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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.
2nd annual Climate Design Lab launches July 1.
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 Monday, June 3, the CLEO Institute, in collaboration with Miami Waterkeeper and FIll-a-Bag, hosted a climate 101 training and panel that taught attendees the causes, effects and impacts of climate change. The event also touched upon the state of our local water and beaches, including the high rates of sargassum.
Ninety people were in attendance.
On Saturday, June 1, CLEO and four other women from the Empowering Resilient Women program joined Anita and Roger from Urban Green Works to visit their urban farm in Liberty City known as Cerasee Farm. After touring their bee boxes and vegetable beds, participants got to sample many different fruits and herbs such as cerasee, wild cherries, passion fruit and more.
On Thursday, May 30, CLEO hosted its third workshop of its 2019 four-series workshop, Empowering Resilient Women and Girls program in Overtown. Held at the YWCA, the workshop: “We Act,” taught participants how to become civically engaged.
On Thursday, May 30, staff from the CLEO Institute attended the press conference to announce the official release of the Resilient305 strategy.
On Wednesday, May 29, CLEO attended a video premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Created by Alexander Zastera, who operates under the alias “Climate Crusader”, the video featured several GenCLEO students as they participated in a climate strike and shared their perspectives on the climate crisis.
The video can be seen here.
On Thursday, May 23, Global Ties Miami invited the CLEO Institute and the Miami Climate Alliance to speak to thirty international Global Ties members and professionals who were visiting Miami from around the world. Claudia Sebastiani, CLEO’s Program Manager, attended on behalf of the CLEO Institute to talk about CLEO's mission and collaborative work with the private and public sectors in order to tackle the climate crisis from all possible angles.
On Wednesday, May 22, CLEO launched its first Climate Talks workshop of 2019 in Little Havana. More than 45 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 be an engaged participant in the mitigation and adaptation of their community.
On Tuesday, May 21, Yoca Arditi-Rocha, CLEO’s Executive Director, participated in a sea level rise workshop hosted by Miami Dade County Office of Resilience. Led by Henk Ovink, the Special Envoy for International Water Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the workshop paired attendees with professionals in the field of engineering, climate change, architecture, urban design, and public policy to brainstorm ideas that Miami-Dade can implement as it adapts to rising sea levels in the coming decades.
On Monday, May 20, Caroline Lewis, CLEO’s founder, participated as a mentor in the annual Superintendent’s Innovation Challenge. The students received coaching to improve their project pitches, which addressed issues of sea level rise, red tide and climate change.
On Thursday, May 16, CLEO hosted its second workshop in the Overtown edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women program. More than 20 people were in attendance. Held at the YWCA, the workshop was titled “We Prepare” and taught participants how to prepare for extreme weather events, such as heat waves and hurricanes.
On Thursday, May 9, Natalia Ortiz, CLEO’s Director of Development, and Mia Kirn, CLEO’S Media and Development Coordinator, gave three separate Climate 101 presentations which reached more than sixty teachers, clergy, and church staff associated with St. Agnes Catholic Church and St. Agnes Academy in Key Biscayne. The presentations covered the causes and impacts of climate change, as well as tangible solutions.
This three-part event represented the first time that the CLEO Institute trained all the teachers and staff from a school.
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 Tuesday, April 30, Yoca Arditi-Rocha, CLEO’s Executive Director, participated in a panel during the Council on Foundations conference. Moderated by the Miami Foundation, this panel addressed topics of climate, vulnerability, and resilience. More than fifty people were in attendance.
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 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