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Our Team

Meet the team behind sustainability initiatives at Penn! Housed in 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


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 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 also serves as the co-chair of the Ivy+ Sustainability consortium, an association of fourteen universities within the Ivy League and other schools collaborating in best practice sharing and research for higher education sustainability.

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.   


elizabeth main

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 Staff and Faculty Eco-Reps program, the PennGreen Pre-Orientation program, and annual campaigns like ReThink your Footprint, the Power Down Challenge, and 30x30.

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.  



Emily Goldstein

Sustainability intern

Emily is currently a master’s degree candidate at the School of Design in the City and Regional Planning Department. She is pursuing a concentration in sustainable transportation and infrastructure planning. An AmeriCorps NCCC graduate, Emily spends much of her spare time exploring nearby hiking trails and volunteering for a number of Philadelphia based non-profit organizations.


Miles Owen

Sustainability intern

Miles recently graduated with Masters degrees in City Planning from the School of Design and Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government. In the past, he has worked as a firefighter/EMT for the US Forest Service in California, a policy researcher for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington DC, a paramedic in Kentucky, a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Fiji, and most recently as President of the graduate student government at Penn.  Despite growing up with parents who own and operate natural health food stores, he loves fast food and can usually be found at lunchtime either at the closest halal food truck or waiting in line with all the undergrads at Chipotle.


Samantha Friskey

Sustainability intern

Samantha Friskey is a rising junior in the College studying English and economics with a potential minor in sustainability management. After being introduced to sustainability through the PennGreen pre-orientation program, she has served as an Eco-Rep and a PennGreen leader. She looks forward to becoming the Residential Advisor of Eco-House, Harnwell College House’s new Environmental Residential Program. Outside of sustainability, her interests include playwriting, poetry, and exploring Philadelphia.


Hannah Sanders

Sustainability intern

Hannah Sanders is a rising senior studying Earth Science, Sustainability, and Spanish.  She has worked as a student Eco-Rep as well as served as the Co-Chair of SSAP, the umbrella group for undergraduate sustainability student groups at Penn.  Her other interests include hiking, playing Ultimate Frisbee for Penn's team, brewing her own kombucha, and plant-based cooking.



A listing of sustainability internship and research opportunities.