Meet the team behind sustainability initiatives at Penn including Environmental Sustainability Director Dan Garofalo, Sustainability Strategic Planning Associate Sarah Fisher, Sustainability Student Outreach Associate Julian Goresko, and Sustainability Consultant Andrea Kreiner.
Our interns currently include (alpha) Sara Allan, Ryan Debold, Danielle Gambogi, 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 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.
and has presented at several conferences on the use of social marketing to drive green behavior.
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, is a senior at Penn. She is finishing her undergrad with a B.A. in Environmental Studies—concentrating in Sustainability and Environmental Management—while starting her Masters of Environmental Studies degree. 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.
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.
Ryan Debold is currently working towards his Master's in City Planning, with a concentration in Land Use and Environmental Planning, in the School of Design at Penn. He hails from Salina, Kansas, and received his Master of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University in 2010. While working at the Green Campus Partnership, Ryan has assisted with documenting campus sustainability metrics and common LEED credits across Penn's campus, as well as organizing outreach and logistics for Penn's participation in Greenbuild Philadelphia 2013. In the future, Ryan sees himself working in the confluence of planning, design, ecology, and sustainability.
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.
Danielle Gambogi is currently completing her Master of Environmental Studies at Penn, concentrating on urban energy issues and sustainable design strategies. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Danielle holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in Spanish Studies and Environmental Economics and has traveled and studied extensively in Central America. Since Fall 2012 she has served as Associate Editor of wH2O, an academic journal for global gender, water and sanitation issues. She joins the Green Campus Partnership as a Sustainability Intern to help plan and facilitate the 2014 Power Down Challenge competition. Scheduled to graduate in May 2014, Danielle hopes to pursue a career in sustainable energy management.