Caroline Lewis, Workshop Facilitator
CEO and Founder of the CLEO Institute
Caroline Lewis is the Founder and Director of the CLEO Institute, an organization devoted to furthering climate science education. As an education strategist and consultant, Caroline builds capacity, promotes innovation, and inspires leadership in individuals and institutions.
Caroline is one of 11 environmental education professionals appointed to serve on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). The National Environmental Education Advisory Council is comprised of representatives from organizations outside the federal government who provide EPA with advice and recommendations on environmental education. The council provides EPA with a better understanding of the needs of schools, universities, state departments of education and natural resources. The NEEAC was established in 1990 under the National Environmental Education Act to provide input from stakeholders to EPA. Environmental education increases public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues or problems. In doing so, it provides the public with the necessary skills to make informed decisions and take responsible action. The newly appointed members will represent a variety of stakeholders. Caroline Lewis will be representing primary and secondary education.
Caroline was a successful science teacher, principal and director of education of a botanic garden prior to founding the CLEO Institute. She is greatly respected as the founder of the acclaimed Fairchild Challenge. In addition, Caroline serves or has served on several boards and committees for organizations locally and nationally, including: American Public Garden Association, American Horticultural Society, Miami-Dade Public Schools Executive Board for Science Curriculum and Instruction, MAST Academy’s Advisory Council, Climate Literacy Network, and the Conservation Fund’s Advisory Panel for the National Forum on Children and Nature. Her current focus is using the CLEO Institute to design and expand creative, collaborative programs for diverse audiences. Caroline also conducts workshops and delivers keynote addresses nationally and internationally. Speaking to the power and importance of effective education and interdisciplinary environmental education, she infuses others with the motivation to make a difference in today’s world.