Upcoming Webinars

Polling 101: What is it, when and how to utilize it

You don’t have to be a polling expert to utilize polling data in your work. Polling is an important tool in the movement’s toolbox and any advocate can gain an understanding of how to interpret poll data and to glean strategic guidance from it. Join the Lab and the Environmental Polling Consortium (EPC) for an introductory webinar on utilizing public opinion research for your campaigns. 

This webinar will:

  • Demystify polling and show how it can be a powerful tool for climate advocacy; 
  • Provide direction on where to find relevant polling data and how to utilize it in your advocacy;
  • Share examples of how organizations in the movement have used polling to super-charge their advocacy; and
  • Answer questions participants have!

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Introduction to psychological safety: A prerequisite for team learning and high performance

Randall Smith, PowerLabs

Have you had concerns about a team project and didn’t share it with others? Or been part of a team where you couldn’t speak up with questions? These self-protective behaviors help us manage others’ perceptions of us. No one wants to look ignorant, incompetent, intrusive or negative. But withholding your voice can have significant negative consequences for the team. It deprives the team of the full range of the team members’ knowledge, skill and experience and makes it less likely that the team will learn and achieve its purpose.

Tips & How-Tos

Values-Based Organizing Training

Michael MacMiller and Jabari Brooks, Partnership for Southern Equity

In this training, you will glean insights from Partnership for Southern Equity and their values-based organizing model, contextualized by their short film The 4th Arm which explores how centering values and lived experience is critical to the work of organizing and central to our ability to achieve energy and climate justice. This training will help you:

  • Develop the skills necessary to be an effective community organizer 
  • Gain an understanding of value-based community organizing
  • Deepen your understanding of allyship and allies
  • Explore what it means to build power and "systems change"

Tips & How-Tos

Insights from 76 Climate Persuasion Tests

Justin Rolfe-Redding, Climate Advocacy Lab, Jacob Rode, and Caitlin Benedict

Optimize your climate messaging with the surprising results and important guidance gleaned from 76 climate persuasion experiments, presented by the social scientists who collectively analyzed them. Individual studies come out all the time (and the Lab loves to let you know about all of them), but it can be difficult to piece together the big picture from all the data points. That’s why it’s so valuable when researchers occasionally comprehensively review and synthesize a whole body of studies, such as this combined analysis of dozens of separate climate persuasion experiments in the US from the last 10 years. The social scientists will also share insights from their review of research on reducing political polarization on climate.

Research & Articles

Polling Insights: Care & Climate Narratives

Climate Advocacy Lab, Feminist Green New Deal Coalition

The Feminist Green New Deal Coalition released a report with Data for Progress that finds there is a strong shared belief that care should be central to climate, workforce, and infrastructure policies. In the midst of intersecting economic crises, climate crises, and the ongoing infrastructure fights, these findings reiterate that people want bold economic investments that center care for people and the planet.

Planning for a future that centers well-being for people and the planet requires an understanding of the intersectionality of the ongoing crises of care and climate, the ways in which policy can deliver intersectional solutions, and the narratives that help and hurt this cause. Join the Climate Advocacy Lab with Tamara Toles O'Laughlin (EGA), Kahea Pacheco (Women's Earth Alliance), Amanda Novello (Data for Progress), and Mara Dolan (WEDO) for a deep dive into the report's findings as well as relevant takeaways for climate advocates and their work.

Research & Articles

Implementing the Portland Clean Energy Fund: Challenges and Opportunities

Climate Advocacy Lab with Portland Clean Energy Fund

In 2018, the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) campaign secured a landslide ballot measure victory in Portland, establishing a multi-million dollar municipal fund that addresses climate, economic, and racial justice by providing funding for renewable energy projects, job training and apprenticeship programs, and regenerative agriculture. Last year, we got to look “under the hood” with PCEF Steering Committee members to cover the history of the campaign, what PCEF does, and how the community-led coalition was able to win at the ballot box. 

In a follow-up webinar, we came back together to share new developments on the victory and cover topics including:

  • How has PCEF been implemented, and how is it helping the community build political power? 
  • What lessons have been learned since winning the legislation, and what challenges and insights does that bring? 
  • What would it take to replicate this winning model in your own context and municipality?

Research & Articles

How to Raise Fast Unrestricted Money for Your Campaign on Facebook

Climate Advocacy Lab and Digital Climate Coalition

Facebook Fundraisers are a powerful and free platform to raise fast unrestricted money for individuals and causes. You'll learn the pro-tips to raise the maximum dollars possible, year-round.

You'll learn:

  • 8 expert tips to maximize your fundraising haul
  • How to raise money year-round using your website and donor database
  • Why the limitations of Facebook Fundraisers, can actually work to your advantage
  • Why peer-to-peer platforms utilize best practices for activating your friends

Tips & How-Tos

Resilience Before Disaster Interactive Webinar

Climate Advocacy Lab; Amee Ravel, Asian Pacific Environmental Network​; Marguerite Young, Service Employees International Union​; Sam Appel, BlueGreen Alliance​; Shina Robinson​, Asian Pacific Environmental Network​

This interactive webinar covered the process of how this collaboration between environmental justice and labor forces was facilitated, how they built a shared vision around resilience, a rundown of the report's key findings, and a guided activity for how to apply the report's insights to participants' local communities and organizing work.

Research & Articles

Ask Me Anything with US Department of Energy Secretary Granholm

Climate Advocacy Lab

Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm went live for a special 30-minute “Ask me Anything” (AMA) exclusively for the Climate Advocacy Lab community. The US Department of Energy will be critical to the fight to stop climate change. Listen as community members ask questions of USDOE Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm. Our goal with this event is to get information to the field about the priorities of the US DOE and to uncover opportunities for the field to have more impact on these issues.

Research & Articles

Making a Clean Energy Future an Equitable One

The Climate Advocacy Lab with the Regulatory Assistance Project

In this webinar, the Lab team is joined by the Regulatory Assistance Project to explore recommendations from the new report Energy Infrastructure: Sources of Inequities and Policy Solutions for Improving Community Health and Wellbeing.

In addition to the report, participants also learn from advocates across the country fighting for an equitable clean energy future. Contributing speakers shared their reflections and lessons learned from a variety of perspectives on what it takes to achieve energy equity, including how they're financing low-income solar, how they're growing solar through state-level policy, and how to work in strong coalition.

Contributing speakers include: Donna Brutkoski, Communications Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project; Yesenia Rivera, Director of Energy Equity and Inclusion, Solar United Neighbors; and Jacqueline Hutchinson, Vice President of Operations, People’s Community Action Corporation.

Tips & How-Tos

Webinar: What advocates can take away from 10 years of surveying "Climate Change in the American Mind"

Climate Advocacy Lab, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

The "Alarmed" is the largest "Six Americas" segment for the first time. Americans in every congressional district are willing to join a climate campaign, if asked. We still aren't having enough conversations with family and friends about climate change.

10 years of surveys from Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) and George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) have yielded thousands of data points to help us better understand “Climate Change in the American Mind” – but teasing out actionable insights as an advocate can be challenging.

This webinar helps advocates dig through the data to uncover key climate opinion trends, learn about available tools for visualizing and tracking public opinion, and share examples of how partners have applied these insights to advance campaigns.

Our speakers and contributors included:

  • Joshua Low, Partnership Director at YPCCC
  • John Kotcher, Research Assistant Professor at 4C
  • Eric Fine, Project Manager at YPCCC
  • Parrish Bergquist, Post-Doc Associate at YPCCC

Research & Articles