Daniel is a sought-after Green Building expert and a proponent of lifelong learning. He has an ongoing commitment to mentoring, service, and leadership, having founded the Las Vegas Valley Living Building Challenge Collaborative and served as Nevada’s ILFI Ambassador. As a former League of Indian Nations of North America Ambassador to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Daniel focused on international sustainability programs, social and educational programs, and native rights recognition and advocacy. Daniel committed to be Senior Mentor and LEED Project Administrator for DesertSol, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon team. Daniel assisted again in the 2015 competition, and mentored the GRoW Home team from SUNY at Buffalo.
Daniel received degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Niagara College and a Bachelors in Architecture, Masters of Architecture, and Masters of Urban Planning from SUNY at Buffalo. Beyond his professional degrees, Daniel has attained a number of accreditations, including Living Future from the International Living Future Institute and LEED certification from GBCI. This professional expertise has contributed to numerous domestic and international high performance buildings and sustainable and restorative development projects.
Daniel has been active in Green Building for over 20 years, a commitment that includes his current roles as member of USGBC’s LEED Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group, USGBC Western Regional Council Chair, NFRC Director and Governance Chair, ILFI Las Vegas Valley Collaborative Founder and Chair. Daniel has also been a Technical Subject Matter Expert to the U.S. Department of the Interior since 2009.