National Forum

2023 National Forum

August 10-12, 2023



NCEL Point of Contact

Taylor Anderson
Communications Director


Register Today for NCEL’s 2023 National Forum

NCEL will host its annual National Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana from Thursday, August 10 – Saturday, August 12. All Forum sessions will take place at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, with an option to join virtually.

COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend NCEL events.

About the National Forum

The Forum is an opportunity for environmental state legislators from across the country to network and exchange ideas on a variety of environmental issues, learn about trending solutions, and collaborate on an agenda for a healthier planet and healthier people. Please note that registration is limited to state legislators.

Please note that this year, you will be responsible for booking your lodging. You will receive a link to book your hotel room with NCEL’s discounted rate after registering. Reimbursements are available to cover the cost of hotel and airfare. Please contact, if prepurchasing the hotel and/or flight is a barrier to registration.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the conference begin and end?

The forum will begin at approximately 5:00 PM ET on Thursday, August 10. The event will conclude at 2:00 PM ET on Saturday, August 12. 

Where is the conference taking place?

Lodging and all Forum events will be at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown at 350 W Maryland Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

What if I want to stay at this hotel during the NCSL Summit?

The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is one of the official NCSL hotels. You will be able to extend your stay while booking your room with the NCEL room block. We recommend registering for both NCEL and NCSL meetings as soon as possible to ensure your spot, as the hotels tend to fill up quickly.

Additionally, NCEL members who attend NCSL are encouraged to join its Natural Resources and Infrastructure committee, as that is the committee most likely to consider environmental issues.

Who is allowed to attend?

Only state legislators currently holding office are invited to register. Attendees may also bring one spouse/partner by registering them with a guest ticket.

How much does registration cost and what does it cover?

$150 – In-person registration to the Forum August 10-12, 2023 

$50 – Online registration to the Forum August 11-12, 2023

In-person registration includes:

  • Entrance to all plenary and breakout sessions.
  • All forum meals, including two breakfasts, two lunches, break snacks, and one dinner.
  • Unlimited coffee and hot tea during the forum.
  • All conference materials including a printed conference program and attendee list.
  • Access to all session recordings, presentations, and materials.
  • Registration does not include lodging.

Please note that this year, we are asking attendees to book their own hotel. When possible, we also request that attendees cover lodging and travel from campaign or personal funds.

Hotel and flight reimbursements up to $1,000 per attendee will be available if needed. Please contact with questions.

If pre-purchasing the hotel or flight is a barrier to registration, please contact so we can assist.

Online registration will include live and recorded access to all forum sessions and all materials presented at the Forum.

How do I reserve my hotel room?

The discounted room rate at Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is $199 per night and the link to access that price will be made available upon completion of registration. NCEL staff recommend booking rooms as soon as possible to ensure availability. Reservations at the hotel must be made by July 26, after which the hotel will release NCEL’s room block. NCEL is offering hotel scholarships on an as-needed basis.

Are hotel and flight scholarships available?

NCEL is offering hotel and flight reimbursements up to $1,000 per attendee on an as-needed basis. Please contact if you have any questions.

In case of an emergency or last-minute conflict, how do I cancel my registration?

If necessary, please contact with your cancelation. 

NCEL is able to offer a full refund up to four weeks before the event and a 50% refund up to two weeks before the event.

With our hotel and meal counts finalized weeks before the event, we are unable to offer refunds for cancelations within two weeks.

Will any of the sessions be available remotely?

There will be an option for virtual participation this year. The virtual registration fee is $50 and you will have access to all sessions via live stream as well as all materials presented at the Forum.

Can legislative staff attend?

Staff of environmental legislators are welcome to register virtually for this event. Please contact us separately if you have any questions on the matter. 

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