CLEO has engaged with over 50,000 individuals across South Florida through various grassroots initiatives!
Learn more about our GenCLEO movement across generations and how we're leading the way to build a climate literate state!
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