Sustainable Operations Council (SOC) Membership

Chartered in 2018, the Sustainable Operations Council serves to integrate sustainability as a core business strategy that strengthens and accelerates the ability of Penn State Finance and Business (F&B) and other units to provide quality service. The SOC has since brought together diverse perspectives and  expertise to enhance sustainability efforts of F&B as well as additional units and groups within the university, including Penn State Athletics, Smeal College of Business, University Faculty Senate, and student representatives. SOC members have been involved with more than 140 projects and initiatives to advance sustainable operations at Penn State through efforts focused on energy savingsfood waste reductionrenewable energyrecycling and waste initiativessustainable purchasing strategiestransportationsustainability literacy and teaching, and many others.

Executive Team

Sara Thorndike

Senior Vice President, Finance and Business

Paul Shrivastava

Chief Sustainability Officer, Penn State
Executive Director, Sustainability Institute

William Sitzabee

Vice President of Facilities Management and Planning & Chief Facilities Officer

John Papazoglou

Associate Vice President
Auxiliary and Business Services (A&BS)

Council Members:

Sustainability Institute
Meghan Hoskins, Chair, Sustainable Operations Council
Mary Easterling
Lydia Vandenbergh
David Cullmer

Sustainability Institute Affiliate
Sarah Klinetob Lowe

Office of the Physical Plant
Rob Cooper

Office of the Corporate Controller
Marilyn F. Presto

Penn State Auxiliary & Business Services (A&BS)
David Snyder

Procurement Services
Duane Elmore

Food Services
Anna Sostarecz

Transportation Services
Rob DeMayo

Human Resources
Drew Brennan

Penn State Information Technology (IT)
David Gindhart
Mary Gorman

Penn State Athletics
Scott Sidwell
Carl Heck

UPUA Director of Sustainability
Kelly Matuszewski

University Faculty Senate
John Liechty

If you are interested in learning more about the projects and initiatives the Sustainable Operations Council is involved with, please contact the Sustainability Institute via email:

The SOC looks to the Penn State Strategic Plan as well as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as framework for priortizing initiatives. The 17 SDGs are at the heart of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and planet. These goals recognize that “ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.” –