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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 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 Tuesday April 9, Caroline Lewis, Founder of the CLEO Institute, participated in a “Coffee & Conversation” panel. This event, held in partnership with United Way of Miami-Dade and Panther Coffee, brought together different community actors working to make a difference in climate change and sea level rise.
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 Tuesday February March 12, CLEO hosted its third workshop in the Allapattah edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women and Girls program. Held at the YMCA, the workshop was titled “We Act” and taught participants how to become civically engaged.
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 February 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 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