Social time & Dinner on your own
8:30-9:00 Breakfast (Theater Lobby)
9:00-12:00 Advanced Lobby Training, Part 2 (Lecture Hall 2)


The conference is being held at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.

Getting to the Conference


Attendees are able to park in the main parking garage directly across from the Wang Center free of charge on Saturday and Sunday March 1st & 2nd. If you are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook, there is free parking at the hotel and the Charles B. Wang Center (conference venue) is within walking distance (3-5 minutes).

Public Transportation

Stony Brook is accessible by public transportation from NYC by Long Island Rail Road. At Penn Station (34th St. and 7th Ave., Manhattan) you’ll take the Port Jefferson line; Stony Brook University is the second to last stop on the line. You’ll need to transfer at either the Jamaica or Huntington stop. Information about fares is available here.


A private bus company, 7Bus, offers direct transportation from Manhattan to Stony Brook University. The bus is substantially cheaper than the LIRR. Registration in advance is strongly recommended. The most convenient bus pickup is on Lexington Ave. between 39th and 40th streets; this is about one mile’s walk from Penn Station. You can shorten the trip by taking the 1/2/3 lines to Times Square and then the 7/S lines to Grand Central Terminal.


The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company operates a ferry service that travels about a dozen times per day between Bridgeport, CT and Port Jefferson, NY. Port Jefferson is less than five miles from Stony Brook. You can ride on foot, or in your car for an additional fee. If you ride on foot, we will be able to arrange a limited number of rides from Port Jefferson to the Stony Brook campus. Alternatively, you can use Suffolk County Transit’s bus service; take the S60 bus from the ferry to Stony Brook University. Reservations in advance are strongly recommended.

Airport Transportation Options

Long Island Mac Arthur Airport

Distance from Hotel:16 mi.
Drive Time:30 min.

La Guardia Airport

Distance from Hotel:50 mi.
Drive Time:70 min.

John F. Kennedy International Airport

Distance from Hotel:51 mi.
Drive Time:70 min.

Ride Shares

Check with your group leader who will either be coordinating ride shares for your chapter or know the person in charge of your chapter’s ride sharing info.

  1. From New England

The most convenient route from New England to Stony Brook is via the Bridgeport/Port Jefferson ferry. Chapters will coordinate carpools leaving Saturday morning from various points around Massachusetts and south. Members coming from NH, VT, and ME can arrange to stay with members in Southern New England overnight on Friday to make travel easier.

  1. From New Jersey

Chapters will coordinate carpools leaving Saturday morning from various points around New Jersey.

  1. From Upstate

Chapters will coordinate carpools leaving Saturday morning from various points around the eastern half of Upstate NY. Members coming from western regions can arrange to stay with members in the eastern part of the state overnight on Friday to make travel easier.

Hotel Information

A block of 15 double occupancy Queen- and King-sized rooms have been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook for Friday, February 28 to Sunday, March 2 under the reservation code Citizens Climate Lobby. The cost is $109 plus tax ($11.68) per night with this group rate (total $121.67). You can book online or call the hotel with the special rates code of “CCL”. (See contact/link below).

These special rates are good until February 3, 2014, so do not hesitate to make your reservation!

This hotel is located on the campus of Stony Brook University and is within walking distance (3-5 minutes) to the conference venue. The rooms are equipped with a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and free WiFi. Breakfast is NOT included at this discounted rate.

Hotel Address:

Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook
1 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
TEL: 1-631-941-2980
FAX: 631-941-2999

Room Sharing

If you have booked a room and would like a roommate(s) to split the cost, consider listing yourself in this GoogleForm.  Once you have confirmed  sharing and do not have space available, please access the Spreadsheet and in the last column type “CLAIMED.”

If you have not booked a room but would like to share, please peruse this list of available room shares and contact the person who reserved the room directly to make arrangements.

Explore Stony Brook

  • The Green Cactus Grill specializes in Mexican food, serving tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more. It is across the street from the LIRR train station.

  • The Bench Bar and Grill offers standard American fare. They have a bar and serve a number of beers, wines and liquors. They also have a number of televisions for football games, etc. It is across the street from the LIRR train station.

  • Station Pizza and Brew serves the usual Italian fare and has plenty of pizza options. It is across the street from the LIRR train station.

  • The Curry Club is a family-style Indian restaurant, with a wide variety of menu options. It is located just northeast of campus, near the intersection of Nicolls Rd. and Route 25A.

  • Bliss Restaurant serves Italian and American entrees. It is near the Curry Club on Route 25A.

  • Cabo Fresh serves Mexican food and is similar to a Moe’s or Chipotle.


Keynotes and Plenaries

Conference Keynote Speaker
Saturday, March 1
1:00 PM
Charles Komanoff

Local Impacts Plenary Speaker
Saturday, March 1
5:30 PM
Minghua Zhang

Presenter Info

Mark Reynolds

Our history, methods, and legislation
Advanced Lobby Training, Part 1
Advanced Lobby Training, Part 2

Mark Reynolds, Citizens Climate Lobby Executive Director, joined the staff in 2009 at which point there were six groups and 24 active volunteers.  He has been the driving force for the growth of the organization causing it to double in size for five consecutive years. Currently there are over 148 chapters and more than 3,000 volunteers. Mr. Reynolds wrote and developed the curriculum for training groups. He is a sought after keynote speaker on the issues of carbon pricing and building grassroots support. Previously he was an executive director for a publicly traded company, founded and built multiple start-ups and was a productivity and effectiveness consultant for US and Canadian companies.

Madeleine Para

You are your chapter
State Strategic Planning
Advanced Lobby Training, Part 2

Madeleine Para, Program Director, came to CCL after 11 years of teaching kindergarten. She distinguished herself after starting the Madison chapter as clearly the most productive organizer CCL management had seen. She was the first regional coordinator to fill every congressional district in her state with a volunteer lobby team and has started to expand that program into other Midwestern states. Madeleine believes and has demonstrated that the same skill set one uses to motivate kindergarteners to stay focused and productive also works with activist volunteers. As a volunteer, while teaching, she founded and managed both the CCL and 350 groups for Madison. Ms. Para was arrested during the Keystone Pipeline protest.

Charles Komanoff

Conference Keynote Speaker

Charles Komanoff is a consultant and authority on U.S. energy, transport and environment; electricity generation costs; energy usage and supply; bicycling; road pricing; traffic crashes; social and environmental costs and benefits of competing energy and transport modes. He is director of the consulting firm Komanoff Energy Associates, ‘re-founder’ and president emeritus of the renowned advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, a founding trustee of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, coordinator of the pedestrian-rights organization Right Of Way, and director of the Carbon Tax Center. His work combines expertise in policy analysis, a flair for expressing numerical and economic data in concrete terms, and a passion for progressive social change. Komanoff graduated with honors from Harvard College with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics.

Minghua Zhang

Conference Speaker

Minghua Zhang is Dean and Director of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. He received his PhD at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He joined Stony Brook in 1988 as a postdoctoral scholar. He later became an Assistant and Associate Professor, then Professor and Director of the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres for ten years, and Associate Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences for eight years before he became Dean of SoMAS. He is also the Director of the Marine Sciences Research Center. Dr. Zhang’s research concerns numerical modeling of climate and global climate change. It includes development and analysis of physical parameterizations in general circulation models, diagnostic study of feedback processes in the climate system, understanding of past and future climate changes, by using models and measurements from satellites and other sources. Dr. Zhang is Principal Investigator of the US Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program (ARM) and the Climate Change andPrediction Program (CCPP), Principal Investigator of the NASA Modeling and Analysis Program (MAP), and a past recipient of the Early Faculty Award of the National Science Foundation. He has authored or co-authored more than 90 papers and a book on climate andatmospheric sciences. He has served on several editorial boards, including as Editor of the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES). He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the US Department of Energy on Biological and Environmental Research, the Steering Committee of the International Global Water and Energy Cycle Program, and Expert Steering Committee of the Global Change Program of the Chinese Ministry of Science andTechnology. He is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Why Sponsor?

Sponsorship levels include:

Climate Friends – Donation of $100-$199

  • Thanked on the Conference Agenda under the “sponsors” section and via signage at the registration table.

Climate Supporters – Donation of $200-$299

  • Thanked in the same method as above,
  • Thanked during the Welcome and Opening remarks.

Climate Champions – Donations of $300-$499

  • Thanked in the same methods as above,
  • Host a vendor table for both days of the conference
  • Conference admittance for one person, including the meals that the conference registration covers

Climate Heroes – Donation of $500 or more

  • Thanked in the same methods as above,
  • Host a vendor table for both days of the conference,
  • Distribute a brochure of company at the registration table along with the Conference Agenda,
  • Thanks to the company in two conference emails before and after the conference including a link to the company’s website,
  • Logo and link on the conference website,
  • Conference admittance for two people, including the meals that the conference registration covers

Become a Sponsor

To become a sponsor of the first annual CCL Northeast Regional Conference, please contact Ashley Hunt-Martorano at Please note: if you donate at the Climate Heroes level and wish to host a vendor table, there is an application that Stony Brook University requires you to fill out and submit 14 days before the event. Please be sure to contact Ashley for a copy of the permit and return it to her no later than Friday, 2/14/14.

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