Join us here for the regional CCL conference April 6-7!

Last updated February 29, 2024

By Erikah Haavie

A Community-Centered Climate Future

2024 CCL Southeast Conference

We’re proud to host Citizens Climate Lobby’s Southeast Regional Conference April 6-7 at Furman University.

Conference-goers will hear from leading experts pioneering the path to climate resilience and will be able to engage in thought-provoking conversations to spark change and make a tangible impact in your community.

Here are some highlights of the weekend’s program:


Keynote speaker
Jonathan Vigliotti, author of Before It’s Gone
1:25 p.m.-2:25 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Award-winning CBS National Correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti has reported on the impacts of climate change all over the globe. In a moving keynote, Jonathan will speak about how action on climate with respect for people and traditions is not only possible but also the only way to preserve what we love.


Panel discussion featuring
Bob Inglis, Empowering Conservative Climate Voices
2:35 p.m.-3:20 p.m. Saturday, April 6

In order to solve climate change, everyone should have a seat at the table. Former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis, Executive Director of RepublicEn, has devoted his career to helping conservatives navigate climate conversations.


To learn more or to register, visit our Event Brite page here.


Conference Schedule

Day 1 – Saturday, April 6, 2024

9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.:  Registration

10 a.m.-Noon:  Tours at the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities.
Take a tour of the Shi Institute, a sustainable showcase home located on Furman University’s campus, adjacent to an organic farm. This net-zero, LEED-certified hub unites environmental scientists, economists, urban planners, policy experts, students, faculty, community members, sustainability visionaries and elected officials to collaboratively foster and advance sustainable communities. Please note: space is limited and registration is required in advance.  Select either Tour 1 from 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. or Tour 2 from 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Climate Advocacy Hour
CCL’s State and Local Media Coordinator, Charlotte Ward, will lead an empowering session introducing participants to CCL’s transformational advocacy.  You’ll learn about CCL’s approach, the climate solutions they’re fighting for and how to effectively advocate for them. Whether you’re new to climate advocacy or looking to deepen your involvement, the training offers a valuable opportunity to contribute to our collective efforts for a sustainable future.

12 p.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch and music with Miami-based rapper Dane Myers, who will be performing sustainability-related original songs. Musicians may join in and perform together.

1 p.m.-1:25 p.m.: Welcome and Acknowledgements

1:25 p.m.-2:25 p.m.:   Keynote speaker CBS Correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti 

2:35 p.m.-3:20 p.m.:  Empowering Conservative Climate Voices featuring former Congressman Bob Inglis

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Session #1:  Beyond Echo Chambers: The transformational impact of Listening
Mary Anne Inglis, founder of My Neighbor’s Voice, joins Karina Ramírez, CCE Diversity and Inclusion Director, for an informative session on understanding what you do not understand. Using listening cards from My Neighbor’s Voice and a moderated format, participants will be invited to share their personal stories, thoughts and opinions about how to best live together. They will also discuss how to overcome climate challenges and focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Session #2:  Navigating CCL’s 2024 Policy Roadmap
Join CCL’s South Carolina State Coordinator Bill Blancato for a high-level overview of the policy opportunities CCL sees for the year ahead, based on its chosen policy areas and its Government Affairs team’s insights about the political landscape.

Session #3:  Concrete steps for business sustainability
For society to address the climate change challenge, businesses need to take a leadership role. The Shi Institute’s Executive Director Dr. Andrew Predmore will moderate a panel of business leaders including Mike Mos and Nicole Ray from EY addressing how to take tangible and effective steps to meet the moment.

4:50 p.m.-5 p.m. Closing Remarks, followed by evening social at Community Tap in Travelers Rest.


Day 2 – Sunday, April 7, 2024

8 a.m.-9 a.m.:  Coffee + Electric Cars
Sip on coffee as you get up close to various electric vehicles and ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask!

9 a.m.-9:10 a.m.:  Welcome

9:10 a.m.-9:55 a.m.:  Breakout Sessions

Session #1:  Fighting the Fog: Media approaches to countering climate disinformation
CCL’s Charlotte Ward will moderate a panel of experts, including WSPA news anchor Olivia Parsons and Furman Communications Studies faculty exploring the challenges traditional and new media face due to climate disinformation and how CCL volunteers can best engage with journalists to amplify climate solutions.

Session #2: Transformational Organizing
Join Debbie Chang, dynamic group leader of CCL’s Huntsville, AL chapter, who will share her tips on how to cultivate leadership for your chapter’s future.

Session #3:  Engaging Faith Communities in Climate Action
How does faith connect with climate action? During this thoughtful session, we will examine the intersection of care of Creation and environmental advocacy. The discussion will also cover how climate advocates can effectively engage faith communities.

10:05 a.m.-11 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Session #1:  Synergies for Change: Unifying Federal and Local Climate Opportunities
Successful federal climate solutions go hand-in-hand with opportunities and support at the local level. Does your town have measurable goals and plans to transition buildings, transportation and infrastructure to renewables? Join WNC CCL Chapter leader Steffi Rausch and a panel of experts as they outline the opportunities and how local climate action leads to more resilient and equitable communities.

Session #2:  Explore the Present and Future of AI with Dane Myers
Join Dane Myers, founder of, for an insightful discussion on artificial intelligence and sustainability. Explore the latest AI innovations and the uncertain direction it’s taking. This session is about sharing knowledge, understanding the challenges and thinking about sustainable and responsible AI development together.

Session #3:  Jay Bassett of CCL’s Electrification Action Team will explain why CCL’s building electrification and efficiency policy area is an important one. He will discuss EAT’s coalition-building tools and share approaches rooted in principles of effective community engagement.

11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m.:  Economies for people and planet
Join a panel of experts, including Furman Professor Dr. Brannon Andersen and Sheryl Guarniero from Make GVL Greener as they discuss transformative efforts that can lead to a climate-resilient economy. Up for discussion are alternative visions for the economy that are less extractive, more regenerative and build community.

12:10 p.m.-12:30 p.m.:  Closing Remarks

To register, visit the CCL EventBrite page!