January 19, 2016: CLEO co-hosted a Science & Policy Forum on Turkey Point’s Nuclear Expansion on Tuesday, January 19th at Pinecrest Gardens focusing on our energy future in a changing climate. The forum gave residents and business leaders to learn about current science policy issues surrounding the proposed expansion and to ask questions of invited presenters. The panel discussion moderated by the Hon. Cindy Lerner, Mayor of Pinecrest, included: Hon. Phil Stoddard, Ph.D., City of South Miami, Brian Soden, Ph. D., University of Miami, Hal Wanless, Ph.D., University of Miami, and Rachel Silverstein, Ph.D., Miami Waterkeepers.
January 13, 2016: Together with Mayor Cindy Lerner from the Village of Pinecrest, CLEO co-hosted its 3rd Mayors’ Roundtable Luncheon at Village Hall in Pinecrest. The approximate 14 municipal representatives in attendance discussed resources they are using, barriers to building climate resilience, and plans for continuing to build climate resilience in their own community. Municipalities represented included: Village of Pinecrest, City of South Miami, City of Coral Gables, City of Miami, Village of Key Biscayne, Town of Cutler Bay, and Village of Palmetto Bay.
January 12, 2016: CLEO’s Executive Director presented at a workshop convened by ClimateTruth.org and 350.org with local business owners who have experienced the effects of climate change. These business owners wish to call upon the presidential candidates to act on climate. Attendees heard about basic facts of climate science, seriousness, and solutions.
January 12, 2016: CLEO’s Youth Task Force (YTF) members held a special meeting on January 12th to give their final presentations for the YTF speakers network. Two YTF members will be selected to present at the upcoming CLEO Teachers Network Climate Across the Curriculum workshop on January 30th.
January 5, 2016: CLEO’s Executive Director, Caroline Lewis, presented at the Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners Strategic Planning & Government Operations (SPAGO) Committee on January 12th. Lewis presented the commissioners in attendance and audience members with a general overview of climate change science, seriousness, and solutions. The CLEO Institute thanks Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava for the invitation to present before the committee.
January 5, 2016: CLEO’s Executive Director participated in the Palmer Trinity School Professional Development Day on January 5, 2016. During the climate change and sustainability breakout session, teachers were provided with a general overview of climate change science, seriousness, and solutions.
December 10, 2015: The CLEO Institute partnered with the City of Wilton Manors to train 100 municipal employees as part of the CLEO Climate Change 101 Municipality Training Program. Employees were taught about climate science, seriousness, and solutions. The trainings concluded with a guided discussion on strategies that can help move sustainability and resilience in the workplace and community forward.
December 1 - 3, 2015: CLEO staff attended the 7th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact Summit: Charting the Course in Key West, FL. The Summit is a major regional event focused on facilitating climate-related collaboration and knowledge sharing. The summit attracts innovative thinkers and leaders from business, government, academia and the non-profit community to exchange ideas and dialogue at panel discussions andnetworking breaks. CLEO especially thanks The Miami Foundation for sponsoring nonprofit leaders to attend the event in Key West.
December 1, 2015: CLEO staff met with representatives from U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo’s (R-26) staff at his District office for the first Advisory Board on the Environment and Climate Change meeting. This meet and greet meeting was held to introduce everyone to each other and share ideas for other members and future meetings. CLEO staff will continue to work closely with his office on these issues in the new year.
November 30, 2015: The CLEO Institute co-hosted several showings of the documentary This Changes Everything in collaboration with the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami-Dade College. The three screenings were shown at the Downtown campus of the College on November 30th, December 3rd, and December 8th.
November 30, 2015: CLEO Executive Director participated in the Van Alen Institute workshop: The South Florida Challenge: Ecology, Equity, Economy meeting at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design on November 30th. The Institute representatives met with selected Miami area climate experts to… explore he possibility a SE Florida Solutions Challenge. Other attendees included Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Jim Murley, Wayne Pathman, and Doug Yoder.
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