Past Recipients

2019 Recipient

Teddy Lhoutellier, the sustainability manager at the University of Miami was honored with the Roberta “Bosey” Fulbright Foote Prize for improving the environment, reducing waste, and inspiring others to join the U’s sustainability efforts. During his time at the U, Lhoutellier has been part of a myriad of initiatives including promoting waste reduction practices and helping install solar systems on campus.

“One of his most significant achievements this past year has been the implementation of the UM Sustainability Action Plan,” UM President Julio Frenk said in presenting Lhoutellier the award named for UM’s former first lady who spearheaded the Coral Gables campus’ beautification. “Thanks to his efforts, UM is on track to meet our current emission reduction goal. This is a key part of our Roadmap to Our New Century—our strategic plan for the centennial of the University.”

Prior to working at the University of Miami, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University with a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies - Energy Policy. He spent four years as an Outreach Coordinator for a Miami based Solar Panels Distributor, and throughout his career as an instructor, he has always pushed his students to get involved and participate in community projects. Lhoutellier is an active member of many environmental organizations in Miami Dade, and tries to help volunteering with his two daughters every time he can. Read More (Link to Story from News@TheU)

2018 Recipient

A trailblazing team of environmentalists, united in their passion to raise green consciousness and promote green habits and choices, was named the winner of the 2018 Roberta “Bosey” Fulbright Foote Prize.

“We’re grateful for your environmental stewardship and commitment to maintaining the natural beauty of our campus,” said UM President Julio Frenk, in listing the range of initiatives—improved recycling signage, solar panels for UM buildings and solar umbrellas that can generate power, among others—that the student organization has spearheaded.

The Energy and Conservation Organization, or ECO Agency, is composed of 12 students, and is supported by a wider circle, the Green Committee, that together promote green habits and further awareness of environmentally friendly practices. The agency, founded in 2012, is apportioned funding through the student activities fee.

2017 Recipient

Stephen D. Pearson, director of the John C. Gifford Arboretum, was the inaugural recipient of the Roberta “Bosey” Fulbright Foote Prize. Over the years, Pearson helped start the Tropical Flowering Tree Society and served as president of the Friends of Chapman Field. For the last 24 years, he has been a member of the board of directors of the Montgomery Botanical Center. As Chairman of the City of Miami’s Beautification Committee, he led volunteers in planting flowering and native trees along I-95 and other highways in the early 1990’s. He has been honored with the Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Florida Urban Forestry Council and the National Outstanding Volunteer Award from American Forests and the National Urban Forestry Council.

Through his enthusiasm for preserving the history of our community’s natural environment, Pearson has created a peaceful oasis for meditation and relaxation on our campus. With a diverse and unusual collection of over 450 trees that spans every continent except Antarctica, the Gifford Arboretum is also a valuable tool for education and research.

“Real estate and business law was my profession, but horticulture and plants were my vocation,” says Pearson, who worked as a lawyer for most of his career.