About The CLEO Institute

The CLEO Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization exclusively dedicated to climate crisis education and advocacy. Founded in 2010, we work with communities across Florida to build climate literacy and mobilize climate action for a just, resilient future.

The Movement

Together We Educate.
Together We Empower.

To advocate for solutions and policies to tackle the climate crisis.

Education in Action

Get Educated
Get Activated

change begins here


Lead. Educate. Advocate. Do

Get Involved – We Have Strength In Numbers

Designed to scale The CLEO Institute’s programs with a sense of urgency, OPERATION L.E.A.D. motivates and unites everyone who cares about their local climate crisis and the larger global code red. We engage with all members of society. We understand that the climate crisis takes a village to move the needle on policy. That is why we have a variety of programs to activate, engage, and build your capacity as a climate leader in your community.

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Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person
a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.

Dolores Huerta



In 2010, Caroline Lewis, a science teacher, and high school principal responded to a plea by local scientists: AMPLIFY the climate change conversation. Climate scientists were highlighting the urgency of the science, yet the public seemed to be paying little or no attention. As a proven education strategist who can engage disengaged audiences, Caroline set out to address climate literacy, promote climate action, and build climate leadership. By design, CLEO (Climate Leadership Engagement Opportunities) set out to effectively reach diverse audiences, from concerned residents to elected officials, and everyone in between.

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