Karina Castillo

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The Climate Leadership Engagement Opportunities (CLEO) Institute
Miami, FL

Karina Castillo holds a Master of Professional Science in Weather, Climate, and Society from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and Applied Mathematics from the University of Miami. She was born in New Orleans, LA, but grew up in Miami, and considers herself a native of the city. Karina has worked for both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management. While working for the county, Karina created and developed a Natural Hazards Database that analyzed the frequency and intensity of natural hazard occurrences in Miami-Dade County from 1950-2010. Karina joined The CLEO Institute in 2012, driving engagement with local and national partners. She represented CLEO at the 2013 National Climate Assessment (NCA) workshop, Building Capacity around the Third National Climate Assessment Report. Karina attended the release of the 2014 National Climate Assessment at the White House.

Karina is committed to education and engagement in climate change and promotes outreach to diverse audiences in all communities. When not working on climate change, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her nieces and nephew, and event planning.

The Project

Through her work with T3 and the CLEO Institute, Karina will develop an online learning community of South Florida educators who wish to integrate climate change into their existing curriculum. Currently, Florida educational standards (science and others) do not explicitly include teaching about climate change. However, numerous educators are finding novel ways to connect many climate change concepts and issues to already existing standards. With this online learning opportunity, CLEO Institute envisions connecting teachers who are doing this with others who wish to do the same. This will support the organization’s already existing CLEO Teachers Network and help amplify their goals. With one or two online learning events throughout the year, CLEO will inform more teachers and inspire others to do more in educating their students about climate change. CLEO Institute embraces the possibility of an online learning/sharing network to integrate climate change science effectively into school curricula.

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