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Dan Ruben

Executive Director

The Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions

HQ Phone:  (617) 527-7950

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Background Information

Employment History

Executive Director

Boston Green Tourism


Affiliations

Mass Energy Consumers Alliance

Board Member


Education

liberal arts

University of Michigan


Bachelors Degree

The University of Michigan School of Literature , Science and the Arts


Eastern MA


Masters Degree

Health Services Administration

The University of Michigan School of Public Health


Masters Degree

Health Services Administration

U. Michigan's School of Public Health


Web References(78 Total References)


www.lasellalumni.org

Presidential Speaker Series featuring Dan Ruben
Presidential Speaker Series featuring Dan Ruben Educate your vote: Environmental Policy Join President Alexander, the Lasell College community and presenter Dan Ruben for a discussion about environmental policy and how it will influence the upcoming United States Presidential Election. Dan Ruben is the Executive Director of Boston Green Tourism, an association of over 200 hoteliers and green product and service vendors who work with hotels, restaurants, and event centers in Boston and throughout the US. 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. Dan was President of the Green Decade Coalition/Newton, and is currently Chairman of the Board. He is also the Vice President of the Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance Board of Directors and an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston.


www.bostongreentourism.org [cached]

Dan Ruben
Executive Director Dan founded Boston Green Tourism in 2005, with the assistance of several hoteliers who also saw the potential for greening the Boston hotel industry. In 2014, Dan was named the Sustainable Lodging "Person of the Year" for his work. Under Dan's leadership, Boston Green Tourism was awarded an Environmental Merit Award by the EPA in 2008. 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 President of the Green Decade Coalition/Newton, and is currently Chairman of the Board. He is the Vice President of the Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance Board of Directors. Dan was honored by the Massachusetts DEP as the Unsung Environmental Hero for coaching 180 participants on more than 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 spent 17 years as a health care administrator with Harvard Community Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital. He was the Administrator of HCHP's Swansea Health Center.


www.ndcollaborative.com [cached]

Dan Ruben
Dan Ruben Dan Ruben is a facilitator, consultant, and trainer with many years of hands-on experience advancing environmental change within organizations and through collaborative networks. As executive director of Boston Green Tourism, he is a catalyst for expanding the use of green practices in Greater Boston's hotels and convention centers. Previously, Dan was the executive director of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions, where he coordinated a network of 200 non-profit, government and business professionals to plan, implement, and publicize environmental best practices at the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. CERC won the international Environmentally Responsible Meeting Award and two EPA Environmental Merit awards. Dan has been a leader in advancing sustainable change at the local level as past president and current board member of the Green Decade / Newton, an environmental non-profit that advances environmental improvements in Newton households, businesses and schools. Dan was the Eastern Massachusetts Coordinator for the Global Action Plan's Household EcoTeam Program, where he coached 180 participants on 30 Household EcoTeams to live environmentally sustainable lifestyles. He also serves on the executive committee of the Mass Energy Consumers Alliance. Dan speaks and writes on the subjects of green hospitality, global warming and environmentally sustainable lifestyles. He has advised the Environmental Protection Agency, Cotton Incorporated, Clear Channel Communications, Pioneer Investments, the Down to Earth Expo and the Energy Smackdown television show. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dan is a passionate gardener, yoga practitioner, nature observer, swimmer and cross country skier.


www.philagreenhospitality.com [cached]

Dan Ruben
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. Dan 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 in 1998. He 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. Dan speaks and writes on the subjects of green hospitality, global warming and environmentally sustainable lifestyles.


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Dan Ruben, Executive Director, Boston Green Tourism
Dan Ruben Episode 3: Did She Really Just Ask That? Highlights include an a provocative conversation about Dan's call for an urgent shift in attitudes and behaviors of all people to address global warming, detailed information about your his eco-savvy persuasion skills can move mountains along with an action packed and quick moving dialogue about the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions, an organization that promoted, implemented and publicized environmental best practices at the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Today on our show is Dan Ruben. Dan is the executive director of Boston Green Tourism, which is a catalyst for expanding the use of environmentally friendly practices for a major metropolitan area. Dan Ruben: If one poo poos global warming and says that our nation and our world should not address global warming, then one is putting all of their marbles on the notion that the National Academy of Sciences is wrong, that every Nobel Prize winner that has weighed in on the subject is wrong, that every equivalent, in every nation of our own National Academy of Sciences is wrong. Dan Ruben: I think that's right. Today, you are going to learn about how Dan has coached more then twenty five eco teams through Global Actions Plans Household Eco Team program. You'll learn how he started a campaign to get his hometown of Newton, Massachusetts to perform energy efficient retrofits on eight five buildings and, if that's not enough, you'll learn how in his daily practices, such as kundaliniyoga and organic gardening, contribute to his definition of LivingGreen. Welcome Dan, thanks for coming on the show! Dan Ruben: Thank you Meredith, any time we can talk about getting my hands dirty is exciting to me. For those of you who don't know Dan, Dan was also the executive director of The Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions. This was an organization that promoted, implemented and then publicized Environmental Best Practices at the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Convention, and, he's currently the vice president of The Green Decade Coalition located in Newton, Massachusetts. It's a grass roots, volunteer, environmental, non-profit which works with households, businesses, schools and institutions in Newton and elsewhere to implement measurable improvements in the way we use our resources. Dan, this is a lot. Now, you started a campaign to get your hometown, which is a population of about eighty thousand people, that's Newton, Massachusetts, to perform energy efficient retrofits on eighty five buildings. This campaign was successful and the city is about to invite bids on this twelve million dollar project. So first what are energy efficient, energy efficiency retrofits? Dan Ruben: Well, Newton has, as you mentioned, about eighty five buildings and most of them are energy hogs. Dan Ruben: Well, it's important because energy use is tied to global warming, when we burn fossil fuel for energy, we contribute to global warming and that's the greatest problem that our world faces today. Dan Ruben: I'm passionate about global warming because, if one's passionate about anything, it is tied up in our ability to respond to global warming. Dan Ruben: It's very hot. Dan Ruben: Well, because global warming really undermines our whole underpinnings for society. Dan Ruben: Well, I took an Environmental Studies class in 1975 and the urgency of the problem really sunk in that we're headed in a very bad direction, that our culture doesn't really and our world, for the most part, doesn't really understand our connection with nature and the direction that we're headed. Dan Ruben: If one poo poos global warming and says that our nation and our world should not address global warming, then one is putting all of their marbles on the notion that the National Academy of Sciences is wrong, that every Nobel Prize winner that has weighed in on the subject is wrong, that every equivalent, in every nation of our own National Academy of Sciences is wrong. Dan Ruben: Well, it takes takes politicians with courage, it takes leaders with courage on the local level, national level, in the faith community, in really every aspect of our life, to lead the way, to show that these changes could be made in a way that's fair, and to show that this is a moral question. Dan Ruben: Well, I have this lens, by which I look at every action as to how it impacts the planet and our future. Dan Ruben: (laughter) It's also energizing because, there's so much waste in our culture, there's so many bad practices that it's very exciting to think about how could we change that, how could we turn that around, how we could light a fire under people. Dan Ruben: The Eco-Team Program is a training program for people to live a more environmentally responsible life style. Dan Ruben: You know what, people participate for different reasons. Dan Ruben: Well, no, because we need to reexamine the way that we're living because it has a profound impact on the future. Dan Ruben: Well, the benefit first was changing my own life. Dan Ruben: It's the building blocks that allow people to figure out how to change their communities, their cities, their churches or temples, their schools. It's all the same stuff: reducing energy use, reducing garbage, reducing water. Dan Ruben: I think that's right. This is Meredith Medland, your host of LivingGreen and I'm with Dan Ruben who's the executive director of The Boston Green Tourism. Meredith Medland: We're back and I'm Meredith Medland, your host of LivingGreen and we're talking to Dan Ruben, the executive director of Boston Green Tourism, and we're about to learn about what it means to be living green. Dan, let's talk about your daily LivingGreen practices, growing your own food and your yoga practice. First, you practice kundaliniyoga almost every day. Where do you practice and what does this do for you? Dan Ruben: Well I practice in my living room every day and I go to class once a week in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dan Ruben: Well, you know I could, I see the expressions on people's faces, I see the animals in the neighborhood, I see the beauty of the sky or the beauty of buildings, where as if I don't do it or sometimes before I've done it, I just walk right past them and I'm lost in my own thoughts. Dan Ruben: That's right. Dan Ruben: It's a daily practice, yeah; it's an important part of my life. Dan Ruben: Well, it relates in that it helps me experience the environment. Dan Ruben: Yeah, I think the world unfolds if your still. Dan Ruben: Well, as an adult I'm single and I have parents living in Cleveland, Ohio and a, a brother and his family in Wilmington, Delaware and, and a sister-in-law that lives in Saint Louis and , they don't fully understand what I do but I think they really appreciate it. Dan Ruben: I'm the green person in the family; I've broken the paradigm, uh, somewhat. Dan Ruben: Well, I wouldn't count it as one of my great successes. Dan Ruben: That's right. Dan Ruben: Oh yeah, yeah, it's right on the grounds of the, of the condo association. Dan Ruben: Oh, I grow a tremendous amount of food, uh, I grow those things that tend to work and not use too much space. So I grow lots of, uh, Dan Ruben: ...lot's of greens like baby back choy and Swiss chard and collard greens. I grow tomatoes and beats, carrots. I grow, uh, garlic and basil, which I make into pesto, tomatoes and about five or six other things. Dan Ruben: Well, a lot of it is. Dan Ruben: Well, I still drive too much; I drive about ten thousand miles a year. Dan Ruben: Plane flights put out a tremendous amount of greenhouse gases; it takes a tremendous amount of fuel to fly a plane across the country, let alone across the world. This in Meredith Medland, your host of LivingGreen and I'm with Dan Ruben, the executive director of Boston Green Tourism. Meredith Medland: Welcome back from the break, this is Meredith Medland, your host of LivingGreen and I'm with Dan Ruben, the executive director of Boston Green Tourism. Dan Ruben: The Green Decade Coalition is a coalition of environmental activists in Newton that work on issues like reducing energy use in buildings, reducing energy use in transportation, we have a high performance building coalition. Dan Ruben: I go to a camp every summer Pol


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