April 16, 2016: Swim for the Generations was a private fundraiser organized by Dr. Bernard Horowitz, Vice-President of CLEO’s Board of Directors at the Ocean Club on Key Biscayne. The half-day swim event, equivalent to swimming from Key Biscayne to Miami Beach, was created to raise money for CLEO. In total, 55 individuals, supported by many cheering them on, swam or walked 2,386 laps and raised over $8,000 for CLEO.
April 14, 2016: CLEO co-hosted a Resiliency Tools Workshop with the Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience. The workshop was a show and tell of existing climate data and tools that are available to the community. The workshop held at the Stephen P. Clark Center in Downtown Miami on April 14th. Tools highlighted included Climate Central’s Surging Seas Risk Finder, FIU’s Eyes on the Rise App, and NOAA’s Flood Risk Exposure Mapper.
April 8, 2016: CLEO’s Executive Director presented at FIU’s Fragile Habitat: Conversations for Miami’s future opening symposium on Friday, April 8th at the History Miami Museum. Caroline Lewis presented the opening remarks where she highlighted the importance of integrating climate through all disciplines and of taking action on climate now.
March 29, 2016: CLEO’s Executive Director presented at a NextGen Climate National Day of Action at the University of Miami Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy on March 29th. The event was organized in collaboration with CLEO, Citizens Climate Lobby, the Sierra Club, and Moms Clean Air Force. At the event, students heard from leaders of each organization about the current climate science, ways to get involved, and what actions they can take.
March 23, 2016: CLEO co-hosted the Sierra Club Ready for 100 Campaign Launch in Miami. This campaign, organized by the Sierra Club, is challenging 100 cities across the country to commit to 100% renewable energy. Elected officials in attendance included: Peggy Bell, Town Cutler Bay, Mayra Peña-Lindsay, Village of Key Biscayne, Tomas Regalado, City of Miami, Eugene Flinn, Village of Palmetto Bay, Cindy Lerner, Village of Pinecrest, Philip Stoddard, Ph.D., City of South Miami, Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County, and State Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez. Representatives from the offices of U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Congressman Carlos Curbelo were also in attendance.
March 19, 2016: CLEO and the Talcocy Center hosted a Community Climate Forum on Saturday, March 19th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm where Liberty City residents, City of Miami representatives, County representatives, and leaders from non-profit organization gathered to discuss three major concerns: climate awareness, emergency preparedness, and climate gentrification. The over 50 attendees shared their mutual concerns in their community and how climate change acts as a threat multiplier. This forum was sponsored in part by The Miami Foundation.
March 18, 2016: CLEO met with members from Fanm Ayisyen Miyami (FANM): Haitain Women of Miami to discuss community concerns about climate change and climate gentrification. Other community members and county leaders also attended to identify possible collaborations and next steps in engaging the Haitain community and the residents of the Shorecrest communities.
March 5, 2016: CLEO staff attended the Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami (FANM) 23rd Annula Gala on Saturday, March 5th at the Caribbean Marketplace in Miami, FL. FANM will be working with the CLEO Institute to engage local Little Haiti residents in a local planning group meeting, climate conversations, and a climate change 101 workshop.
March 3, 2016: CLEO’s Executive Director, Caroline Lewis, presented at UNESCO World Field Laboratory Symposium on Sea Level Rise and the Future of Coastal Settlements on Thursday, March 3rd at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design. Lewis participated on the panel entitled “Miami River Basin: Vulnerable Communities, Water Management, Policy & Planning along with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and Horacio Stuart Aguirre from the Miami River Commission.
March 1st & 2nd, 2016: CLEO’s Executive Director led two trainings for NextGen Climate volunteers in Tampa and Orlando, Florida. The trainings, held on March 1st in Tampa and March 2nd in Orlando, gave NextGen Climate volunteers a basic overview of climate science and of NextGen Climate’s 50by30 plan.
february 20 & 27, 2016: In conjunction with the University of Miami's Department of Geological Sciences, CLEO hosted the Advanced Climate Leadership Training series: Empowering Capable Climate Communicators 2016 on Saturdays, Feb. 20 & 27, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Trainees gained an understanding from leading climate scientists of the causes, reality, severity, and impacts of human-induced climate change; learned what must be done to mitigate, adapt to, and work toward reversing the adverse effects of human-induced climate change; and learned from leading climate communicators so they can begin to communicate this important subject accurately and honestly to others.
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