CLEO's 2018 Annual Celebration

On October 23rd, 2018, CLREO celebrated another year of climate action and engagement with the community at the Sacred Space in Miami.

Our event was a huge success, with nearly 200 attendees. We were honored to host as our keynote speaker, Paul Hawken from Project Drawdown. He spoke about the many ways that we can combat climate change and why it’s so important to stay focused on the solutions at hand.

During our Circle of Change awards, we also took the opportunity to celebrate members of our community that are taking positive environmental action such as:

Paul Hawken for his book Drawdown – Writer and editor of the most comprehensive book ever written to reverse global warming. Project Drawdown is a unique coalition of researchers, policy makers, business leaders, and activists who researched, assembled, and modeled the best available information on solutions to global warming. The goal is to describe the beneficial financial, social and environmental impact of existing solutions that can be scaled over the next thirty years. This book not only shows the path to a sustainable future, but proves there is hope to the most challenging crisis of our lifetime.

The Miami Herald, WLRN, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and Palm Beach Post for The Invading Sea – This first-of-its-kind collaboration has reshaped the way media reports on climate change. In addition to helping educate the public on the realities of climate change and how it is impacting our community, it also highlights what our elected officials are doing. With all the misinformation that is currently out there, this collaboration is not only welcomed by The CLEO Institute and the science community, but we consider it a vital part of building climate literacy and climate action in the community.

The Saltwater Brewery Company for their Eco 6-Pack Rings for Sea Turtles – The microbrewery saw a problem and invented an ingenious solution. This revolutionary product is biodegradable, and if it ends up in the ocean it turns into food for sea turtles. Plastic is made from fossil fuels, and is a product of the oil and gas industry. By eliminating the plastic rings, Saltwater Brewery is providing a solution that lowers their carbon footprint. This small local business has shown the beverage industry how a circular economy approach to problems can put us on a path towards a more sustainable future.

We also recognized people who have gone above and beyond to help mitigate climate change by inducting them into CLEO's prestigious Leadership Circle. This years inductees were:

  • Albert Gomez

  • Joanna Lombard

  • Nancy Metayer

  • Bereatha Howard

  • Susan Windmiller

  • Simon Rose

We thank all those that attended and supported us, including our corporate sponsors of the evening: