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.
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.
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 grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Penn magna cum laude in 2009 with a B.A. in environmental studies. He currently works as the coordinator for Penn's student Eco-Reps program and is helping to develop a similar program for the Penn staff community. Julian lives in West Philadelphia and is currently enrolled in Penn's Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program, where he hopes to focus on opportunities for fostering sustainable behavior in the consumer, corporate, and institutional sectors.
Before joining the Green Campus Partnership, Julian interned in EPA's Region 3 Office in Philadelphia. He is also a former contributor to the National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology, a group of individuals from the private, public, academic, and advocacy sectors developing recommendations for EPA directors since 1988.
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 Green Associate.
Andrea’s work at Penn focuses on working with the Staff and Faculty Eco-Reps and includes launching the Green Office Certification program.