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  1. When is the LEAD Conference?
    The conference will take place on Friday, October 24, 2014. Attendee registration and coffee begin at 9:00 am, and the program will run from 9:30 am – 2:20 pm.
  2. Where is the LEAD Conference?
    The conference will be held in Lohrfink Auditorium in the Rafik B. Hariri Building on Georgetown University’s main campus, located at 37th & O Streets NW, in Washington, DC.

  3. What is the theme of the LEAD Conference? 

    Our 2014 Conference, The Power of Opinion: How Americans’ Preferences on Energy Point a Way Forward on Climate Change, will examine how American public opinion may hold the key to unlocking a politically viable path forward on energy policy and climate change. 

    The event has origins in the recent research of McCourt Professor David Konisky and Harvard’s Stephen Ansolabehere. Over the course of ten years, Konisky and Ansolabehere designed and conducted a series of nationally representative public opinion surveys on American’s attitudes toward energy.  The resulting book, Cheap and Clean: How Americans Think about Energy in the Age of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2014) presents the first comprehensive picture of how the American public understands energy, the environment, and climate change.

    The Power of Opinion: How Americans’ Preferences on Energy Point a Way Forward on Climate Change will examine the opportunities and challenges presented by this research, and how policymakers can leverage these findings toward meaningful changes in energy policy. 

  4. Who will attend?
    The conference is open to the public, and we expect a diverse audience interested in energy and environmental policy including policymakers, practitioners, researchers, students.

  5. How much does it cost to register?
    The LEAD Conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited and all attendees must register by the deadline. Register now at http://bit.ly/1rxSuLl.

  6. I am traveling to the conference from out of town. Where should I stay during the conference?
    Please visit the Travel and Accommodations section of the Georgetown University website for information on nearby hotels.

  7. Will the Conference be webcast?
    Yes. But we would rather you join us in person! If that is not possible, check back here closer to the event for the webcast link.

  8. Where should I park on the day of the conference?
    Due to the limited availability of parking on or near Georgetown’s campus, public transportation is recommended. Please see the Travel and Accommodations section of the Georgetown University website for more information. If using public transportation, be sure to plan accordingly and allocate additional time to travel.

  9. Are there accommodations at the Conference for guests with special needs? 
    Every effort will be made to accommodate our guests with special needs. When registering for the conference, please indicate any special needs you may have. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at leadconference@georgetown.edu.

  10. Whom do I contact if I have questions or suggestions?
    Please contact leadconference@georgetown.edu for any questions or concerns regarding the Conference.