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The outstanding faculty in the Master of Environmental Studies program brings a combination of world-class academic research skills and real-world experiences across many sectors to the classroom. Our faculty members are deeply invested in mentoring and guiding students to finding the best uses for their experience and education, both at Penn and in their careers beyond graduation. Students work closely with these faculty and many others on independent study and capstone research projects. Read on to learn more.

  • Lecturer, Master of Environmental Studies

    Steve Baer is a Principal Consultant for PE INTERNATIONAL Inc. and brings over 40 years of experience in manufacturing, product development, marketing and sustainability consulting. Baer leads the Building and Construction sector in North America. He is currently the chair of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Materials Technical Advisory Group, as well as a member of the LEED Technical Committee and the Codes Committee. Baer’s work focuses on helping clients to better understand and improve the environmental footprints of their products as well as their corporate sustainability practices. Baer is a frequent speaker at USGBC, universities and American Institute of Architects (AIA) conferences.

  • Lecturer, Master of Environmental Studies

    Richard W. Berman is a registered architect, having received his professional degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. He began his architectural career working for a number of firms in and around New York City. In 1999, he received his PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently a lecturer at Penn, he teaches courses on sustainable design and urban design, among others.

  • Director, Professional Master's Programs in Earth and Environmental Science

    A graduate of the University of Rochester, Yvette Bordeaux received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. A paleontologist, Bordeaux eschews dinosaurs and other large vertebrates for the fossils of much smaller creatures who can indicate how the environment has changed over time. These days, she studies epibionts, specifically the fossils of organisms that lived on the shells of brachiopods dating from the Middle Devonian of New York State.

    Bordeaux received the Provost’s Award for exceptional teaching in 2001 and the LPS Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012. Students spoke of her lively and thought-provoking lectures and her ability to make clear connections between the concepts covered in class and the real repercussions on the environment.

  • Lecturer, Master of Environmental Studies; Environmental Sustainability Coordinator and Senior Facilities Planner, Office of the University Architect

    Daniel Garofalo was named the University of Pennsylvania’s first Environmental Sustainability Coordinator in 2008, where he is now the Environmental Sustainability Director charged with leading Penn’s commitment to reducing the university’s carbon footprint and improving its environmental performance. Mr. Garofalo is an architect with over 20 years of experience in architecture, planning and construction, is active in numerous volunteer and civic organizations, and was the founder of the Community Design Collaborative, Philadelphia’s pro-bono design center. As Penn’s representative, he was a founding board member and is past chair of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council.

    He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi from 1992 to 1994, and in 2005 took a three-month leave of absence to work with other Peace Corps volunteers on post-tsunami reconstruction along the south coast of Sri Lanka. He recently completed the Hazel House, a private LEED Platinum House in West Philadelphia. Mr. Garofalo has degrees in architecture from the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in Government Administration from Penn’s Fels Institute of Government.

  • Lecturer & Advisor, Master of Environmental Studies

    Hagan retired from the UK-based pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2010 as the Vice President of Sustainability & Environment. In this position, Hagan was responsible for setting the direction for environmental sustainability at GSK and the provision of environmental governance and support to all operations. Prior to joining GSK in 1983, Hagan worked in the chemical industry and the US Environmental Protection Agency on environmental issues in the areas of research, design and construction.

    Hagan holds a BS in chemical engineering, MS degrees in Environment Health Engineering and Management Sciences, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Environmental Planning and Management. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as being board certified in Environmental Engineering.

    Hagan is also the President at Sustainability and Industrial Ecology Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to supporting industry in finding cost savings by exploring and implementing efficient process and sustainable resource alternatives.

  • Lecturer, Master of Environmental Studies, Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning

    John C. Keene received his BA from Yale University, a JD from Harvard University and an MCP from the University of Pennsylvania. Keene's teaching and research interests focus on environmental planning and law, legal and policy issues relating to brownfield remediation, and management of urban growth. He is on the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership at Penn.

    Keene has advised local governments on the legal aspects of environmental and farmland protection, and is currently working on a study of the constitutional issues that arise when a local government seeks to regulate architectural design.

  • Lecturer, Master of Environmental Studies

    Michael Kulik has taught in the Master of Environmental Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania since 2008, and also lectures at the undergraduate level in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. His 37-year career with the federal government included 27 years with the US Environmental Protection Agency, where he held a variety of management positions including Director of the Office of Public Affairs; Deputy Director of the Office of State and Congressional Relations; Deputy Director of Enforcement, Compliance and Environmental Justice; Deputy Director of the Environmental Services Division; and Director of the Office of Environmental Innovation. While at EPA, Michael taught courses in a variety of topics in environmental management. He was a member of the faculty for EPA’s international training program, through which he developed and facilitated courses in solid waste management and risk assessment and communication in Poland, Russia and South Africa. He is also currently the Director of the Public Policy Program at Franklin and Marshall College, where he teaches in the Department of Earth and Environment. His areas of specialty include environmental policy, watershed protection, and public health and environmental health issues including asthma, lead poisoning and tobacco addiction. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University and a Master of Science degree from Saint Joseph’s University.

  • Lecturer and Advisor, Master of Environmental Studies

    Stanley Laskowski has been a senior executive, leader, teacher, scientist, advisor and mentor during his career in environmental protection. At Penn he develops and teaches environmental management and policy courses and advises students and professors in many departments, including environmental science, business and law. His areas of special interest include US and global environmental management, environmental policy and issues related to the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation.

    Laskowski has been and continues to be active in support of various not-for-profit organizations. In 2006, he, with other environmental leaders, founded the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, a regional organization dedicated to help provide basic water and sanitation services to everyone in the world. He is a board member for the Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership. This business-oriented group facilitates cutting-edge research and provides training for the business and environmental leaders of tomorrow. He is also a member of the Stroud Water Research Center board and the Advisory Committee of the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center.

  • Lecturer, Master of Environmental Studies Program

    Gary Survis is a seasoned marketing and green business executive. Gary leads Syncsort's global Big Data integration marketing team. Before joining Syncsort, Gary was Founder and "Chief Buzz Officer" at Practical Digital Marketing. Prior to that, he was COO of Geoscape Solar, a firm specializing in residential, commercial and non-profit solar projects. An additional green business of Gary's was Go Green Displays where he was Founder and Managing Partner. This company delivered Practical Green solutions for face-to-face marketing (meetings, conferences, trade shows and events). Survis has been featured in multiple publications including, Knowledge@Wharton and Exhibitor magazine. He has spoken to organizations including the Wharton Energy Club, FMC's Earth Day celebration, Sustainable Brands and NJ WasteWise.

    Gary holds a Bachelor of Science from Wharton and an MBA in marketing from NYU Stern School. He is also currently a Lecturer in the MES program and a Senior Fellow at Wharton's Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership. He is also serving as the Learning Director, and faculty member, for Wharton's Executive Education program in Business Sustainability Leadership. As an IGEL Senior Fellow, Gary has participated in multiple IGEL-sponsored conferences including Careers in Sustainability, Building Energy Efficiency and Wharton Globalization Trend Lab. He has been the moderator of IGEL's Annual Conferences on The Nexus of Energy, Food & Water and Sustainability in the Age of Big Data.

  • Lecturer, Master of Environmental Studies; Professor of Landscape Architecture; Codirector, Cartographic Modeling Laboratory

    Dana Tomlin holds a BSLA from the University of Virginia, a MLA from Harvard and a PhD from Yale. Tomlin also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His work focuses on the development and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). As designer of the Map Analysis Package GIS, author of GIS and Cartographic Modeling (ESRI Press 2012), originator of the Map Algebra language embodied in most of today’s raster (image-based) GIS software and a member of the GIS Hall of Fame, Tomlin is recognized as a leading contributor to this field. He is also a recipient of the Perkins, Lindback and Student Choice awards for distinguished teaching.

  • Lecturer and Advisor, Master of Environmental Studies

    Sarah Willig teaches for the Master of Environmental Studies program at Penn, and advises students as they develop their academic careers as well. Willig has her AB in Geology from Princeton University and a PhD in Geology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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