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. 

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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).

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:

  1. Improve emergency preparedness

  2. Build equitable and sustainable communities

  3. Improve transportation and mobility

  4. Expand access to clean energy

  5. Make equity a core principal and frame for RECAP 2.0