Sustainability Coordinator

Ian McKeown is the first and current Sustainability Coordinator for The University of Miami. Ian is a University of Miami graduate: holding a B.A Degree in Ecosystem Science and Policy with a second major in Economics, and a Minor in Meteorology. Ian also earned a MS degree within the Industrial Engineering School. During his undergraduate career Ian was heavily involved in environmental student organizations, the honor council, and completed an internship for the Green U program. Ian, as the head of the sustainability program, is currently working on innovative ways to account for and reduce the carbon footprint of the University of Miami through recycling, energy, water, transportation, purchasing, community outreach, and education initiatives. Ian posses a deep-rooted fascination with science, the environment, and human health issues. His passion for environmental preservation comes from a love of outdoor activities. In his free time Ian enjoys sports, traveling, community service, photography, video production, surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, free diving, and Kiteboarding at a competitive level.

Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Ken Capezzuto
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.