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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 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. Litty Paxton, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at the Annenberg School for Communications.

maddy schuh

Madeline Schuh

Sustainability analyst

As the Sustainability Analyst, Madeline tracks and provides data analysis of campus wide sustainability metrics. She works to visualize and publish sustainability data, and update campus sustainability reporting through STARS. In addition, Madeline contributes 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 manages 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.

Emily Goldstein

GRADUATE Sustainability intern

Emily is a recent graduate of the School of Design's City and Regional Planning program. Her concentration in the City and Regional Planning program was 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.

Joshua Reaves

GRADUATE Sustainability intern

Joshua is a master's degree candidate at the Weitzman School of Design in the City and Regional Planning Department. He is pursing a concentration in community and economic development. Joshua graduated from Earlham College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Peace and Global Studies. When outside the office, Joshua enjoys reading, activist activities, and training for upcoming triathlons.

Shravanthi Kanekal

GRADUATE Sustainability intern

Shravanthi is a rising second year in the Weitzman School of Design pursuing a Masters in City Planning with a concentration in Land Use and Environmental Planning. In her free time, Shravanthi enjoys hiking, swimming, and gardening, or you may find her watching (other people's) dogs at a Philly dog park.

Abbey Waugh 

UNDERGRADUATE Sustainability intern

Abbey is a rising senior working towards a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Biology with a minor in Anthropology. On campus, she is involved with the Climate Reality Project: UPenn Chapter and Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity. She enjoys reading and watching cute dog vids.  

Patrick Teese

UNDERGRADUATE Sustainability intern

Patrick is a rising senior in Penn's Urban Studies Program focusing on architecture, environmental sustainability, and the built environment. He's involved in the green community on campus as co-president of Epsilon Eta and as part of the hive maintenance team for Penn Beekeeping Club.

A listing of sustainability internship and research opportunities.