EMPOWERING CAPABLE CLIMATE

COMMUNICATORS SYMPOSIUM

April 26 & 27

FIU Biscayne Bay Campus (3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami, Florida 33181)

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Friday, April 26th I Keynote Speaker

Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center.

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Chad Frischmann

Friday, April 26th I Solutions Carousel Keynote

Vice President and Research Director for Project Drawdown. Chad is the lead researcher and principal architect of the methodology and models behind Project Drawdown.

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Saturday, April 27th I Keynote Speaker

CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, co-founder the R20 Regions of Climate Action, and former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and former Cabinet Secretary, and Chief Policy Adviser to the Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Event Sponsors Include

Join The CLEO Institute for our annual Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Symposium in partnership with Florida International University's Sea Level Solutions Center.  This will be the most important climate and resilience symposium in South Florida.

Friday, April 26th 

Location: Wolfe University Center Ballroom  

9:00AM- 9:15AM    Opening Remarks  

9:15AM- 10:00AM  Keynote Presentation   I   Dr. Michael Mann  

SCIENCE PRESENTATION 10:00AM-11:00AM

Florida is ground zero for climate impacts. The State of our Climate.

  • Tiffany Troxler  I  Director of Science for the Sea Level Solutions Center (Moderator)

  • Dr. Hal Wanless  I  Professor and Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Miami.

  • Dr. Jayantha Obeysekera  I  Director and Research Professor in the Sea Level Solutions Center, Florida International University

Q&A

Break 11:00AM- 11:15AM

Breakout session for media/ meteorologists 11:00am - 2:30pm

HEALTH PANEL  11:20AM-12:20PM

Climate change is the biggest threat to our public health

  • Michele Lozano  I  Program Specialist, FIU Herbert Wertheim Collage of Medicine, Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP

  • Dr. Cheryl Holder   I Internist & Founder of Florida Clinicians for Climate Action

  • Dr. Carissa Caban I   Mental Health & Member Physicians for Social Responsibility

  • Dr. Jefry Biehler I  Chair of Pediatrics at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital & FIU School of Medicine Faculty

Q&A

 12:20PM-1:15PM  Lunch with Documentary Screening (The Years Project)

Health Breakout session 1:15pm - 4:30pm

ECONOMY PANEL  1:20PM-2:30PM

How our changing climate is impacting our economy & tourism?

  • Peggy Benua I  GM of Dream Hotel Miami Beach (Moderator)

  • David S. Vogel I  CEO at Voloridge Investment Management LLC, & Founder of VoLo Foundation

  • Nancy Scanlon  I Professor Florida International University, Greater Miami and the Beaches Association Sustainability Council Chair

  • Jamie Martin I  Executive Director in Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance group

  • Rick Hawkins  I  The Breakers' Director of Materials Management, Cofounder of Localecopia

Q&A

CLIMATE JUSTICE PANEL  2:35PM-3:35PM

Nobody behind. What does it take for a community to be truly resilient?

Q&A

SOLUTIONS CARROUSEL  3:35PM-4:45PM

Keynote Presentation   Chad Frischman  I  VP- Drawdown - 30 minutes

·         5 minutes for each local business/ organization with sustainable solutions and initiatives to present “elevator pitch”

4:45PM- 5:00PM   A few words from Congressman Ted Deutch and Francis Rooney - The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

Saturday, April 27th 

Location: Wolfe University Center Theater

9:00AM- 9:15AM    Opening Remarks  

9:15AM- 9:45AM   Noah Valenstein   I  Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

FLORIDA FUTURE READY PANEL  9:45AM-10:45AM

Is Florida Future Ready? Jim Murley  I  Chief Resilience Officer for Miami-Dade County 

Q&A

Youth Breakout from 10:00am – 2:00pm

ENERGY PANEL-11:00AM- 12:00PM 

The Sunshine State shines brighter with the power of the sun

Q&A

12:00PM-12:45PM  Lunch with Documentary Screening (The Years Project)

12:45PM- 1:30PM  Keynote Call-in Presentation   I   Terry Tamminen – CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation  (Youth Breakout session to come back for keynote)

OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT  1:30PM-2:30PM

What are the current impacts on our biodiversity (globally & locally), from our coral reefs to our Everglades?

  • Rod Braun  I  Climate and Coastal Resilience Manager for The Nature Conservancy (Moderator)

  • Houston Cypress I  Board of Directors at Love the Everglades Movement, & Consultant at Miccosukee Tribe Of Indians Of Florida

  • Celeste De Palma I  Audubon Florida, Director of Everglades Policy

  • Aliki Moncrief I Executive Director for the Florida Conservation Voters

Q&A

 2:30PM- 3:00PM Performance Piece/ Letters to the Future -"Do Not Open" by local artist Xavier Cortada


MEET SOME OF OUR SPEAKERS

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Traveling to Miami?

Both the Miami International Airport and the Ft. Lauderdale airports are 17 miles away from FIU Biscayne Bay Campus.

Closest areas for hotels include: Surfside, Bay Harbour Islands, North Miami Beach, North Miami, and Miami Shores.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Natalia Ortiz, Director of Development at nortiz@cleoinstitute.org with the Title: ECCC Sponsorship.  Please note CLEO is a 501(c)(3) and all sponsorships are tax deductible.

All proceeds will help fund this symposium as well as CLEO's 2019 climate literacy programs throughout the South Florida community.