Dave Newport is director of the Environmental Center at the University of Colorado Boulder — the nation’s first, largest, and most accomplished center of its kind. Dave 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 a course in carbon neutrality planning for higher education. He 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, or STARS, that is emerging as higher education’s gold standard for assessing campus sustainability.
Dave led the University of Colorado team that compiled the nation’s first STARS Gold sustainability assessment award last year. CU has also been ranked as the nation’s No. 1 green campus by Sierra magazine, and is consistently rated among the nations greenest campus by an array of other ranking systems.