Daniel K. Garofalo, AIA, LEED AP
University of Pennsylvania, Environmental Sustainability Director
Daniel Garofalo was named the University of Pennsylvania’s first Environmental Sustainability Director in 2012, charged with leading Penn’s commitment to reducing the university’s carbon footprint and improving its environmental performance. He authored Penn’s Climate Action Plan, launched by Penn President Amy Gutmann in 2009, and which provides Penn’s roadmap for energy conservation, green building and development, greenhouse gas reduction, recycling, sustainable transportation, and storm water management strategies.
Prior to accepting this position, Dan served as Penn’s Senior Facilities Planner since 2001. In this role Dan assisted in vetting and selecting design professionals, reviewed capital projects (approximately $150M in annual new construction), and created the Guidelines for Design Professionals to define roles and responsibilities of university consultants. He also chaired the University Transportation and Infrastructure Coordinating Groups to develop communication strategies across the university and with City of Philadelphia agencies.
He is an architect with over 20 years’ experience in design, construction, and planning, and is active in numerous volunteer and civic organizations in Philadelphia. He was the founder of the Community Design Collaborative, Philadelphia’s pro-bono design center and was a founding board member and is past chair of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council. Dan currently serves on Mayor Nutter’s Civic Design Review board.
Dan served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi from 1992 to 1994, where he worked in the Housing and Planning Office of the capital city, Lilongwe. In 2005, he took a three-month leave-of-absence from Penn to work on post-tsunami re-construction along the south coast of Sri Lanka.
In 2010, he completed design and construction of the Hazel House, a private LEED Platinum (pending) home in West Philadelphia, and teaches Toward Sustainability at Penn, as an adjunct professor in the Penn Masters of Environmental Studies program.