Dave Newport was appointed Director, Environmental Center, University of Colorado-Boulder, in December 2005.
Dave came to Boulder from his previous post as the University of Florida’s first Director of the Office of Sustainability. Here Dave prepared UF’s first sustainability plan and campuswide inventory of carbon emissions.
While working at UF, Dave was elected county commissioner and served as Chairman of the Alachua County Commission (Gainesville, Florida). Dave served on many boards during his tenure including the Board of Alachua Conservation Trust, Inc, a non-profit that purchased and preserved thousands of acres of fragile Florida habitat.
Along with the late Professor Charles Kibert, Dave was a founding board member and Strategic Policy Director for Cross Creek Initiative, Inc., a Florida-based non-profit that works with public and private sector clients on green building, energy, and sustainability planning.
Dave served as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for six years. Dave later served in similar roles on the Board of the Green Sports Alliance.
Prior to joining AASHE's Board, Dave was one of three co-creators of AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking and Ratings Systems (STARS), a set of campus sustainability metrics similar to the LEED system--and dubbed by the Chronicle for Higher Education as the "gold standard of campus sustainability metrics."
Dave Newport in 1985 founded Florida Environments Magazine, a regional environmental news publication. From 1985 to 1997 Florida Environments' staff and Dave won many journalism awards including Florida Audubon Environmental Journalist of the Year and the 1000 Friends of Florida Al Burt Award for Environmental Journalism.
Previously, Dave was laboratory director and instructor in the Environmental Science Technology department at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida where he taught advanced environmental analytical techniques.
From 1976-1981 Dave was a research technician with the National Council of the Paper Industry and as an EPA contractor where he helped develop analytical methods for isolating and quantifying air and water pollutants.
A beekeeper, fisherman, and bicycle rider, Dave also plays the pedal steel guitar and dobro. He is married to Nancy Lockhart Newport and together they have five children and five grandchildren.