Daniel Pedersen Sustainability Exec

DanielPedersenPh.D.(MIT)
Silver Spring, MD     ✆ 301-520-6657 www.linkedin.com/in/danielpedersen       ✉pedersen.mit@gmail.comPage 1
SUSTAINABILITY ENGINEERING EXECUTIVE
CREATING AND IMPLEMENTING EFFECTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS ACROSS MULTIPLE SECTORS
CURRENT POSITION: VICE PRESIDENT OF SCIENCE AND STANDARDS AT GREEN SEAL
“Combines a deep & broad knowledge of environmental science with a strong strategic sense
and an excellent grasp of the business issues surrounding sustainability ...
a delight to work with and a leader in his field” - Janet Wikler, Strategic Consultant
DYNAMIC STRATEGY ~ PROGRAM & PROJECT MANAGER ~ BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ~ SENIOR ISO AUDITOR
OPERATIONS ~ STANDARDS ~ CERTIFICATION ~ EHS ~ LIFE CYCLE ~ COMMUNICATIONS ~ TRAINING
20+ year multidisciplinary fluency in sustainability: management, standards, measurements, analysis, policy
and education. MIT-trained in environmental engineering & policy; expert at rapidly identifying life-cycle
impacts and solutions. Visionary strategic planner with intuitive assimilation to new environments and
technology. Inspirational team leader using high expectations and a relaxed mentoring/coaching approach,
promoting participation in creative problem solving to drive organizational success and staff engagement.
Articulate and persuasive communicator, adept at clearly explaining complex topics to diverse audiences.
CERTIFICATIONS: LEAD AUDITOR ISO 9001, 14001, 17025; EIT
KEY AREAS OF EXPERTISE
LEADERSHIP: SUSTAINABILITY: OPERATIONS:
♦ Dynamic Strategic Planning ♦ Sustainable Products & Processes ♦ Continuous Improvement
♦ Customer-Focused Service ♦ Policy Creation & Analysis ♦ Innovation & Growth
♦ Market-Driven Development ♦ Environment, Health & Safety ♦ Budget Planning & Control
♦ Flexible Program Management ♦ Environmental Management ♦ Stakeholder Engagement
♦ Staff Development/ Mentoring ♦ Remote Sensing, Analytical Chem. ♦ Quality & Risk Management
♦ Thought Leadership; TV Spot ♦ Research & Analysis ♦ Regulatory Compliance
♦ Polished Public Speaker ♦ Life Cycle Evaluations, Climate ♦ ANSI Standard Development
♦ Multimedia Communications ♦ Environmental Chemistry, Health ♦ Business Continuity
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
“Unique take-charge leadership skills enabled him to successfully develop & implement plans”
“Quick grasp & impressive ability to delve into technical details while seeing the overall picture”
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Proven results delivering effective market-driven initiatives in private and public
sectors, academia, NGOs, startup. Exceeds expectations despite limited funds and resources.
•   Opened new markets by creating unique flexible Standard for Environmental Innovation, enabling Green
Seal, for the first time ever, to verify environmental benefits for a wide range of applicants. greenseal.org/gs20
•   Initiated, launched Israel's first private Green Building certification in monopolistic market; recruited
strategic allies, negotiated recognition from Ministry of Environment; now growing past 120 certificates.
•   Devised 6 revenue-bearing initiatives within 6 months of employment at Green Seal;
reduced market barriers & certification costs by simplifying 10 standards in less than 2 years.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT & CERTIFICATION: Expert: ISO 9001, 14001, 14024; ANSI standards.
•   Technical Advisory Groups with Sustainability Consortium, SPLC, ASTM, ISO. Advisory Council: AASHE
•   300+ ISO Quality/Environment certifications: Nestlé, Unilever, General Electric, Veolia, Israel Air Force,
Israel Water Works, Israel Electric Corp.; labs, manufacturing, services, HazWaste treatment, landfills.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/COMPLIANCE: Created Environmental Health college courses & corporate training.
•   15+ years directing regional air-quality networks (research & regulatory), field campaigns & calibration
programs for MIT, Israel Ministry of Environment, Hebrew University, USAID programs.
•   Directed setup of 1st
AQ network in Palestinian Authority - revived moribund program despite armed conflict.
•   Developed largest-ever Mid-East air quality study w/ Jordan, Palestine, US partners; Won $1M USAID funding.
•   8 articles in premier scientific journals, e.g., Environ. Science & Technology, Atmospheric Environment.
DanielPedersenPh.D.(MIT)
Silver Spring, MD     ✆ 301-520-6657 www.linkedin.com/in/danielpedersen       ✉pedersen.mit@gmail.comPage 2
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2012-
present
“A rare breed: a scientist who thinks like a marketing professional”
GREEN SEAL, Ecolabel: The Original Seal of Environmental Approval Since 1989
Vice President: Science & Standards
Former Director: Science & Standards
Maintains 32 environmental leadership standards covering ~400 product categories in 10 retail &
B2B sectors; transparent ISO 14024-compliant standard development, stakeholder engagement &
negotiation. Senior management; setting organizational strategy, operations, goals, budgets.
•   Consistently delivered standards & market initiatives on schedule and 20% under budget.
•   Thought-leadership plans & outreach to academia; adopted as company-wide strategic objectives.
•   Engaged market leader stakeholders for successful standard development: Dow Chemical, FTC,
Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition, Healthy Schools Network, and diverse manufacturers.
•   Revised standards to comply with 2012 FTC GreenGuides for Environmental Claims.
•   Spearheaded IT initiatives: Data Security, Cloud Email, CRM system, Project Management
2011-2012 AIRBASE SYSTEMS, Hi-tech startup delivering real-time air quality data to mobile devices
Chief Scientist: Validation and Quality Management
•   Validated reliability of innovative low-cost air quality network, alternative to $100,000 stations.
•   Directed quality assurance procedures and field testing.
•   Participated in funding pitches during Venture Capital Financing stage
2010-2012
“Knowledgeable, quick learner; comprehensive overview of company activities & interactions”
“A skilled, open-minded auditor who delivers practical value and actually makes audits fun!”
IQC, Israel’s largest private ISO Certifying Body with 4,000 clients
Division Head: Environment & Sustainability. ISO 14001, 9001 Certification
Managed 15-member environmental auditing team; recruited and assimilated 8 additional auditors;
ran Division. Senior Management member: company strategy, operations, goals, budget and
growth initiatives.
•   Collaborated on cost-effective business development with sales manager and clients; boosted
brand visibility in absence of advertising budget through personal networking, low-cost ventures.
•   Built strong client relationships, contracts; full client satisfaction: service, complaint resolution.
•   Transformed division from auditing arm to include business and product development, strategic
planning, market outreach, customer relations and support, lecturing and training.
•   New viable, marketable certification services, including green building certification,
environmental declarations, greenhouse gas emissions, life-cycle analysis and ecolabeling.
•   Designed ISO 9001, 14001, Green Building training programs.
2004-2012
“Daniel is an excellent assessor… professional, accurate, efficient and pleasant to work with”
ISRAEL LABORATORY ACCREDITATION AUTHORITY (ISRAC)
Senior Lead Assessor, ISO 17025: Accreditation for Testing, Sampling and Calibration Labs
Accredited 50+ leading labs, environmental companies in private, public and industrial sectors for
ISO 17025. Technical expert for analytical chemistry & ambient sampling; set national
accreditation requirements.
2002-2010 PEDERSEN CONSULTING SERVICES
Environmental Consultant, Sole Proprietor
•   Launched and executed environmental projects in engineering, service, public and private sectors;
handled green initiatives, air quality impacts and decision optimization.
•   Audited Environment Ministry’s national Air Quality network; member of steering committee.
•   Ghostwriting technical articles in trade journals; wrote blogs; presented weekly TV spot.
DanielPedersenPh.D.(MIT)
Silver Spring, MD     ✆ 301-520-6657 www.linkedin.com/in/danielpedersen       ✉pedersen.mit@gmail.comPage 3
ACADEMIC & RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
2004-2010 HADASSAH COLLEGE JERUSALEM - Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Lecturer in Atmospheric Sciences, Grant Writer & TV Presenter
•   Created college courses in Atmospheric Chemistry, Research Methods. Initiated 5
multidisciplinary research proposals. Mentored Senior projects, taught problem-solving skills.
2002-2007
“Became a key element & overall authority in our group, while also adding from his originality”
HEBREW UNIVERSITY JERUSALEM Atmospheric Sciences, Air Quality Laboratory
Project Manager/Postdoctoral Fellow
•   Directed field campaigns, all chemical analysis. Managed, trained 5-member teams (30 total).
•   Created, implemented methods, QA/QC systems; coordinated w/ US, EU, Palestinian partners.
2002-2003 ARAVA INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Director of Air Quality Research
•   Developed largest-ever Mid-Eastern air quality study: chemical composition of airborne particles.
•   Designed all aspects of the project, including analytical methods and measurements, quality
control procedures, and timeline of testing/results; negotiated budgetary allocations.
•   Expanded USAID funding: $800K to $1M; enlisted partners from Jordan, Palestine, U.S.
1994-2002 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Research Scientist and Ph.D. Candidate - Center for Environmental Health Sciences
•   Directed 500-mile air quality network; oversaw chemical/biological testing of >1000 samples.
•   Developed analytical methods. Trained field/lab technicians. Managed $250K budget.
•   Findings used by NESCAUM, regional environmental regulators, to establish air quality policies.
CERTIFICATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
LEAD AUDITOR: ISO 9001 (IQC), ISO 14001 (IRCA/Bureau Veritas); ISO 17025 (ISRAC/ILAC).
F.I.R.S.T ROBOTICS TEAM, MONTGOMERY BLAIR HIGH SCHOOL. Mentor.
AASHE (ASSOC. FOR ADVANCEMENT OF SUSTAINABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION). Advisory Council.
TSC (THE SUSTAINABILITY CONSORTIUM). Paper, Pulp & Forestry Sector Working Group, Common Chemical
Criteria Task Force, Cold Water Initiative, Approved Providers Registry Steering Committee.
SPLC (SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL). Wood & Agrifiber Products TAG.
ASTM INTERNATIONAL. U.S. TAG to ISO PC 277 Sustainable Purchasing; E90 Committee.
MEMBER: ASQ (AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR QUALITY). ACS (AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY).
E.I.T. (ENGINEER IN TRAINING), (NCEES, PA). Listed: Israel REGISTER OF ENGINEERS & ARCHITECTS.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
8 papers in premier journals: Environmental Science & Technology, Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics,
Atmospheric Environment. Numerous technical reports, conference presentations, general purpose articles, TV
spots, workshops, webinars, multimedia communications. Listing at www.linkedin.com/in/danielpedersen.
Coatings Trends & Technologies: Keynote Speaker “Sustainable Coatings: VOCs and Beyond.” 9/15.
AASHE: “Standardizing Sustainable Food Services: Impacts, Guidelines, & Take-Home Advice.” 10/14.
AASHE: “Contributing to a Sustainability Culture on Campus through Purchasing and STARS.” 11/13.
ANSI: Green Seal Ecolabeling Program: Training for ANSI EcoLabeling Accreditation. 8/13.
TAPPI: Sustainability Certification, Paper & Pulp Industry: Requirements, Developing Trends. 4/13.
EDUCATION
PH.D. ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING + all coursework for Masters of Technology & Policy.
Dept. Civil & Environmental Engineering; Ctr. Environmental Health Sciences, Technology & Policy Program
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (M.I.T), Cambridge, MA.
B.S. ENGINEERING. SWARTHMORE COLLEGE, Swarthmore, PA. Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi.

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Daniel Pedersen Sustainability Exec

  • 1. DanielPedersenPh.D.(MIT) Silver Spring, MD    ✆ 301-520-6657 www.linkedin.com/in/danielpedersen      ✉pedersen.mit@gmail.comPage 1 SUSTAINABILITY ENGINEERING EXECUTIVE CREATING AND IMPLEMENTING EFFECTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS ACROSS MULTIPLE SECTORS CURRENT POSITION: VICE PRESIDENT OF SCIENCE AND STANDARDS AT GREEN SEAL “Combines a deep & broad knowledge of environmental science with a strong strategic sense and an excellent grasp of the business issues surrounding sustainability ... a delight to work with and a leader in his field” - Janet Wikler, Strategic Consultant DYNAMIC STRATEGY ~ PROGRAM & PROJECT MANAGER ~ BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ~ SENIOR ISO AUDITOR OPERATIONS ~ STANDARDS ~ CERTIFICATION ~ EHS ~ LIFE CYCLE ~ COMMUNICATIONS ~ TRAINING 20+ year multidisciplinary fluency in sustainability: management, standards, measurements, analysis, policy and education. MIT-trained in environmental engineering & policy; expert at rapidly identifying life-cycle impacts and solutions. Visionary strategic planner with intuitive assimilation to new environments and technology. Inspirational team leader using high expectations and a relaxed mentoring/coaching approach, promoting participation in creative problem solving to drive organizational success and staff engagement. Articulate and persuasive communicator, adept at clearly explaining complex topics to diverse audiences. CERTIFICATIONS: LEAD AUDITOR ISO 9001, 14001, 17025; EIT KEY AREAS OF EXPERTISE LEADERSHIP: SUSTAINABILITY: OPERATIONS: ♦ Dynamic Strategic Planning ♦ Sustainable Products & Processes ♦ Continuous Improvement ♦ Customer-Focused Service ♦ Policy Creation & Analysis ♦ Innovation & Growth ♦ Market-Driven Development ♦ Environment, Health & Safety ♦ Budget Planning & Control ♦ Flexible Program Management ♦ Environmental Management ♦ Stakeholder Engagement ♦ Staff Development/ Mentoring ♦ Remote Sensing, Analytical Chem. ♦ Quality & Risk Management ♦ Thought Leadership; TV Spot ♦ Research & Analysis ♦ Regulatory Compliance ♦ Polished Public Speaker ♦ Life Cycle Evaluations, Climate ♦ ANSI Standard Development ♦ Multimedia Communications ♦ Environmental Chemistry, Health ♦ Business Continuity ACCOMPLISHMENTS “Unique take-charge leadership skills enabled him to successfully develop & implement plans” “Quick grasp & impressive ability to delve into technical details while seeing the overall picture” BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Proven results delivering effective market-driven initiatives in private and public sectors, academia, NGOs, startup. Exceeds expectations despite limited funds and resources. •   Opened new markets by creating unique flexible Standard for Environmental Innovation, enabling Green Seal, for the first time ever, to verify environmental benefits for a wide range of applicants. greenseal.org/gs20 •   Initiated, launched Israel's first private Green Building certification in monopolistic market; recruited strategic allies, negotiated recognition from Ministry of Environment; now growing past 120 certificates. •   Devised 6 revenue-bearing initiatives within 6 months of employment at Green Seal; reduced market barriers & certification costs by simplifying 10 standards in less than 2 years. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT & CERTIFICATION: Expert: ISO 9001, 14001, 14024; ANSI standards. •   Technical Advisory Groups with Sustainability Consortium, SPLC, ASTM, ISO. Advisory Council: AASHE •   300+ ISO Quality/Environment certifications: Nestlé, Unilever, General Electric, Veolia, Israel Air Force, Israel Water Works, Israel Electric Corp.; labs, manufacturing, services, HazWaste treatment, landfills. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/COMPLIANCE: Created Environmental Health college courses & corporate training. •   15+ years directing regional air-quality networks (research & regulatory), field campaigns & calibration programs for MIT, Israel Ministry of Environment, Hebrew University, USAID programs. •   Directed setup of 1st AQ network in Palestinian Authority - revived moribund program despite armed conflict. •   Developed largest-ever Mid-East air quality study w/ Jordan, Palestine, US partners; Won $1M USAID funding. •   8 articles in premier scientific journals, e.g., Environ. Science & Technology, Atmospheric Environment.
  • 2. DanielPedersenPh.D.(MIT) Silver Spring, MD    ✆ 301-520-6657 www.linkedin.com/in/danielpedersen      ✉pedersen.mit@gmail.comPage 2 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2012- present “A rare breed: a scientist who thinks like a marketing professional” GREEN SEAL, Ecolabel: The Original Seal of Environmental Approval Since 1989 Vice President: Science & Standards Former Director: Science & Standards Maintains 32 environmental leadership standards covering ~400 product categories in 10 retail & B2B sectors; transparent ISO 14024-compliant standard development, stakeholder engagement & negotiation. Senior management; setting organizational strategy, operations, goals, budgets. •   Consistently delivered standards & market initiatives on schedule and 20% under budget. •   Thought-leadership plans & outreach to academia; adopted as company-wide strategic objectives. •   Engaged market leader stakeholders for successful standard development: Dow Chemical, FTC, Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition, Healthy Schools Network, and diverse manufacturers. •   Revised standards to comply with 2012 FTC GreenGuides for Environmental Claims. •   Spearheaded IT initiatives: Data Security, Cloud Email, CRM system, Project Management 2011-2012 AIRBASE SYSTEMS, Hi-tech startup delivering real-time air quality data to mobile devices Chief Scientist: Validation and Quality Management •   Validated reliability of innovative low-cost air quality network, alternative to $100,000 stations. •   Directed quality assurance procedures and field testing. •   Participated in funding pitches during Venture Capital Financing stage 2010-2012 “Knowledgeable, quick learner; comprehensive overview of company activities & interactions” “A skilled, open-minded auditor who delivers practical value and actually makes audits fun!” IQC, Israel’s largest private ISO Certifying Body with 4,000 clients Division Head: Environment & Sustainability. ISO 14001, 9001 Certification Managed 15-member environmental auditing team; recruited and assimilated 8 additional auditors; ran Division. Senior Management member: company strategy, operations, goals, budget and growth initiatives. •   Collaborated on cost-effective business development with sales manager and clients; boosted brand visibility in absence of advertising budget through personal networking, low-cost ventures. •   Built strong client relationships, contracts; full client satisfaction: service, complaint resolution. •   Transformed division from auditing arm to include business and product development, strategic planning, market outreach, customer relations and support, lecturing and training. •   New viable, marketable certification services, including green building certification, environmental declarations, greenhouse gas emissions, life-cycle analysis and ecolabeling. •   Designed ISO 9001, 14001, Green Building training programs. 2004-2012 “Daniel is an excellent assessor… professional, accurate, efficient and pleasant to work with” ISRAEL LABORATORY ACCREDITATION AUTHORITY (ISRAC) Senior Lead Assessor, ISO 17025: Accreditation for Testing, Sampling and Calibration Labs Accredited 50+ leading labs, environmental companies in private, public and industrial sectors for ISO 17025. Technical expert for analytical chemistry & ambient sampling; set national accreditation requirements. 2002-2010 PEDERSEN CONSULTING SERVICES Environmental Consultant, Sole Proprietor •   Launched and executed environmental projects in engineering, service, public and private sectors; handled green initiatives, air quality impacts and decision optimization. •   Audited Environment Ministry’s national Air Quality network; member of steering committee. •   Ghostwriting technical articles in trade journals; wrote blogs; presented weekly TV spot.
  • 3. DanielPedersenPh.D.(MIT) Silver Spring, MD    ✆ 301-520-6657 www.linkedin.com/in/danielpedersen      ✉pedersen.mit@gmail.comPage 3 ACADEMIC & RESEARCH EXPERIENCE 2004-2010 HADASSAH COLLEGE JERUSALEM - Department of Environmental Health Sciences Lecturer in Atmospheric Sciences, Grant Writer & TV Presenter •   Created college courses in Atmospheric Chemistry, Research Methods. Initiated 5 multidisciplinary research proposals. Mentored Senior projects, taught problem-solving skills. 2002-2007 “Became a key element & overall authority in our group, while also adding from his originality” HEBREW UNIVERSITY JERUSALEM Atmospheric Sciences, Air Quality Laboratory Project Manager/Postdoctoral Fellow •   Directed field campaigns, all chemical analysis. Managed, trained 5-member teams (30 total). •   Created, implemented methods, QA/QC systems; coordinated w/ US, EU, Palestinian partners. 2002-2003 ARAVA INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES Director of Air Quality Research •   Developed largest-ever Mid-Eastern air quality study: chemical composition of airborne particles. •   Designed all aspects of the project, including analytical methods and measurements, quality control procedures, and timeline of testing/results; negotiated budgetary allocations. •   Expanded USAID funding: $800K to $1M; enlisted partners from Jordan, Palestine, U.S. 1994-2002 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Research Scientist and Ph.D. Candidate - Center for Environmental Health Sciences •   Directed 500-mile air quality network; oversaw chemical/biological testing of >1000 samples. •   Developed analytical methods. Trained field/lab technicians. Managed $250K budget. •   Findings used by NESCAUM, regional environmental regulators, to establish air quality policies. CERTIFICATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS LEAD AUDITOR: ISO 9001 (IQC), ISO 14001 (IRCA/Bureau Veritas); ISO 17025 (ISRAC/ILAC). F.I.R.S.T ROBOTICS TEAM, MONTGOMERY BLAIR HIGH SCHOOL. Mentor. AASHE (ASSOC. FOR ADVANCEMENT OF SUSTAINABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION). Advisory Council. TSC (THE SUSTAINABILITY CONSORTIUM). Paper, Pulp & Forestry Sector Working Group, Common Chemical Criteria Task Force, Cold Water Initiative, Approved Providers Registry Steering Committee. SPLC (SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL). Wood & Agrifiber Products TAG. ASTM INTERNATIONAL. U.S. TAG to ISO PC 277 Sustainable Purchasing; E90 Committee. MEMBER: ASQ (AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR QUALITY). ACS (AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY). E.I.T. (ENGINEER IN TRAINING), (NCEES, PA). Listed: Israel REGISTER OF ENGINEERS & ARCHITECTS. SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS 8 papers in premier journals: Environmental Science & Technology, Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics, Atmospheric Environment. Numerous technical reports, conference presentations, general purpose articles, TV spots, workshops, webinars, multimedia communications. Listing at www.linkedin.com/in/danielpedersen. Coatings Trends & Technologies: Keynote Speaker “Sustainable Coatings: VOCs and Beyond.” 9/15. AASHE: “Standardizing Sustainable Food Services: Impacts, Guidelines, & Take-Home Advice.” 10/14. AASHE: “Contributing to a Sustainability Culture on Campus through Purchasing and STARS.” 11/13. ANSI: Green Seal Ecolabeling Program: Training for ANSI EcoLabeling Accreditation. 8/13. TAPPI: Sustainability Certification, Paper & Pulp Industry: Requirements, Developing Trends. 4/13. EDUCATION PH.D. ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING + all coursework for Masters of Technology & Policy. Dept. Civil & Environmental Engineering; Ctr. Environmental Health Sciences, Technology & Policy Program MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (M.I.T), Cambridge, MA. B.S. ENGINEERING. SWARTHMORE COLLEGE, Swarthmore, PA. Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi.