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Our Team

Meet the team behind sustainability initiatives at Penn!  Housed in the Facilities and Real Estate Services, Penn’s Sustainability Office includes Environmental Sustainability Director Dan Garofalo, Sustainability Manager Julian Goresko, Sustainability Analyst Madeline Schuh, and Sustainability Coordinator Elizabeth Main.

 

Dan Garofalo

Dan Garofalo

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY DIRECTOR

Dan joined Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services in 2001, and served as the Senior Facilities Planner until 2009.  He was appointed Penn’s first Sustainability Director by President Amy Gutmann in 2009, and is responsible for implementing the Climate Action Plan 2.0, Penn’s roadmap for improved environmental performance and carbon emissions reduction.  Today, the Sustainability Office staff has grown to seven, with programs supporting environmental improvement in the built environment, energy and utilities, transportation, purchasing, waste reduction, communications, and academics.

Dan 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.  He has served twice as a Peace Corps volunteer, first in Malawi as an architect 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 founding member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, and was a founder of the Community Design Collaborative, Philadelphia’s pro-bono design center.  In 2013, he was appointed the Vice Chair of Mayor Michael Nutter’s Civic Design Review committee for the City of Philadelphia.  He is also an adjunct lecturer in the Penn Masters of Environmental Science program, teaching ENVS 494, Toward Sustainability at Penn, and ENVS 682, Shifting Sustainability.

He lives in West Philadelphia with his wife, Dr. Felicity H. Paxton, the Director of the Penn Women’s Center.

 

Julian Goresko

Julian Goresko

Sustainability Manager

Julian Goresko is the Sustainability Manager for Penn’s Sustainability Office within the Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services. In his role, Julian reports to Penn’s Environmental Sustainability Director and helps oversee day-to-day functions of the office while contributing to institutional planning, strategic development, campus operations, and outreach initiatives for the University's Climate Action Plan 2.0, an institutional framework for holistic sustainability.

Julian is a founding member of Penn’s Sustainability Office and was hired in 2009 to help with the launch of the office and the implementation of Penn’s first sustainability plan. He serves as an advisor and manager to many groups across campus, including the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC), the Sustainability Coordinators, and the Student Sustainability Association at Penn (SSAP).

Julian earned his Master of Environmental Studies degree from Penn with a concentration in sustainability and a graduate certificate from the Fels Institute of Government in Nonprofit Administration. He has presented numerous times at national conferences on the subjects of social and behavioral marketing and is a passionate communicator and sustainability leader.

 

maddy schuh

Madeline Schuh

Sustainability analyst

As the Sustainability Analyst, Madeline will track and provide data analysis of campus wide sustainability metrics, work to visualize and publish sustainability data, and update campus sustainability reporting through STARS. In addition, Madeline will contribute program support towards Penn’s Climate Action Plan 2.0 initiatives.

Madeline has experience in data analysis, energy auditing, and energy engineering, developed during her previous roles. As an energy engineer, she performed energy audits and retro-commissioning on buildings throughout the New York region. In addition, she consulted with property managers to help track their energy and utility use to identify potential saving opportunities.

Madeline is from Illinois and holds a bachelor's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   

 

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Elizabeth Main

Sustainability coordinator

Elizabeth is the Sustainability Coordinator and the newest member of the team. In this role, she coordinates programs and outreach initiatives for students, faculty, and staff in support of the University’s Climate Action Plan 2.0. Specifically, Elizabeth assists in managing the Eco-Reps programs, the PennGreen Pre-Orientation program, and the annual ReThink your Footprint waste minimization and awareness campaign.

Elizabeth came to Penn from the University of Virginia’s Office for Sustainability, where she also worked in outreach programming. Elizabeth is originally from Virginia and holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences as well as a B.A. in Global Studies: Environments + Sustainability from the University of Virginia.  If you can’t find her, she’s probably digging through a compost bin to remove a piece of plastic.

 

 

Lila Bhide

Penn Garden Coordinator

Lila Bhide is the Coordinator for the Penn Community Garden, located next to Rodin College House. In this role she will be responsible cultivating and maintaining the garden as well as building a campus community around the space.  Lila has a strong background in urban agriculture from her work at The Food Project in Boston and Urban Tree Connection in Philadelphia.  Lila holds a B.A from Oberlin College in Environmental Studies.  

 

 

Jisoo Kim

ECO-REP COORDINATOR

Jisoo Kim is a junior studying Earth Science. This is her third year of involvement with Eco-Reps and her second time working for the Penn Sustainability Office. After graduation she will pursue graduate studies in the geosciences. Jisoo's hobbies and interests include the outdoors, the arts, and Hispanic culture.

 

Juliana Sandford

Sustainability intern

Juliana is a sophomore in the College intending to study philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) coupled with sustainability management. She aims to combine her interests in business and design to create tangible, sustainable change in emerging industries. Juliana is also the current editor in chief of the Penn Sustainability Review. Outside of class, you’ll find her with either yoga mat or cappuccino in hand.

 

 

Tiffany Yung

sustainability intern

Tiffany is a rising senior in Wharton from Brooklyn, NY concentrating in environmental policy, marketing, and management. As an Eco-Rep for the last two years, she has worked on promoting sustainability in Gregory College House and launching a residential composting pilot program. Tiffany is also a member of the Environ Group, a small environmental consulting group started by Penn students. In her free time, she enjoys singing / karaoke, visiting national parks, and hiking. 

 

 

Emily Zhao

Sustainability intern

Emily is from Austin, Texas, and a member of the Wharton Class of 2020. She is pursuing concentrations in marketing, management, and finance. Emily is involved in the Joseph Wharton Scholars program in which she hopes to conduct combined research in business and sustainable development. In her pastime, Emily enjoys photography, power-lifting, and cooking.

A listing of sustainability internship and research opportunities.

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3101 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
sustainability@upenn.edu

 

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