Meet the team behind sustainability initiatives at Penn including Environmental Sustainability Director Dan Garofalo, Sustainability Strategic Planner Sarah Fisher, and Sustainability Outreach Manager Julian Goresko.
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.
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.