Ian Winner (Class of 2012)

  • photo of Ian Winnersenior Management & Organizations major with an Environmental Principles & Practice co-major [now Sustainability co-major]
  • from Pittsburgh, PA
  • President of Green Oxford
I did not always want to go into environmental work. My 'light bulb moment' came freshman year when my friend Brian told me about the effects of bottled water. Soon thereafter, I bought a reusable water bottle and was well on my way to becoming an environmentalist.


"Hey! I'm a senior business major with an environmental principles and practice co-major [now sustainability co-major]. While these two majors may not seem like they go together, they actually work quite nicely with one another.

"I hope to go into the emerging sustainable business field, be it renewable energy or energy efficiency, so the co-major makes complete sense. The co-major has also greatly strengthened my appreciation for the natural world and will help ensure that I receive a job after I graduate."

My Light Bulb Moment

"I did not always want to go into environmental work. My 'light bulb moment' came freshman year when my friend Brian told me about the effects of bottled water. Soon thereafter, I bought a reusable water bottle and was well on my way to becoming an environmentalist.

"I joined Green Oxford, the student sustainability group, in my sophomore year and immediately began leading a group that promotes recycling on campus. That year, we dumped garbage on the lawn near the student center, sorted through it, and found that over 26% of the trash could have been recycled. Green Oxford's actions raised the awareness of both students and Miami's administration, and led to the introduction of 10 outdoor recycling bins on campus.

"Junior year, as an officer of Green Oxford, I worked with Bogan Elementary School to support environmental education at the school. We helped raise $200 by selling 'Bogan Bags' (reusable bags) at sporting events on campus.

"I also helped form a partnership between Green Oxford and the Miami Natural Areas to promote the outdoors and trails at the university.

"As a senior, I was elected president of Green Oxford and continue to collaborate with school, city, and community members to promote sustainability projects and environmental awareness."

Grant Writing Experience

"With the help of a Miami faculty member, several Green Oxford members and I co-wrote a successful $1,000 grant from Brita. Green Oxford plans to use this money to install a water filtration system and promote reusable water bottles during our 'Take Back the Tap' campaign."

Sierra Student Coalition

"As an intern for the Sierra Student Coalition, the national student-run chapter of the Sierra Club, I helped introduce the 'Beyond Coal Campaign' to encourage the elimination of the on-campus coal plant and promote cleaner, renewable energy resources. This campaign successfully worked with Miami to publish the 'Sustainability Commitments' that, among other things, commits to shutting down the on-campus coal plant by 2025."

Green Internships

"I interned at a consulting start-up in Pittsburgh, where I helped write a business plan for a new venture for a local non-profit. This gave me valuable work experience and led to an internship the following summer with that non-profit, the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association (NMRWA).

"At NMRWA, I worked as a marketing intern to revise the organization's strategy of selling rain barrels and rain gardens.

"Another internship was at Optimus Technologies, which converts industrial trucks and construction equipment to run on waste vegetable oil. Optimus works with a partner company Fossil Free Fuel that collects the oil for free from local restaurants. I learned various project management techniques in a real-world application."

[February 2012]