Sustainable Operations Council (SOC) Membership

Chartered in 2016, 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 savings, food waste reduction, renewable energy, recycling and waste initiatives, sustainable purchasing strategies, transportation, sustainability literacy and teaching, and many others.


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Executive Team

Sara Thorndike

Senior Vice President, Finance and Business

Lara Fowler

Chief Sustainability Officer, Penn State
Director, Sustainability Institute

William Sitzabee

Vice President of Facilities Management and Planning & Chief Facilities Officer

David Snyder

Associate Vice President
Auxiliary and Business Services (ABS)

Council Members:

Sustainability Institute
Meghan Hoskins, Chair, Sustainable Operations Council
Lydia Vandenbergh
Krista Bailey
Lara Fowler

Sustainability Institute Affiliate
Sarah Klinetob Lowe

Office of the Physical Plant
Andrew Gutberlet

Office of the Corporate Controller
Marilyn F. Presto

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

Procurement Services
Duane Elmore

Commonwealth Operations
Jonathan Kukta

Transportation Services
Rob DeMayo

Human Resources
Drew Brennan

Penn State Information Technology (IT)
John Matty

Penn State Athletics
Scott Sidwell
Carl Heck

UPUA Director of Sustainability
Bella Briseno

University Faculty Senate

College of Medicine Finance & Business
Marvin Smith

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.” –