Founded in 2010, The CLEO Institute is the only women-led nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in Florida exclusively dedicated to climate education, advocacy, and engagement. The devastating hurricanes, the increased flooding, and rising temperatures we regularly witness in Florida underscore the importance of CLEO’s work.
Building community resilience and adaptive capacity require an informed, engaged, and prepared public. We work with government, business, academic, and community leaders to advocate for long-term equitable solutions. CLEO’s top-down, bottom-up approach is helping Florida, the most vulnerable state to climate impacts, become more resilient by empowering Floridians to take climate action.
OUR MISSION: To educate and empower communities to demand climate action, ensuring a safe, just, and healthy environment for all.
OUR VISION: A world in which all people, governments, and organizations are informed, engaged, and taking action on critical climate issues.
Synthesizing the most current scientific data from reputable organizations, which include NASA and NOAA as well as Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Scientists, to shape our presentations and policy advocacy efforts.
Teaching the science, urgency of climate action, and solutions to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis through our presentations, workshops, and forums.
Preparing the next class of climate ambassadors and communicators through our CLEO Speakers Network, GenCLEO, Empowering Resilient Women, and Government partnerships.
Connecting with individuals, communities, elected officials, and organizations to advance our mission of climate literacy and action.
Driving community climate action through education and engagement.
Established in 2018, CLEO gave its first-ever Circle of Change Awards to honor individuals whose initiatives are paving the way for innovative solutions to the climate crisis. Whether it was for the creation of edible beer can rings that eliminated plastic pollution and provide food for the turtles, or the creation of the NYT bestselling book Drawdown, the most comprehensive book ever written on how to reverse global warming, or a collaboration between top local news media outlets to elevate climate issues in our community, the Circle of Change Awards are CLEO’s way of recognizing agents of change.
In 2019, CLEO decided to give this award an even deeper meaning, by renaming the award after one of its most influential founding members and first CLEO Board President, Dr. F. Lynn Leverett. A champion of change from the very beginning, Dr. Leverett has been with CLEO from the start, supporting our cause to bring climate literacy, engagement, and advocacy to our community. A lifelong environmentalist who believes in the power of the individual, she has been instrumental in the shaping of CLEO’s mission. She has been a pivotal member of the CLEO board, serving as President for 4 years, and then as a board member. It is with great privilege that we honor Dr. Leverett’s significant contribution to CLEO by naming our most prestigious award after her lifelong dedication to climate advocacy.
Established in 2012, our Leadership Circle honors people in the community who have worked alongside CLEO to further our mission to educate and empower communities to demand climate action, ensuring a safe, just and healthy environment for all.
The CLEO Institute is proud to partner with local organizations that are providing solutions to mitigate the climate crisis. Below are partner organizations that you can get involved with locally to help lower your carbon footprint!
Turn food waste into food rescue. Download the app and volunteer to pick up food from local restaurants and supermarkets that have excess food at the end of the day and take it to a designated homeless shelter.
Solar United Neighbors organizes 50 to 100 neighbors together into a group, or co-op, and gives support through each stage of the solar process to ensure the right system for every home.
Hungry Harvest rescues produce, curates variety boxes, and delivers to your door! Visit the Marketplace and scroll down to the “Give Back” button. Find CLEO and a portion of your purchase will be given back to us to help fund our climate education!
The Coalition for Clean Energy and Healthy Communities is composed of a diverse group of dozens of organizations representing environmental stewardship, public lands and wildlife protection, environmental justice, health, and faith. Our coalition believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy community powered by clean energy.