The CLEO Institute

Founded in 2010, The CLEO Institute exists for the sole purpose of building climate literacy and spurring climate action. Working with multiple local organizations, university scientists, and other local leaders, CLEO is viewed as the go-to regional source for credible, vetted climate science, and expert insights into current and projected climate change impacts. 

In January of 2024, VoLo Foundation’s contribution to The CLEO Institute provided the resources for developing a new role, the Vice President of Policy and Partnerships, filled by Susan Glickman. In her capacity as Vice President of Policy & Partnerships, Glickman will play a pivotal role in advancing The CLEO Institute’s mission to foster climate resilience, empower communities, and drive policy changes that address the urgent challenges posed by the climate crisis. 

In 2022 The CLEO Institute and VoLo Foundation, in partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists, launched “Florida, The Emergency State” an unprecedented video campaign to highlight the impacts of the climate crisis in the Sunshine State.  

The video demonstrates the effects of rising sea levels and chronic flooding in day-to-day life. The reality is that the climate crisis is already here, and Florida is experiencing the effects of stronger hurricanes, extreme heat, and chronic flooding & rising seas due to manmade warming pollution.   

By combining CLEO’s experience and intellectual resources with the advice and financial support of VoLo Foundation, together, we aim to create a critical mass spurring support for climate action among Florida residents. 

In 2020, with the support of VoLo Foundation, CLEO partnered with the Miami ad agency Zubi and award-winning artist Bob Partington to create the Melting Florida campaign, which aimed to raise awareness in our community about how rapidly rising temperatures are affecting the state’s wildlife and people.  

The melting wax sculptures were an artistic metaphor for the toll human-caused climate change is taking on Florida’s wildlife and people. The campaign won the support of several elected Florida leaders. It was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including CNN, Univision, Fox, and many others.   

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