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On Thursday, September 12, CLEO hosted its fourth and final workshop in the second Allapattah edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women program.
Held at the Allapattah Branch Library, the workshop was titled “We Lead” and taught attendees how to use mindfulness as a leadership tool.
On Tuesday, September 10, more than 20 individuals attended the launch of the third and final cohort of the 2019 CLEO Speaker’s Network at the Center for Social Change. This fall cohort featured people from all ages and background, including our youngest speaker to be certified, 5th grader -Christopher Lyons!
After a brief program introduction by Olivia Collins, CLEO’s Director of Programs, the session officially launched with the formal climate training. Natalie Rivas, the CSN coach and CLEO’s Program Manager, led students through a two-hour-long training that covered the causes and effects of climate change, as well as tangible solutions.
On Sunday, September 8, The CLEO Institute joined Alianza for Progress during their Green Encuentro Environmental Symposium at Albizu University. Yoca Arditi-Rocha, CLEO’s Executive Director, served on a panel for an in-depth analysis and conversation about the impacts of sea level rise on communities.
The audience, comprised largely of Latino residents, learned the latest statistics of sea level rise and what is being done to address it.
With hurricane season well underway, The CLEO Institute spearheaded a hurricane preparedness discussion in the Little River/West Little River neighborhood as part of a Miami-Dade County grant. On Thursday, September 5, CLEO had its 2nd Climate and Hurricane Preparedness Talk.
The workshop was facilitated by Natalie Rivas, the Program Manager, and Julieta Rodrigo, the Program Coordinator.
On Thursday, August 29, CLEO hosted its third workshop in the second Allapattah edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women program.
On Saturday, August 17, the CLEO Institute collaborated with Dibia Dream for their STEM Saturday event. Their STEM Saturdays initiative transforms community centers into “Incubators of Excellence” by engaging youth ages 7-16 in STEM activities on the weekends at no cost to participants and their families.
Olivia Collins, CLEO’s Director of Programs, helped the other volunteers set up and run the activities.
On Thursday, August 15, CLEO hosted its second workshop in the second Allapattah edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women program.
Held at the Allapattah Branch Library, the workshop was titled “We PREPARE” and taught attendees how to prepare for the impacts of intensified hurricanes with a focus on financial preparedness.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools invited CLEO to their Professional Development Day that took place August 8 at Miami-Dade College North Campus. Science teachers and department heads who wanted to know more about integrating climate science into their curriculum attended 2 informational sessions led by the Director of Development, Natalia Ortiz and Program Manager, Natalie Rivas.
On Saturday, August 10, River of Grass Unitarian Universalist Congregation, located in Broward County, hosted an inaugural meeting of several different South Florida environmental groups to discuss how the congregation and each group might work together moving forward. Phoenix Gonzalez, CLEO’s Faith-Based Outreach intern, represented CLEO.
At the meeting, they discussed how to expand presence, foster better communication and attendance at events, and work toward more inclusivity and diversity within organizations.
On Thursday, August 8, CLEO staff kicked off the Climate Talks at Arcola Lakes Library. The workshop was facilitated by Natalie Rivas, the Program Manager, and Olivia Collins, the Director of Programs. It began with a 30-minute Climate 101, where Natalie explained the science, impacts and solutions of the climate crisis. Olivia followed with a detailed 20-minute hurricane preparedness component, expanding on what kind of items make a complete hurricane kit and what county and community resources are available to residents.
On Saturday, August 3, The CLEO Institute participated in the “Are You Ready?” Community Fair. It was spearheaded by the Miami Dade Chapter of the NAACP and was held at the Arcola Lakes Branch Library. CLEO’s Program Manager, Natalie Rivas, spoke to families, parents, and students about intensified hurricanes preparedness.
On Saturday, August 3, CLEO presented a Climate Change 101 at the Lebanon Seventh Day Adventist Church in Allapattah. Olivia Collins, CLEO’s Director of Programs, led the presentation and provided a general overview of global warming, the main impacts in South Florida and opportunities and solutions that are immediately available to us.
On Thursday, August 1, CLEO hosted its first workshop in the second Allapattah edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women program. A record-breaking 30+ people were in attendance.
Held at the Allapattah Branch Library, the workshop was titled “We LEARN” and taught participants the basics of human-enhanced climate change, its impacts in our daily lives and what solutions can be practiced today.
On Tuesday, July 30, we celebrated the graduates who successfully completed the CLEO Speakers Network at the Center 4 Social Change. Caroline Lewis, the founder of The CLEO Institute, as well as Yoca Arditi-Rocha, the Executive Director, joined the celebration and congratulated the speakers for their achievement. Fernando Migliassi, an Eco-Entrepreneu and CSN graduate from a previous cohort, also attended the celebration and highlighted how the program has benefited him.
On Tuesday, July 23, five students from Cohort 2 received their certifications from the CLEO Speaker’s Network. The speakers successfully discussed the science, urgency and proposed solutions to the climate emergency.
Speakers connected the dots of climate change to civic engagement, the importance of plants and trees, and how air pollution is affect South Floridians.
The final cohort of 2019 will run from September through October. Registration opens August 1st, 2019.
On Friday, July 19, the students of the Climate Design Lab presented their design proposals to solve climate-related problems in several communities. The groups focused on four particular communities in South Florida: West Kendall, the area around Booker T. Washington High School, Hialeah, and Miami Gardens.
The panel of jurors was comprised of professionals with backgrounds in environmental science, government, and architecture.
On Tuesday, July 16, five students from Cohort 2 received their certifications from the CLEO Speaker’s Network. The speakers successfully discussed the science, urgency and proposed solutions to the climate emergency.
Speakers connected the dots of climate change to immigration, ethical consumption and how local government employees can highlight the climate crisis in the workplace.
The final cohort of 2019 will run from September through October. Registration opens August 1st, 2019.
On Saturday, July 13, the CLEO Institute gave a Climate Change 101 presentation at the Zero Hour Youth Climate Summit.
The presentation was given by Julieta Rodrigo, CLEO’s Program Coordinator.
On Friday, July 12, 2019 CLEO’s Program Manager, Natalie, was invited to Orlando to participate in the American Society of Landscape Architects Conference “Unveiling Climate Change at Ground Zero” session.
Natalie’s discussion was centered on “Climate Action” in Florida and focused on solutions ranging from the individual, state, local and federal levels.
Hurricane Preparedness Coalition event in Overtown.
On Tuesday, July 9, three students from Cohort 2 received their certifications from the CLEO Speaker’s Network. The speakers successfully discussed the science, urgency and proposed solutions to the climate emergency.
Some speakers pulled from their past experience in the automotive industry and connected the dots with renewable energy and another discussed how proper waste management is essential for public health.
On Monday, July 1, CLEO, in partnership with the Van Alen Institute, launched its second annual Climate Design Lab. This three-week program allows high school students from across the county to get immersed in climate education and gain hands-on knowledge to become a community advocate.
Many of our GenCLEO gang showed up for the Underwater Rally that took place June 27th, during the first democratic debates in Miami.
On Wednesday, June 26, CLEO and its partners hosted a discussion, panel and hands-on activities designed to inform and empower locals around climate action. More than 250 people were in attendance.
On Wednesday, June 19, the CLEO Institute hosted its third and last Climate Talks workshop of 2019 in Little Havana. More than 20 people were in attendance.
The event was hosted at the Hispanic Branch Library of Miami Dade County with the aim to inform residents on the impacts of climate change to their health and quality of life and what they can do to become an engaged participant in the mitigation and adaptation of their community.
On Tuesday, June 18, thirty students (and a few professors) gathered at the Center for Social Change for a GenCLEO meeting. Led by Caroline Lewis, CLEO’s founder, the students learned the impacts of climate change on the Earth’s atmosphere and the environment, as well as how to connect the dots of the climate crisis, such as how climate change is linked to loss of biodiversity, national security issues, economic challenges, and more.
On Thursday, June 13, the CLEO Institute hosted its fourth and final workshop in the second Overtown edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women program. Held at the YWCA, the workshop was titled “We Lead & Inspire” and focused on leadership skills and empowerment.
On Tuesday, June 11, more than 20 individuals attended the launch of the second cohort of the 2019 CLEO Speaker’s Network at the Center for Social Change. This summer cohort featured people from all ages and included a wide variety of careers including a nurse practitioner, hospitality business owner, city government official, and students. A fully vegetarian dinner was served.
On Thursday, June 6, more than 60 people gathered at The Office Gallery in the Design District to listen to a CLEO talk about the overlap between climate change and fashion, and how conscious manufacturing and shopping habits can move us toward a more sustainable future.
This event was done in collaboration with fashion designers Felder Felder.
On Wednesday, June 5, more than twenty students and teachers gathered at the Center for Social Change for a GenCLEO meeting. Caroline Lewis, CLEO’s founder, and Yoca Arditi-Rocha, CLEO’s Executive Director, launched the session by teaching attendees how to reply to difficult climate questions such as the effectiveness of strikes/rallies and how cities can afford to tackle climate change.
On Wednesday. May 8, Olivia Collins, CLEO’s Director of Programs, gave a Climate 101 talk to twenty residents at West Kendall Regional Library, hosted in the library’s YouMake Miami Space. Attendees ranged from 12 to 70 years old. The presentation covered the causes and impacts of climate change, as well as tangible solutions. Following the presentation, attendees wrote letters to their commissioners to express their concerns about climate change, asking them to take action.
On Friday, May 3, the CLEO Institute sponsored the Miami Youth Climate Strike that took place in front of Miami Beach City Hall. More than 40 students participated, and various attendees wore green in solidarity.
On Thursday, May 2, CLEO launched the second Overtown edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women program. Hosted at the YWCA in Overtown, this program consists of 4 workshops to teach women and girls about the causes, effects and impacts of climate change, as well as offer leadership training to empower participants to become change-makers and advocates.
On Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, more than 250 people gathered at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus to attend CLEO’s ninth annual Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Symposium. Held in collaboration with FIU’s Sea Level Solutions Center, this event was one of the most important climate and resilience symposiums in South Florida.
On Saturday, April 20, three CLEO volunteers tabled at the “Celebrating Planet Earth” event hosted in the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Mariana Boldu, Andy Chabassol and Steven Eisenberg engaged with community members, explained to them the impacts of climate change, and gave them resources on how to get involved in making South Florida a more resilient and safe place to live.
On Saturday, April 13, Claudia Sebastiani, CLEO’s Program Manager, tabled at Deering Estate during the Baynanza event. In collaboration with the Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience, she talked about how climate change impacts sea level rise.
On Friday, April 12, Caroline Lewis, CLEO’s Founder, participated in the Miami Area Future Visioning Workshop. The workshop covered Miami’s past and current vulnerability. Small teams were created to assess Miami’s goals and challenges, strategies and targets, and create vision plans.
On Wednesday, April 10, Yoca Arditi-Rocha, CLEO’s Executive Director, represented the organization in a Sea Level Rise Strategy Workshop. This event represented the second of four in a series, with the goal of providing guidance on how Miami-Dade County can prepare for sea level rise in a comprehensive and cohesive way.
On Tuesday, April 9, Natalia Ortiz, CLEO’s Director of Development, gave a Climate 101 talk to forty-three students from La Salle High School. The presentation covered the causes and impacts of climate change, as well as tangible solutions.
On Tuesday, April 9, twenty-three participants joined a webinar to learn about the Energy Innovation Act. Hosted by the CLEO Institute and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the purpose of this webinar was to provide information about the bill and shed clarity on terms like carbon fees, border adjustment and the carbon dividend trust fund.
On Thursday, April 4, Olivia Collins, CLEO’s Director of Programs, represented the organization in a Sea Level Rise Strategy Workshop. This event represented the first of four in a series, with the goal of providing guidance on how Miami-Dade County can prepare for sea level rise in a comprehensive and cohesive way.
On Tuesday, March 26, the CLEO Institute hosted its fourth and final workshop in the Allapattah edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women and Girls. Held at the YMCA, the workshop was titled “We Lead & Inspire” and provided attendees examples of women being changemakers in the community in the art and climate change sector.
On Thursday, March 21, Yoca Arditi-Rocha, CLEO’s Executive Director, served on a panel during the second annual Environmental Justice Symposium and Fair at Broward College North Campus. The panel was titled “From Farm to Food Systems” and explored agricultural policy and farmworkers’ experiences in Florida.
On Wednesday, March 20, Julieta Rodrigo, CLEO’s Program Coordinator, attended Sustainapalooza, an environmentally-conscious student and community event held at Miami Dade College North Campus.
On Monday, March 18, seven students from Cohort 1 received their certifications for the CLEO Speaker’s Network. This event represented the culmination of a three-part series.
On Friday, March 15, the CLEO Institute sponsored the Youth Climate Strike that took place in front of Miami Beach City Hall. More than 50 attendees participated, and many wore green in solidarity.
On Monday, March 11, five students from Cohort 1 received their certifications for the CLEO Speaker’s Network. This event represented the culmination of a three-part series.
On Monday, March 11, eight GenCLEO students met at Cushman High School to plan the Miami Youth Climate Strike taking place on Friday March 15, as well as discuss the Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Symposium and the youth congressional debate taking place in April and May, respectively.
On Saturday, March 9, the CLEO Institute participated in the Miami Youth Climate Summit, hosted by the Gulliver Field Studies Program.
Yoca Arditi-Rocha, CLEO’s Executive Director, was a speaker in one of the breakout sessions.
On Wednesday, March 6, Yoca Arditi-Rocha, CLEO’s Executive Director participated as a speaker to inform attendees on how to build resilience in the community. The talk specifically focused on using social outreach to address or adapt to environmental changes.
On Monday, March 4, four students from Cohort 1 received their certifications for the CLEO Speaker’s Network. This event represented the culmination of a three-part series.
On Sunday, March 3rd, 5 participants attended a field trip as part of the Allapattah Empowering Resilient Women and Girls program. The visit was to the Urban Habitat Miami nursery, run by Howard Tonkin and his team.
Key Biscayne learned about climate, its impacts, and the solutions as part of a series of lectures that the city will be hosting to help educate and engage the community. More than 140 people were in attendance.
On Wednesday, February 27, the CLEO Institute tabled at the “What the FRACK: Clean Water from the Health Perspective” Panel Discussion at Miami Dade College Hialeah Campus. Julieta Rodrigo, Program Coordinator at CLEO, discussed climate change with the attendees and shared information about how to get involved through political and community actions.
On Tuesday, February 26, CLEO hosted its second workshop in the Allapattah edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women and Girls program. Held at the YMCA, the workshop was titled “We Prepare” and taught participants how to prepare for extreme weather events, such as heat waves and hurricanes.
On Sunday, February 17, the CLEO Institute tabled at the Saltwater Brewery for their Burn and Brew Monthly run, facilitated by Orange Theory. Charity proceeds were donated to CLEO.
Olivia Collins, CLEO’s Director of Programs., gave a basic 101 training on climate change impacts in the Americas and how people can take action to mitigate and adapt. This event was part of the 4Ward Miami, 4Ward Americas LGBTI Human Rights Symposium.
Eberjay hosted a climate & cookies talk with CLEO!
On Tuesday, February 12, CLEO launched the Allapattah edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women and Girls program. Hosted at the YMCA in Allapattah, this program consists of 4 workshops to teach women and girls about the causes, effects and impacts of climate change, as well as offer leadership training to empower participants to become changemakers and advocates.
On Wednesday, February 6, more than 20 students attended the launch of the 2019 CLEO Speaker’s Network at the Center for Social Change. Over the next six weeks, participants will receive further climate training as well as create their own presentations on a climate change topic.
On Tuesday, February 5, more than 70 people attended an educational talk at the Center for Social Change. CLEO opened with a climate change training and was followed by a talk from Bea Johnson, bestselling author and founder of the Zero Waste Home.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami, located at 7701 SW 76th Ave., invited CLEO to participate in the Sundays sermon and talk about climate change and the interconnected web we all live in, as well as provide a climate training.
SoHo Beach House hosted a climate training for their members .
CLEO partnered with the SW Community Foundation in Ft. Myers to bring much needed climate literacy to their community!
CLEO and The Sacred Space partnered for monthly climate trainings that are topic focused. January was all about climate change and food.
On June 9th, 2018 CLEO hosted a town hall for the community of Little Haiti as part of our Creating Climate Connections program. This was a follow-up to our listening session and our community workshop held the month before.
The 2018 CLEO Mayors Roudtable.
On May 23rd, The CLEO Institute, in collaboration with Nancy Metayer and Konscious Kontractors, hosted and facilitated a community workshop as part of the Creating Climate Connections Program.
On May 19th, 2018 CLEO hosted a town hall for the community of Overtown as part of our Creating Climate Connections program. This was a follow-up to our listening session and our community workshop held the month before.
The Little Haiti listening session was held at the Lemon City Library. The goal of this meeting was to get feedback from residents and community leaders on the issues that they feel are the most urgent in their neighborhoods, related to the changing climate.
On April 26th, CLEO hosted a community climate workshop at Overtown’s Williams Park as part of the Creating Climate Connections outreach program.
Earth Day: It’s not just about celebrating our planet- it’s about saving it! NBC6 interview with CLEO about the Florida Climate Pledge.
Discovery Communications Channel celebrates Earth Day with a CLEO climate training!
UM’s The Voice 90.5 interviews CLEO about The Florida Climate Pledge.
CLEO facilitated a climate training 101 to members of Temple Beth Or and St. Stephen's.
On April 5th, 2018, CLEO held a listening session with Overtown leaders as part of the Creating Climate Connections outreach program
CLEO facilitates a climate training for Discovery En La Escuela for Earth month.
On March 22nd, CLEO hosted a community climate workshop at the Allapattah Branch Library as part of the Creating Climate Connections outreach program
March 20th at Cushman High School, CLEO hosted 20 members of its GenCLEO group. Among our participants were entrepreneurs, high school students, college students, organizers, concerned citizens and future climate speakers!
The CLEO Institute was invited to speak to the Great Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Many community leaders were invited for a listening session on climate change in the Allapattah community.
Caroline Lewis participates on ESRF panel discussing "Science Funding and Public Perception".
Day 2 of our annual Empower Capable Climate Communicators with the University of Miami at The Cox Science Center
Day 1 of our annual Empower Capable Climate Communicators with the University of Miami at The Cox Science Center.
Climate Resilience and Environmental Justice panel at the Florida Philanthropic Network.
On January 20th, Dr. Sandra Steingraber visited Miami-Dade College to educate the general public about the potential health threats related to fracking.
CLEO was invited by Essence Corp. to provide a climate training to their staff as part of their organizations staff development day.
CLEO was invited to do a climate training to the members of B'nai Torah Congregation as part of Rabbi Bernstein's class on Judaism and the Environment.
On November 16th, 2017, the CLEO joined the Van Alen Institute and others for a special brainstorming sessions on resilience design solutions!
On October 21st, 2017, the CLEO Institute hosted a Climate 101 workshop in Miami.We were happy to have among us the GenCLEO high school ambassadors, a group of enthusiastic students from nine Miami Dade County high schools.
Over 55 city, county, and federal elected officials in Florida signed a letter coordinated by The CLEO Institute, with the help of NRDC and Miami Climate Alliance, calling for action on climate change, supporting renewable energy, and opposing EPA cuts and offshore drilling.
As part of Venture Cafe's Thursday Gathering series, The CLEO Institute convened a Food and Water Forum with an interactive panel discussion focused on how the effects of climate change will impact our food and water supply.
Along with our partners at Center for American Progress and Catalyst Miami, The CLEO Institute held The South Florida Climate Change Equity Solutions Summit focused on producing actionable policy ideas to reduce the vulnerability of under-resourced communities.
The CLEO Instituted hosted a joint Climate 101 Workshop and a GenCLEO meetup at the CIC Miami, where the focus was on the science, seriousness, and solutions of climate change highlighting local solar co-op options, and the FPL franchise agreement renewal.
Dr. Ben Kirkman, Director for Cooperative Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Studies (NOAA) and Professor in the Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the UM's Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), was on hand to inspire and motivate our GenCLEO movement.
In conjunction with the University of Miami's Department of Geological Sciences, CLEO hosted our Advanced Climate Leadership Training series: Empowering Capable Climate Communicators 2017.
Attending members ranged from our own Board Member and Mayor of Surfside Daniel Dietch to Miami Dade County's Office of Resilience Sustainability Officer Katie Hagemann.
CLEO leads the way in connecting different organizations that all have a common cause– climate change.
CLEO understands that by uniting we will create a larger impact and become more successful in our quest to turn Florida into a climate-conscious state.
The Florida Future Fund
The CLEO Institute, in collaboration with the Center for American Progress, has released the Florida Future Fund! In the report, we recommend that Florida state leaders create a Florida Future Fund—a state fund that would support innovative transportation and energy infrastructure projects, and flood protections in areas that need them the most, including low-income areas and communities of color. These investments would improve Florida’s resilience and quality of life. The effects of a changing climate are increasing the strain on Florida’s aging energy, transportation and other infrastructure that support the state’s economy and the daily lives of our communities. The consequences are especially hard on Florida’s low-income residents, the majority of whom live without the financial stability to get by when wages drop and medical and home repair bills climb in the wake of damaging storms or floods. Read full report here.
The CLEO Institute was a pivotal partner in the creation of the Miami Climate Alliance. The alliance now has 70 member organizations, and has spearheaded:
3 climate marches
Successfully led the effort to create and fund the position of the Chief Resilience Officer, as well as the Office of Resilience (2015).
Secured $500,000 in funding for engineering expertise needed to develop a robust preliminary engineering and facilities plan to address sea level rise (2015).
Supported the adoption of a resolution banning well stimulation (including the process known as fracking) for oil or gas exploration. The legislation prohibits land use for any process that involves injecting fluid into a rock formation (2016).
Supported the ordinance which bans polystyrene (Styrofoam) in parks and beaches (2016).
Restored 65% of Metrobus & Metrorail services/ funding from the Mayor’s proposed $25 million in transit cuts (2017).
Successfully advocated against 2 resolutions that would make it easier to change the Comprehensive Development Master Plan to allow for development outside the Urban Development Boundary (2017).
Secured an additional $250,00 (totaling $1 million) to fund tree canopy (2017).
Advocated for a resolution supporting solar purchasing co-ops (2017).
Acknowledgement for the early endorsement of the $200 million GO Bond (General Obligation Bond) in Miami for sea level rise, which passed (2017).
The MIAMI FOREVER BOND
The CLEO Institute was recognized as one of the early endorsers of the Miami Forever bond, which passed!- CBS Interview with Caroline Lewis of The CLEO Institute
Miami gets $200 million to spend on sea rise as voters pass Miami Forever bond and CLEO was there to support the Mayor in his initiative!- by David Smiley of The Miami Herald
Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan (RECAP 2.0)
The CLEO Institute was a pivotal partner in organizing the South Florida Climate Change Equity Solutions Summit, held on June 10, 2017 at the Frost Science Museum. The goal of the summit was to transform the concerns and ideas of under-resourced communities in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties into actionable and equitable recommendations to help shape the update of RCAP 2.0. The approximately 40 attendees included community leaders, concerned citizens, representatives from grassroots organizations, RCAP 2.0 authors, the Miami Foundation, and current and former county and city leaders and their staff. Notable attendees include: Daniella Levine-Cava, Miami-Dade County Commissioner; Dwight Bullard, former Florida state senator; Cindy Lerner, former Mayor of Pinecrest,Florida; and the resilience leads from the Cities of Miami, the Counties of Miami-Dade and Broward, and the City of Miami Beach. Read the full document here: Social Equity Key to Southeastern Florida RCAP 2.0
The top 5 recommendations that came out of the summit are:
Improve emergency preparedness
Build equitable and sustainable communities
Improve transportation and mobility
Expand access to clean energy
Make equity a core principal and frame for RECAP 2.0