Dan Ruben is the Executive Director of Boston Green Tourism, which is a catalyst for expanding the use of environmentally-friendly practices in Greater Boston's hotels.
Among Boston Green Tourism's
40 hotels, 11 have achieved the Energy Star label, 11 are Green Key
certified, three are Green Seal certified and one is LEED certified.
Boston Green Tourism
was awarded an Environmental Merit Award by the EPA
in April 2008.
Dan is also leading two-year green programs for Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont hoteliers and restaurateurs, sponsored by the U.S. EPA, and a Barr Foundation grant to reduce energy use in Greater Boston hotels. .
Previously, Dan was the Executive Director of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions, an organization that planned, implemented and publicized environmental best practices at the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. (See www.imex-frankfurt.com/documents/CERCCaseStudy.pdf and www.bostongreentourism.org/uploads/CERC_Case_Study__print_version.pdf.) CERC won the international Environmentally Responsible Meeting Award and two EPA Environmental Merit awards.
advised the City of Denver about greening the 2008 Democratic National Convention
Dan is a past president of the Green Decade Coalition/Newton, a grassroots volunteer environmental non-profit, and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
He is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance.
Dan was the Eastern Massachusetts Coordinator for the Global Action Plan's Household EcoTeam Program, and has coached 180 participants on more than 30 Household EcoTeams to live environmentally sustainable lifestyles.
For this, he
was honored as Unsung Environmental Hero for Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
has initiated Low Carbon Diet teams, too, and has conducted training sessions for team leaders on behalf of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network.
That organization recognized him as an Everday Climate Hero in 2007.
Before working in the environmental sector, Dan spent 17 years as a health care administrator with Harvard Community Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital.
For seven years, Dan was the Health Center Administrator of HCHP's Swansea Health Center.
speaks and writes on the subjects of green hospitality, global warming and environmentally sustainable lifestyles.