Hello, We're The CLEO Institute


The CLEO Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization exclusively dedicated to climate change education, engagement, and advocacy. Founded in 2010 by Caroline Lewis and headquartered in Miami, FL, we work with frontline communities and their leaders to build climate literacy. We highlight the urgency of climate action and impact policy, while championing solutions for a resilient future




Synthesizing the most current scientific data from reputable organizations which include NASA and NOAA, as well as IPCC scientists, to shape our trainings and policy advocacy efforts.

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Teaching the science, the urgency of climate action, and the solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change through our trainings, workshops and forums.

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Preparing the next class of climate advocates and communicators through our speakers network.



Connecting with individuals, communities, elected officials, and organizations to advance our mission of climate literacy.



Driving community climate action through education and engagement.


“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats

Understand the most current scientific data, how climate change is at the root of most of the issues your care about, and what solutions you can take to make a real difference.  Our climate trainings typically run between 1-2 hours.  Our trainings will give you an understanding of the following:

  • Causes & effects of global warming
  • Earth’s current vital signs
  • Impacts of climate change on South Florida:
    • Transportation
    • Energy
    • Sea Level Rise
    • Food
    • Health
    • Biodiversity
  • Solutions we can implement individually and collectively to reduce the carbon footprint

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Annual Science and Solutions Symposium

In partnership with the University of Miami's Department of Geological Sciences, CLEO facilitates an annual science and solutions symposium called Empowering Capable Climate Communicators (ECCC).  It is a 2 day conference where leading climate scientists and experts discuss the most current data, how it impacts humans, our oceans, and biodiversity.  We also bring in experts on policy, renewable energies, and civic engagement to discuss the solutions people can take individually and as a community to both mitigate and adapt to climate change in Florida.

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Engagement & Advocacy 


You must get involved to have an impact


Whether you are a resident wanting to learn more about climate change’s effect on communities, a governmental official preparing for disruptions to municipal infrastructure, a teacher wanting to bring climate science into the classroom, or a student responding to the urgency of the matter:


Together we can make Florida climate-literate, change our policies and save our state – US’s tropical paradise. Florida will be an example of what happens when we educate communities at a grassroots level.  Education is power, and CLEO is leading the fight in Florida.


Youth Empowerment- CLEO has a large youth empowerment movement made up of High School students, University students, and millennials.  We have meet-ups, volunteer opportunities, and climate trainings!  

Teachers Network- We educate teachers and school administrators to effectively implement Climate Across the Curriculum in their schools.  Join our Teachers Network today!  

CLEO Speakers Network: We need advocates for climate change!  CLEO will build your knowledge of climate science, the urgency, and solutions, so that you can effectively communicate climate change information as a CLEO-certified climate speaker.  We provide you with resources and coaching from experts to help develop your presentation.  


GenCLEO Climate Literacy Education-  Through our trainings, town halls, forums, and climate interactive workshops we aim to educate the public on the climate science, seriousness, and solutions to build an informed and engaged public that will demand climate action.

Community Outreach:

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  • Under-resourced communities: CLEO conducts listening sessions with local community leaders and engaged activists to understand their concerns.  Then, we facilitate a Climate Change 101 workshop to help people connect the dots between climate change and the impacts they are experiencing. Lastly, the community drafts an agenda and CLEO convenes a forum or town hall with residents, city and county staff, scientists, and local business leaders to discuss concerns and solutions.
  • Neighborhood civic associations: CLEO conducts Climate Change 101 trainings at homeowner and civic associations to inform residents on the science, seriousness, and solutions facing South Florida.    

  • Faith-based groups: CLEO works with faith-based groups by conducting listening sessions and Climate Change 101 trainings that address the concerns of the community to help connect the dots between climate change and climate equity issues.     

Business Partnerships-  We partner with businesses across South Florida to advance their climate action through our Lunch and Learn program. 

Municipal and Mayor’s Roundtable Partnerships:  We convene an annual roundtable where government officials share climate resiliency efforts and ideas in their cities and communities.  We also provide climate literacy training workshops to municipalities across South Florida.  

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