October 14, 2015: Along with 1,200 other fellow Miami residents, CLEO participated in the People’s Climate March – Miami on Wednesday, October 14th. Marchers gathered at government center in Downtown Miami and marched toward the Torch of Friendship near Bayside where the night concluded with words from a community leader and CLEO youth task force members. Notable marchers included county and local elected officials, and local university scientists. CLEO staff was also part of the broad group of people who organized the march. See photos here. See video here.
October 10, 2015: CLEO’s Executive Director spoke at Community Conversations - The Impact of Climate Change on Women and Frontline Communities hosted by the Miami Workers Center. This 2-hour event presented the science and impacts of climate change and ways in which the community can act to support climate resilience efforts. Participants where also given the opportunity to voice their understanding of the issue, what their communities might be facing, and ask about ways in which they can become more involved.
September 26, 2015: CLEO and the CLEO Teachers Network hosted the Climate Across the Curriculum Workshop on Saturday, September 26, 2015 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.
September 19, 2015: CLEO participated in the Pinecrest Gardens Drive Electric Event on Saturday, September 19th. The event, held in celebration of Drive Electric Week have attendees an opportunity to test drive electric cars from Nissan, Chevrolet, and Tesla. At the event, CLEO shared ways in which everyone could reduce their carbon footprint and learn more about CLEO.
September 16, 2015: Together with the Union of Concerned Scientists, Miami-Dade College Earth Ethics Institute and Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus, CLEO hosted a Town Hall: Miami Talks Climate. The purpose of the Town Hall was to share with residents that we understand the science, seriousness and solutions pertinent to climate change. Panelists during the town hall included: Mitchell Chester, a lawyer exploring the legal and financial implications of climate change, Nichole Hefty, a representative from Miami-Dade County, Dr. Harold Wanless, Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Miami, and Nicole Hernandez Hammer, Union of Concerned Scientist.s Following the panel, attendees had the opportunity to ask questions. The even concluded with representatives from the offices of Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Miami –Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. Statements from Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez were also shared.
September 1, 2015: Caroline Lewis provided opening remarks for the Village of Pinecrest’s Resilient Pinecrest Speaker Series. The series of workshops intended for Pinecrest residents will be held the first Tuesday of every month through December. Speakers will include local scientific experts on climate science, sea level rise, reducing carbon footprint, and what one can do to lessen their impact.
August 20, 2015: During a climate literacy event at the White House, the Office of Science and Technology Policy released a fact sheet entitled, Obama Administration Engages Students, Educators, and Leaders on Climate Education and Literacy. CLEO’s employee training program for municipalities was selected as a highlight under the external commitments. Click here to view the fact sheet.
august 16, 2015: CLEO staff attended a salon entitles The Science of Climate Change: The Past, Present, and Future of Miami at Elwoods Gastro Pub on August 17th and organized by Emerge Miami. Dr. Benjamin Kirtman from the University of Miami led a presentation on the science of climate change and how changes may impact Miami.
august 10 - 13, 2015: CLEO staff member, Karina Castillo, attended the EECapacity’s T3 Online Learning Bootcamp at Cornell University. Castillo joined 24 other educators from around the country to learn about online learning platforms and how they can help boost existing learning opportunities. Over the course of the 9 months, Castillo will work to develop a online learning opportunity for CLEO.
July 31, 2015: CLEO spent the time educating the staff on the current climate science, seriousness, and solutions at a climate change 101 brown bag lunch session. Photo credit: @MiamiFoundation
July 15, 2015: CLEO and Climate Central co-hosted a workshop on July 15th at the Y-Grene Energy Fund office in Coconut Grove. The workshop, Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in South Florida, provided invited guests with a general overview of climate change science, seriousness, and solutions. This was followed by a demonstration of Climate Central's Surging Seas Risk Finder Tool by Dan Rizza, which gives neighborhood level visuals of sea level rise. The tool also allows users to overlay various social indicators and census data on the sea level rise maps.
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