Our Staff

Sustainability Director

Teddy Lhoutellier is the current Sustainability Director for the University of Miami. Renewable Energy, Sustainability and Environmental Science are his passion. He started at the U in 2014, implementing the University's first comprehensive Sustainability Action Plan, after receiving a Silver ranking through the Sustainabiilty Tracking and Assessment Rating System program. Today, the University of Miami is a STARS Gold University. The office of sustainability's team he manages help initiate, monitor, track, promote, and advertise sustainability initiatives across divisions, schools and campuses. Green U, as the office is commonly known, is spreading sustainable development values everyday among UM community members.

Teddy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University, holding a MS degree in Environmental Studies - Energy Policy. He also holds a LEED Green Associate and a Project Management Professional certificate. He worked for four years as an Environmental Science and Environmental Policy Instructor at Florida International University, and was the Outreach Coordinator for a Miami based Solar Panel Distributor. He's an active member of various environmental organizations in Miami Dade.

"Our main challenge as a local community is to adapt to the impacts of Climate Change. But we should also tackle the roots 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, 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. Join us to make a difference right here at UM for a better, greener campus !"

Contact Teddy at teddyl@miami.edu

Sustainability Analyst
Carlie Laughlin is the University's Sustainability Analyst. A graduate of the University of Kentucky's Applied Environmental Sustainability Studies MA program, she began working for the U in Summer 2022. She helps maintain GreenU programs and tracks the University's consumption of vital resources. She previously worked as a Faculty Programming Coordinator for the University of Kentucky's Office of Sustainability for almost two years, managing their Sustainability Challenge Grant program and serving as a core member of the WholeSumKY team. She also holds LEED Green Associate and Sustainability Excellence Associate certifications.


Office of Sustainability Program Coordinator
Sydney Loebach is a sophomore from North Carolina pursuing a B.S. in Ecosystem Science and Policy and a minor in Marine Science. As Sustainability Program Coordinator, she works to implement and increase engagement for various certification programs across campus. Sydney has experience in outreach, planning, and ecology as an active member of student government’s ECO Agency. She is thrilled to be involved in developing climate forward practices for such an environmentally exemplary campus. From laboratories to campus events, she hopes to inspire staff and students at UM to take steps to create a more sustainable U. 
Sustainability Garden and Compost Coordinator
2024 - Nolan Dietz Velarde is an enthusiastic sophomore at the University of Miami, majoring in Political Science and Climate Science & Policy. Passionate about environmental advocacy and community engagement, Nolan is excited to contribute to meaningful projects that align with his interests in sustainability and legal studies. Outside of academics, he enjoys exploring Miami's vibrant culture, engaging in creative writing, and volunteering at local nonprofits.
2023 - Lauren BaltazarBaltazar is a freshman majoring in Ecosystem Science and Policy on the Pre-Law track. She has previously engaged in sustainability through both urban forestry and citizens philanthropy, and is passionate about environmental justice policy implementation and sustainable development. She aspires to inspire more people to understand the importance of access to healthy food, not wasting food, and how handling organic scraps responsibly is the best, most regenerative practice that we can all participate in. Lauren has an affinity for the outdoors & loves dancing, photography and learning about different cultures through travel, food, and music. 
Communication Coordinator 

Elizabeth Deese
is the Communications Coordinator for the UM Office of Sustainability. Elizabeth earned her B.A. in English and Environmental Studies from Boston College in 2021, and is now pursuing an M.A. in Environment, Culture, and Media through the University of Miami Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. She has interned for Avangrid Renewables, U.S. Senator Ed Markey, the Everglades Law Center, and the Environmental Media Association. Elizabeth has a lifelong passion for communicating about environmental issues and sustainability, and contributing to climate advocacy and engagement.
Green Athletics Liaison
 2024 - Erin Burnett
2023 - Mason Napper is a senior that is majoring in Sports Administration with a minor in Exercise Physiology. He plays football and His position is long snapper. He is the Green Athletic Liaison currently and is very passionate about keeping our beaches and oceans clean. His goal is to educate and inspire people to stop using single-use plastics.

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