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 (alpha) Sara Allan, Danielle Gambogi, Berenice Leung, Bailey Rowland, JoAna Smith 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 PLANNING ASSOCIATE
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 spent time in Santiago, Chile, during undergrad where she took classes at Universidad Diego Portales and worked at La Comisión del Medio Ambiente. Sarah has been an intern at Partner for People and Place (PPP) in her hometown of Athens, Georgia. She completed field work in Haiti on a health clinic project for PPP.
As the Sustainability Strategic Planning Associate, Sarah aided in the development of the University’s Climate Action Plan and currently oversees the collection of metrics to monitor its progress. Sarah also serves as project manager for the Green Fund along with other sustainability initiatives Penn is pursuing.
Julian graduated from Penn with his B.A. in Environmental Studies (’09), Master of Environmental Studies (’14), and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Administration (’14). In his role for the university, Julian serves as the director of Penn’s student engagement programs focusing on environmental sustainability initiatives across the 10,000+ undergraduate student population including partnerships with College Housing and Academic Services, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Athletics, and Residential Services.
As a member of the University’s sustainability team in the Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services, 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 environmental initiatives for Penn’s 40,000+ student, staff, and faculty community.
Julian is a LEED Green Associate and has presented at several conferences on the use of social marketing to drive green behavior. His primary professional and academic interests relate to the intersection of behavior, marketing, and sustainability.
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.
JoAna Smith is originally from San Diego, California, and is currently a rising Junior at the University of Pennsylvania. She is majoring in Material Science and Engineering, and hopes to one day use her engineering degree to help develop sustainable energy technologies. Last year she was a Rodin College House Eco-Rep, and next year she will be on the Eco-Reps College House Exec Board as well. Some of her previous work as an Eco-Rep includes organizing a Zero-Waste dinner, assisting the Green Living Certification project, promoting the PowerDown Challenge, and encouraging food and supply donations during Move-Out. During her internship, she will be focusing on improving existing or assisting in new student directed sustainability projects and organizations.
Berenice Leung is an undergraduate student originally from Greater Philadelphia who plans to double major in Environmental Studies and Economics at Penn. Currently involved in two member groups of the Student Sustainability Association at Penn, she serves as Corporate Liaison for the Penn Vegan Society and a blogger for Penn Sustainability Review. She also volunteered for the 2013 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.
Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Danielle holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in Spanish Studies and Environmental Economics. She has traveled extensively in Europe and Central America, teaching private lessons in both English and Spanish. She currently serves as Managing Director of wH2O, Penn’s academic journal for global gender, water and sanitation issues.
Danielle graduated from the Master of Environmental Studies Program at Penn in May 2014 with a degree in Sustainability and the Urban Environment. She continues her work with the Penn community as a Graduate Sustainability Intern to expand her thesis project on sustainable healthcare practices and assist with sustainability initiatives Penn is pursuing.