Dan Ackerstein has based his professional career on the concept of sustainability and making that concept accessible, useful, and meaningful in the business world. For the last seven years, that pursuit has focused on sustainable building operations and the successful development, implementation, and application of the LEED for Existing Buildings.
Dan has been involved with LEED for Existing Buildings at every level, almost since the program's origination. In addition to assisting the US Green Building Council in the implementation of the LEED-EB Pilot Program, Dan also worked with the USGBC to complete the draft and finalization of the LEED-EB Version 2.0 Rating System and Reference Guide as well as a host of additional guidance documents and support materials. Dan provided technical support and project consultation to many of the original EB Pilot projects and was the lead certification reviewer for 35 of the first 45 certified LEED-EB projects, including the first 30 projects to achieve certification.
In 2008, Dan formed Ackerstein Sustainability, LLC to provide sustainability consulting, training and LEED certification project management for a wide variety of clients including commercial properties, municipalities, private companies, and educational institutions. In addition to client work, Dan served as a lead developer of the online LEED-EB:O&M submittal templates and co-author of the LEED-EB:O&M Reference Guide, and provided ongoing quality control review services to EBv2.0 and EB:O&M certification reviews performed by GBCI contractors.
Dan also performs trainings and workshops on sustainable building operations and LEED-EB across the country. Since 2008, Dan has been one of a select group of green building professionals designated 'USGBC Faculty' by the USGBC, and has provided workshops to hundreds of individuals, private firms, and institutions.
USGBC Faculty are the official instructors of USGBC's instructor-led workshops working with USGBC's education delivery partners. Dan is approved to teach the following instructor-led workshops:
Dan has a graduate degree in Corporate Environmental Strategy from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and a degree in Political Science from Tufts University. In addition to his work in sustainable building operations, Dan has worked in environmental compliance, impact assessment, and communications as well as energy efficiency and energy education programs.
When Dan isn't saving the environment, he is likely to be found surfing at Cowell's with his daughters, running the mountain trails outside Santa Cruz, or reading about sustainable seafood.