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Sustainability Manager

Teddy Lhoutellier is the current Sustainability Manager 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

Office of Sustainability Outreach and Communication Coordinator 


Kaitlyn Riopelle is the Community and Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. She is currently a graduate student at the Environment, Culture and Media MA program at the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. Prior to her time at the University of Miami, Kaitlyn served as the Public Programs/Visitor Services Coordinator at the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Champaign, Illinois, and received a BA in Art History from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.


Aishwarya Navale is a Visual & Interaction Designer with an objective to create extraordinary interactive experiences in digital applications by leveraging my ability to work in a fast-paced environment with creativity, speed, and accuracy along with my coursework and handson
development experience.

Currently, I am pursuing my master’s in Interactive Media design from the University of Miami, Florida. The courses that I am learning are Prototyping, Human-Computer Interaction, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Data Visualization and User ExperienceResearch.


Adam Roberti is the Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability.  He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a BA in Ecosystem Science & Policy and Marine Affairs.  Adam is continuing his education as a graduate student at UM in the Environment, Culture, and Media MPS program, focusing primarily on improving environmental communication strategies. 

 “I believe that to promote conservation and close the widening gap between science and the public, strides in communication are imperative.  Everyone needs to understand the magnitude of the damage being done to our planet if we expect any substantial change to future policies.”



Green Athletics Intern 

2021 - Louis Hedley

Delivered one of best seasons ever by Miami punter…Named finalist for Ray Guy Award, honoring nation’s top punter…Recognized with Associated Press second-team All-America honors…Earned second-team All-ACC recognition…Named ACC Specialist of the Week twice…Ranked No. 2 in FBS in regular season in punting (47.3 yards per punt)…Helped lead Miami to FBS-leading net punting average during regular season…

Lou is also a fervent steward of the environment, and adopter of a plant based diet.

Fall 2020 - Tonya Johnson
Tonyia is a senior majoring in Political Science & Sports Administration. She spends her free time painting and volunteering at a local elementary school. She is passionate about law, sports and sustainability and plans to study Sports and Environmental Law after finishing her undergraduate degree. Tonyia also enjoys gardening as she created an independent study course in the Sustainability Garden under Dr. Hood. While Tonyia will be graduating soon, she is determined to create a better relationship with UM Athletics and on-campus organizations to make the U more green/sustainable. 

Spring 2020
Madelyn Kahle
is a sophomore majoring in Economics and Ecosystem Science & Policy. She grew up exploring the
Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Maryland, which fostered her passion for the environment and its conservation. She is
interning for the Office of Sustainability to help develop sustainability solutions with the Athletics Department.

Wyatt Kopelman 

Wyatt Kopelman is the Green Athletics Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. He is a Sport Administration major as a freshman here at the University of Miami with a strong passion for both sustainability and sports. He is dedicated to educating the UM Athletics fanbase about the growing awareness for sustainability in collegiate athletics and continues to strive to form a stronger bridge between the Office of Sustainability and the UM Athletics Department.

Office of Sustainability Program Coordinator

Fall 2020
Katrina Cocson
Kat is a junior majoring in Ecosystem Science & Policy and minoring in GIS and Conservation Biology. They love cooking and gardening. On their down time, they also advocate for LGBTQ+ issues with orgs on campus and works as the Events Coordinator for FIND, an organization spread throughout the East Coast working towards the empowerment of Filipinos. Interning at the garden has allowed them to learn a lot and better their mental health and they hope to make gardens accessible for everyone regardless of background and to start a garden of their own. Kat's long-term goals include protecting marine life and to go back one day to the Philippines to make conservation efforts whilst conducting research. 

Spring 2020
Talula Thibaut

Talula serves as ECO Agency's Chair. She is a senior from Southampton, MA double majoring in Ecosystem Science & Policy and Geography, with a minor in Economics. In her role, she oversees all of the ECO Agency branch (including Green Committee sub-branch), serves on SG’s Executive Board, helps out with as many of the ongoing projects as time allows, and fields all incoming questions pertaining to sustainability at the U. For four consecutive years, Talula has been a part of ECO and it has been the single most important involvement to her during undergrad. She started various initiatives, from Arboretum promotion to fraternity recycling to succulent giveaways for people who pledge to quit using single-use plastics. In her free time, she enjoys watching football, gardening, mentoring as a Cane Buddy, exploring Miami, and plogging (going on runs meanwhile collecting litter). Upon graduation, Talula hopes to start a career in sustainable business or environmental policy. Her dream goal is to be the human embodiment of The Lorax. 

Paula Da Silva

Paula is a current junior studying Biochemistry. Her work in the Office of Sustainability includes updating the Green Events Checklist and serving as a Compost Manager in the Sustainability Garden. She aspires to contribute to bioconservation and environmental justice one day. 

Grant Writing Intern 2019-20


Cristina Castro

Cristina is a Grant Writing Intern at the Office of Sustainability. She is helping with finding new funding opportunities for and researching the feasibility of sustainability projects to be implemented on campus. She received a BA in Economics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she also gained experience in government administration of grants and contributions programs, and consulting. She is now completing a M.S. in Sustainable Business at the Miami Herbert Business School and wants to pursue a career in consulting in South Florida.

Federal Work Study - 2016-18

Taryn Dennie

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.  Being able to contribute further to the sustainability of this campus is a dream position for me"

Intern - Spring 2018

Mingya Xu
Mingya is a senior and majoring in Public Health. She has a huge passion to make the world a better place for the next generation by providing them an eco-friendly environment. She has a strong public health background. She is passionate about building a bridge between public health and sustainability. When she did her exchange program in Japan, she gained  knowledge about waste minimization and recycling.   

Kendall Cromartie
Kendall is a senior from San Diego, California majoring in Ecosystems Science & Policy and minoring in Creative Writing. She has a passion for sustainability and for preserving the earth's natural spaces, and is interning with Green U in order to help to create a more sustainable environment on our campus. Her interests include hiking, global environmental issues, and film. 

Intern - Fall 2017

Alexander Briel - Renewable Energy projects
Born: Springfield, Virginia; Current Home: Silver Spring, Maryland; Major: 5 yr B.S./M.S. in Architectural Engineering

Passion: integrating renewable energy into urban design, Improving resilience of energy infrastructure

Why Sustainability: Sustainability (economic, social and environmental) are all crucial components of resilience

Lorenzo Martino - Energy conservation projects
Born: Italy, Torino. Double major in Ecosystem Science and Policy and Economics, Minoring in Entrepreneurship.

A professional and dynamic college student very interested in developing and increasing sustainable ideas, with a strong desire to become an entrepreneur in this field. Wishing to acknowledge the people on the importance of preserving and conserving our planet and its resources.

Intern - Spring 2017
Nick Berman - Energy conservation projects
Jeremy Penn

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 Tran
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.

Volunteers - Green Patrols


Courtney Sparger

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 Wray
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.

Kimberly Overton
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.