For years, The CLEO Institute has been advocating with city, county, state and federal elected leaders for equitable non-partisan climate and resilience solutions.
A FEW 2021 HIGHLIGHTS:
- Developed the Florida Future Fund—a state fund that would support innovative transportation and energy infrastructure projects, and flood protection in areas that need them the most, including low-income areas and communities of color (2018-2021).
CLEO introduced two bills in the Florida Legislature (2021)
- Resilient Infrastructure Resolution (SR 1190: Infrastructure Solutions/Climate Resilience) By Senator Farmer
- Resilient Schools (SB 1538 & HB1487) By Senator Rodgriguez and Rep. McCurdy
A FEW OLDER HIGHLIGHTS:
- Helped extend eviction and power shut-off moratoriums at a local, state, and federal level during COVID-19. (2020)
- Helped pass the Miami-Dade County bus system redesign. (2020)
- Helped prevent the defunding of the Office of Resilience and Sustainability, and advocated for the creation of a community-based
- action group. (2020)
- Helped pass The Rights of Nature Charter Amendment in Orange County. (2020)
- Helped build equity criteria into the assessment tool for the Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) for the Southeast Florida Climate Change Compact, which measures the region’s climate resilience progress. (2020)
- Secured 8 Climate Emergency Declarations across Florida municipalities (2019–2020).
- Secured, with Vote Solar and other partners, the country’s largest (FPL’s Solar Together) low-income shared solar offering, helping as many as 10,000 low-income Florida families benefit from solar (2020).
- Advocated for the first bi-partisan climate state bill for all coastal infrastructure projects funded by the government to mandate a sea-level rise risk analysis (2020).
- Restored 65% of Metrobus & Metrorail services/ funding from the MDC proposed $25 million transit cuts (2017).
- Successfully advocated against 2 resolutions that would make it easier to change the Comprehensive Development Master Plan to allow for development outside the Urban Development Boundary (2017).
- Secured an additional $250,00 (totaling $1 million) to fund tree canopy in MDC (2017).
- Advocated for a resolution supporting solar purchasing co-ops (2017).
- Acknowledgment for the early endorsement of the $200 million GO Bond (General Obligation Bond) in the City of Miami for sea-level rise, which passed (2017).
- Supported the adoption of a resolution banning well stimulation (including the process known as fracking) for oil or gas exploration. The legislation prohibits land use for any process that involves injecting fluid into a rock formation (2016).
- Supported the ordinance which bans polystyrene (Styrofoam) in parks and beaches (2016).
- Successfully led the effort to create and fund the position of the Chief Resilience Officer, as well as the Office of Resilience in Miami-Dade County (MDC)(2015).
- Secured $500,000 in funding for the engineering expertise needed to develop robust preliminary engineering and facilities plan to address sea-level rise in MDC (2015).