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Dan founded Boston Green Tourism in 2005 to help Boston hotels reduce their environmental footprint. Since then, he organized over 100 workshops and authored hundreds of newsletters for Boston hoteliers. The EPA hired Dan to organize state-wide green hotel workshops and a nationwide green hotel webinar series.

Boston Green Tourism was awarded an Environmental Merit Award by the EPA in 2008. In 2014, Dan was named the Sustainable Lodging Person of the Year.

As an activist, Dan is the Chair of Green Newton and he leads its Building Standards Committee, which promotes Passive House, all-electric buildings constructed with low embodied carbon materials. He is also a Green Energy Consumers Alliance board member.

Previously, Dan was the executive director of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions (CERC), an organization that implemented environmental best practices at the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. CERC won the international Environmentally Responsible Meeting Award, two EPA Environmental Merit awards, and Mass Energy’s Advocate of the Year award.

Dan advised the City of Denver about greening the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Dan was honored by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection as the Unsung Environmental Hero in 1998 for coaching more than 200 participants on 30 Household EcoTeams and Low Carbon Diet teams to live environmentally sustainable lifestyles, and for training new coaches.

Before working in the environmental sector, Dan was a health care administrator with Harvard Community Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital. He was the Administrator of the Swansea Health Center.

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