Know our team of Interns
Teddy Lhoutellier is the current Sustainability Manager for the University of Miami. Teddy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University, holding a MS degree in Environmental Studies - Energy Policy.
Renewable Energy, Sustainability and Environmental Science are his passion. He's a solar advocate, and a big supporter of Distributed photo-voltaic systems and smart grids.
As an Environmental Science and Environmental Policy Instructor at Florida International University, he has been a constant partner of the Go Green Team. He encouraged his students to work in coordination with the Office on different green projects. He spent 4 years as an Outreach Coordinator for a Miami based Solar Panels Distributor. He built an International Training program that aimed at promoting Photo-voltaic distributed systems among Electrical Engineering students. Through his career as an instructor, he has always pushed his students to get involved and participate in Community projects. He's an active member of many environmental organizations in Miami Dade, and try to help volunteering with his 2 daughters every time he can.
In the near future, our main challenge as a local community will be to adapt to the impacts of Sea Level Rise. But we should also tackle the root of the problem and try to become Carbon neutral as fast as we can.
When we think about what needs to be done to stop the trend in Human induced Global Warming, we can adopt various attitudes, we can either keep on living our life, business as usual, hoping that "they" will fix the problem, even though we are not sure who exactly are "they", OR we can start acting now, either by being a more active citizen, or by being a more conscious consumer. We have the power to change things.
So join Green U - ECO, and make a difference right here at UM for a better, greener campus !
Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Kenneth P. Capezzuto joined the University in 1990 and was appointed Director of Environmental Health and Safety in January, 2005. Previously, he served as the University’s Hazardous Materials Specialist for 15 years. Mr. Capezzuto received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from John Carroll University in Cleveland Ohio and a Masters in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami.
Mr. Capezzuto is responsible for developing and overseeing the environmental compliance, and employee and occupational safety programs at the university and provides the necessary training to avoid occupational, biological and chemical hazards.
Mr. Capezzuto is working to make the university safer through FEMA-sponsored grant programs. Since 2003, the university has improved the resistance of its infrastructure to natural disasters and has been awarded $10.2 million for 11 completed building projects, 3 building projects to be completed in 2006, 19 building projects to start in late 2006, and a $3 million grant for BPEI waiting approval. Future projects have been submitted to the Local Mitigation Strategy committee (LMS).
In early 2005, the University has undertaken the steps to adopt sustainable environmental policies, minimizing the total lifecycle of building ownership costs and environmental impact. Mr. Capezzuto is leading the Green U program which comprises a task force of personnel from various university departments as well as the student community. The university has registered its first building project with the US Green Building Council for LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design) certification.
Federal Work Study - 2016-17
Taryn is an Ecosystem Science and Policy major, active board member of the ECO Agency. She has been working on our new Green Office certification program, our Recycling Education Outreach program and event planning for the Fall of 2016.
"Until two years ago, I had never even heard of “sustainability”. I probably could have given you a simple dictionary definition, but I had no idea what it meant as a concept or lifestyle. When I took AP Environmental Science my senior year of high school, it changed my life in every way. To me sustainability is living your life only taking what you need, and leaving the rest for others and other generations. Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” While this quote is very well known, it’s what I base my life on. I have seen it come to fruition through the small group of passionate teachers who led me down this path to the work that I get to participate in on ECO. Being able to contribute further to the sustainability of this campus is a dream position for me"
Intern - Spring 2017
Jeremy is a senior majoring in Ecosystem Science and Policy, Physics, and Geography. She grew up hiking outdoors with her family and vividly remembers her first trip to the Everglades. Jeremy has served on the ECO Green Committee of Student Government since her freshman year. Her current responsibilities include working on the STARS credits review project, establishing a Reuse Store for students, and working on the ‘Map the Arboretum’ Project.
Intern - Fall 2016
Elizabeth is an Ecosystem Science and Policy major, member of the Green Committee. She has been involved in the planning of many Green events, among them Earth Week and Recyclemania.
Fall 2016, she has been working on the STARS data collection process and building a team of data collectors for the Real Food Challenge.
Courtney has been heading the Coffee ground for Plants program for the Fall 2016.
Courtney Sparger is a senior majoring in neuroscience with hope of attending medical school. She loves spending time outdoors whether at the beach, snorkeling or hiking in the mountains. She is a member of the Green committee of ECO because she is committed to conserving the environment and educating others about the need for conservation. She loves helping with the Coffee Grounds project and hopes that it will continue growing in the future!
Maxwell is a freshman Neuroscience major from Bel Air Maryland whose views on environmental awareness were forever changed after taking AP environmental science. He is passionate about preserving the environment and currently performs small tasks for Green U.
Kim is currently a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She is focused on making a positive impact on the environment through small changes on campus, such as being involved with the Toner Recycling Program.