Meet the team behind sustainability initiatives at Penn including Environmental Sustainability Director Dan Garofalo, Sustainability Strategic Planning Associate Sarah Fisher, Sustainability Associate Julian Goresko, and Sustainability Consultant Andrea Kreiner.
Our interns currently include Sara Allan, Berenice Leung, Bailey Rowland, and Emily Wei.
ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY DIRECTOR
A native of Montvale, New Jersey, Dan moved to West Philadelphia in 1985 and joined Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services in 2001 as a planner and architect. He received a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia, a master's degree in Architecture from Penn’s School of Design, and a master’s degree in Government Administration from Penn’s Fels Institute of Government.
Dan served twice as a Peace Corps volunteer, first in Malawi as the architect in charge of design for the capital city of Lilongwe from 1992 to 1994, and later on a three-month assignment in Sri Lanka to assist in disaster recovery after the tsunami in 2005. Dan is a LEED accredited architect and a founding member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, where he currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. He is also the founder of Community Design Collaborative, Philadelphia’s pro-bono design center.
In April 2008, Dan was named the University’s first Environmental Sustainability Coordinator in response to President Amy Gutmann’s 2007 signing of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.
SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGIC PLANNER
As the Sustainability Strategic Planner, Sarah oversees the implementation of the University’s Climate Action Plan 2.0, Penn's roadmap to environmental sustainability. She directs various energy efficiency, green building, waste minimization and academic initiatives on campus. Sarah also serves as the project manager for the Green Fund, a sustainability grant fund available to members of the Penn community to seed sustainability projects on campus.
Sarah received a Master of City Planning, with a concentration in Land Use and Environmental Planning, at Penn in 2009. While in graduate school, she was an intern with the Clinton Climate Initiative at the Clinton Foundation in New York City and Philadelphia. Sarah graduated from American University with a bachelor's degree in Global Environmental Politics and a minor in Spanish.
Sarah is a LEED AP Building Design + Construction and a Certified Carbon Reduction Manager.
Sustainability outreach Manager
Julian Goresko is the Sustainability Outreach Manager for the University of Pennsylvania’s Sustainability Office in the Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services. In his role, Julian serves as the director of Penn’s outreach programs focusing on environmental sustainability initiatives across the 45,000+ faculty, student, and staff communities including partnerships with schools, centers, athletics, facilities, and residences.
As a member of Penn's Green Campus Partnership, Julian also contributes to both operational planning and strategy development for Penn’s Climate Action Plan. He is a founding member of Penn’s sustainability team since 2009 and serves as one of four full-time staff overseeing sustainability initiatives for Penn’s urban campus.
Julian has expertise in organizational development, program coordination, operations, research and analysis, strategy development, community affairs, advising, and management. He has presented numerous times at national conferences on the subject of social and behavioral marketing and has a master's degree from Penn in environmental studies and a graduate certificate from the Fels Institute in nonprofit administration.
Andrea received her bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University and her master’s degree in resource economics from the University of Rhode Island. She brings to Penn more than 25 years of experience working on sustainability at local, national and international levels.
Before creating her consulting firm, Andrea served as policy advisor to Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner on environment, agriculture, transportation, land use and energy issues. Andrea has been involved with various aspects of waste reduction and energy issues, ranging from conducting industrial waste assessment to developing the State of Delaware’s energy plan and serving as Chair of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. She writes a sustainable food blog and is certified as a LEED AP Operations + Maintenance.
Andrea’s work at Penn focuses on working with the Staff and Faculty Eco-Reps and includes launching the Green Office Certification program.
Sara is an undergraduate majoring in Environmental Studies at Penn with a specific focus on corporate operations sustainability. She has participated in the Eco-Reps program since freshman year when she immersed herself in Penn’s sustainability opportunities. She is also the former co-chair of the Student Sustainability Association at Penn and a co-founder of SPARC (the Sustainable Philadelphia Alliance of Regional Campuses). Originally from the concrete jungle of NYC; she loves spending time outdoors hiking and running. She also enjoys being part of Penn’s varsity gymnastics team and hopes to someday be a marathon runner and a corporate sustainability officer.
Bailey, originally from Chicago, graduated summa cum laude from Penn with a B.A. in Environmental Studies—concentrating in Sustainability and Environmental Management. She will finish her Masters of Environmental Studies degree from Penn in 2015. As an intern at Penn’s Green Campus Partnership, she helped to organize the Fall 2013 Move-In Green program and an RA/GA sustainability training. She also helped develop the Green Dorm Certification pilot program into the new Green Living certification program available to all College House residents. After doing her thesis on the successes and possible improvements to the Green Living program, she is working to implement the changes she recommended. She is also developing workshops that will teach concepts of sustainability in a fun, interactive way.
In the future she hopes to pursue a career that involves changing the way people think about sustainability and showing them how and why they should have a positive impact on the environment.
Emily Wei is from Vancouver, Canada, and is currently an undergraduate student studying Environmental Policy & Management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. At Penn's Green Campus Partnerships, she helped organize M.I. Green 2013 and facilitate an RA/GA Sustainability Training. Emily has also designed promotional materials for Eco-Reps, as well as created maps of recycling and water-filling locations on Penn's campus. Having grown up in a very sustainability-orientated city, she strongly values the importance of maintaing a balance between ourselves and our environment. In the future, she thus hopes to specifically work with business to help them adopt greener practices.
Originally from Greater Philadelphia, Berenice Leung is an undergraduate student pursuing a College-Wharton dual-degree to study Environmental Studies and Behavioral Economics. She helped to market the 2014 Power Down Challenge and is currently involved in Eco-Reps, Penn Vegan Society, and other eco-conscious organizations on campus. She also volunteered for the 2013 and 2014 Philadelphia Marathon Waste Watchers program-- organized by the Mayor's Office of Sustainability--after running the marathon in 2012. Berenice intends to dedicate herself to promoting sustainability and compassion to both the public and private sectors.