Dave Newport is Director of the Environmental Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder—the nation’s first, largest, and most accomplished sustainability enterprise of its kind.
Founded on Earth Day 1970, the Environmental Center’s 120+ student and professional staff operate higher education’s original recycling program, alternative transportation programs, energy and climate conservation programs, sustainable food, environmental justice, environmentally preferred purchasing, and numerous other student-led operational, educational and research initiatives.
Dave also Chairs the university’s Carbon Neutrality Working Group, led the creation of CU’s climate action plan, and is a Faculty Associate in the Environmental Studies department where he teaches the nation's first course in Carbon Neutrality Planning for Higher Education.
Dave is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and is one of the three original co- creators of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Ratings System (STARS) that is emerging as "higher education’s gold standard for assessing campus sustainability," according to the Chronicle for Higher Education.
Dave led the University of Colorado’s team that last year compiled the nation’s first STARS Gold sustainability assessment award. CU has also been ranked as the nation’s #1 Green campus by Sierra magazine (2009).
Dave is a member of the Editorial Board of Sustainability magazine, and writes and presents frequently on related topics. Dave is also allied with Academic Impressions, Inc., where he has helped shape that organization’s sustainability practice and tools such as the AI Sustainability Roadmap system.
Dave’s 30-plus years in the environmental industry includes his immediate past position as the first Sustainability Director at the University of Florida, project manager of Florida’s first climate neutrality assessment project, and while at Florida co-authored he first comprehensive sustainability assessment of a college campus performed to international business standards.
Dave founded and for 15 years managed the award winning Florida Environments magazine and related products. Dave is also a former county commission chairman, serving 1998-2002 on the Alachua County Commission (Gainesville, Florida). Dave's first job out of college was as a research technician for the pulp and paper industry's environmental research foundation where he developed scientific pollution monitoring methods for pulp mills. Dave has also taught environmental analysis courses in the Florida community college system.
Dave studied at Syracuse University and the University of Maryland, is a proud GaTech parent, but will always be a Gator!