Rabbi Daniel Swartz currently serves as the executive director of the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), a national organization devoted to protecting children from environmental health hazards through education, policy, and research initiatives. The Network, through active partnerships with groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, has played key roles in protecting children’s health and in the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Children’s Health Protection.
Swarz has published both peer-reviewed and popular science articles on issues ranging from plant ecology to global climate change. He has also published op-eds in national papers. Swarz also published studies of religious traditions and environmental values, including To Till and To Tend: A Guide for Jewish Environmental Study and Action; Jews, Jewish Texts, and Nature: A Brief History; and In This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment, edited by Roger Gottlieb. Swartz has also published a children’s book, Bim and Bom: A Shabbat Tale.
Before becoming the director of CEHN, Swartz served as the associate director of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, coordinating policy among Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, and Jewish organizations. In addition to ordination and his MHL, Rabbi Swartz holds degrees from Brown University in geological sciences and in environmental policy. He has received numerous academic honors, including prizes, scholarships, and a scholastic excellence award from the Hebrew Union College, the Senior Prize in Environmental Studies from Brown, and election to both Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.