March 2: CLEO’s Executive Director, Caroline Lewis, presented a mini Climate Change 101 to the members of the Ashoka U Exchange Program at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The attendees were all made up of innovators in higher education who want to make a lasting social impact, both on their students and administrations. Following the presentation, Caroline led the group to the water's edge where they met with Ian Simpkins, Vizcaya's Deputy Director for Horticulture & Urban Agriculture, to hear about sea level rise, its impacts, and any adaptation measures currently taking place. Despite the audience members coming from various cities all over the country, some even asked for our CC101 presentation to implement in their own classrooms!
february 11 & 25, 2017: 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 on two Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Throughout the first session, over 120 trainees gained an understanding from leading climate scientists of the causes, reality, severity, and impacts of human-induced climate change and learned what must be done to mitigate, adapt to, and work toward reversing its adverse effects. The second session, held February 25, focused on the communication aspect and included leading climate communicators and voluntary climate presentations from the audience. Attendees not only got to hear from local experts on how to communicate this important subject accurately and honestly to others, but also got to practice their skills in front of a panel, including our own Caroline Lewis and Phil Chapman, CLEO Speakers Network Manager. Phil is currently working with some of the presenters to train them to be CLEO Climate Speakers!
February 4, 2017: At this year's Miami-Dade County Public School's STEAM Expo, The CLEO Institute hosted a diverse set of panelists in order to discuss tackling climate science and solutions. On the panel sat an artist, an architect, a meteoroligist, and a student: each posed with their own concerns and hopes for our future. By bringing together such diverse panelists, climate solutions can be brainstormed using creativity! The audience learned one actionable item they can do moving forward from each panelist, totalling 4 tangible actions someone can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
January 26, 2017: Now, more than ever, The CLEO Institute is calling on the community to drive climate action. Thus, the millennial movement was formed. On Thursday, a group of 15 young adults met and brainstormed different ideas and strategies on how to continue our fight against climate change. From finance experts to elementary art teachers, the group of motivated adults came up with innovative ideas such as a wall mural, a video contest, or even a documentary in order to keep educating the public on the science, seriousness, and solutions of climate change. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in joining the movement to resist climate denial, please contact
for more information. Read the report from their CC101 here.
January 12, 2017: The CLEO Institute held its first ever Leadership Circle brainstorm session! As inducted Leadership Circle members, CLEO values the input and opinion of all of our inductees. Serving as our CLEO Advisors, about 15 inducted members spent a few hours together brainstorming several strategies and ideas that CLEO can take on this year. Now more than ever, we're calling on the community to continue and scale our outreach. Attending members ranged from our own Board Member and Mayor of Surfside Daniel Dietch to Miami Dade County's Office of Resilience Sustainibility Officer Katie Hagemann. After a productive meeting, two action items were created and CLEO will move forward with implementing them with the help of our Leadership Circle members.
Thursday, December 15: Caroline Lewis moderated a panel hosted by New America Media. The panel focused on climate impacts and justice in Miami's communities, especially communities of color. Among the panelists were Dr. John Van Leer from UM, Zelalem Adefris from Catalyst Miami, Karina Castillo from Moms Clean Air Force, and John Morales from NBC6. After the panel, the 30 attendees, who were mostly journalists, brainstormed strategies for covering climate change in a way to get key information to audiences.
Monday, December 5: On Monday, Caroline Lewis attended a Champions of Change reunion in Washington, D.C. Caroline was recognized in 2013 for being a leader and innovator working tirelessly to build community resilience by preparing for increasingly extreme weather and other costly climate-related impacts. The day-long event focused on the collective progress each Champion of Change has made.
Friday, December 2: Michelle Rodriguez, CLEO's Program Manager, was honored to be one of the judges at a local climate art show in Liberty City. The art show was hosted by Women in Leadership's Ms. Paulette Richards (of this summer's Climate & Me camp) and saw a total of 18 kids from schools all over the county submit art. While the art may have varied from chalk to watercolor, the theme was the same: climate change. By using an outlet such as art, the kids were able to express their main concerns about the impacts of climate change. From pictures depicting the world falling apart at the seams to a painting of an innocent little girl in a gas mask, the principle remained the same: you're never too young to demand climate action.
November 17, 2016: CLEO hosted our Fifth Annual Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne. The event drew a diverse crowd of supporters, friends, and partners alike from all over South Florida to celebrate CLEO’s incredible year and 2016 Leadership Circle Inductees. These are individuals recognized for their significant leadership roles in assisting CLEO as we drive climate action through community education and engagement. The night also included a wide range of silent auction items ranging from two original Jim Morin cartoons to Miami Heat tickets. See event photos here.
November 12, 2016: The CLEO Institute and the CLEO Teachers Network hosted its annual Climate Across the Curriculum Workshop on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the University of Miami. The workshop exposed educators and administrators to a variety of ways in which they can bring climate education and engagement into their school. Educators heard from expert climate scientists, Christian Carranza from Miami-Dade County Public Schools and from their peers. The workshop also explored how to use climate change to promote STEAM across all disciplines and gave educators the opportunity to share their own ideas and strategies.
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