Dave holds a B.A. from California Lutheran University, an M-Div. from the Iliff School of Theology, and a doctorate in Spiritual Disciplines, Wellness and Environmental Concerns from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
As the first ordained environmental minister in the nation, Dave has successfully coordinated a national campaign to preserve water, wildlife, and wilderness areas on behalf of the Pitkin County Commissioners, served as political and environmental advisor to John Denver, and initial program development coordinator for John Denver's Windstar Foundation. Dave was selected as one of the five lead off witnesses for hearings by the U. S. Presidential Commission for a Peace Academy & Conflict Resolution, and was one of six leaders for the 150 person Global Environment Team at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following the Earth Summit, Dave worked with several local and national organizations to provide follow-up leadership training for peace, justice, and sustainability issues for intergenerational teams from local churches, youth from the International Four Worlds Earth Ambassador Program, the Salt Lake County Peer Leadership Development team, and a special leadership training in environmental concerns with youth involved in local gangs. In 2007 Dave directed the pilot UN International Days programs for World Water Day, Earth Day, International Biodiversity Day, World Environment & World Ocean Day.
Dave has been working to address environmental issues within the frame work of the United Religions Initiative where in collaboration with UNEP he developed the Earth and Faith Leadership Development Program that was piloted in the Olympic Village in Salt Lake City, and which received an Olympic Award and an award at the United Nations. During the Salt Lake Olympics Dave also directed the Olympic program on Ethics, Values, and the Environment, as well as the Olympic Peace Pole project. Dave also co-facilitates with Dr. Noel Brown the implementation of the the Call to Global Healing an international initiative which was created through collaboration with the United Religions Initiative and UNEP.
Dave is currently Managing Director for the Waves of Change International Ocean Institute Campaign and was selected as one of four Civil Society delegates for North America to the UNEP International meeting in Monaco The Waves of Change work focuses on the protection of coastal habitat and marine environments through the Blue Community program. In 2013 Dave produced a video series in collaboration with the Walt Disney Company Animal Science & Environment team to show Walt Disney Company Sustainability practices. In 2015, Dave co-chaired a consultation on sustainable tourism at Windsor Castle that included both U.N. representatives and global leaders from around the world and participated in the U.N. High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development as a guest of the UNWTO. Currently Dave is leading a team for four USF faculty to implement a grant to share best practices in sustainable tourism and marine science with counterparts in Cuba.
In addition to environmental work, Dave has served as program development coordinator, administrator and faculty for both the Colorado Mountain College Wellness Program and the Aspen Academy of Martial & Healing Arts, as Wellness Director and Administrative Staff for Deaconess Health Systems in St. Louis, MO, and developed an environmental leadership course for the Claremont Graduate School of Theology.
Dave has a variety of consulting experiences including the program development, marketing, and leadership for the Breakthrough Cruise on the Mississippi Queen River boat, the Breakthrough to Excellence program at Walt Disney World, providing of a feasibility study for HOK architectural firm and the Medical University of South Carolina $20 million Wellness/Student Center, the Snowbird Wellness Program, and the SLC VAMC Leadership Development & Breakthrough Commitment System.
Geotourism on the Right TrackLast Updated on 2016-03-11 19:46:19
Geotourism Site on the Right Track
For many people, geotourism sparks images of the Grand Canyon or Yosemite. These sites have become monsters for mass geotourism. While these destinations are beautiful, they are often degraded by the tourism itself. The sheer number of visitors to these destinations has taken away from their splendor. The Grand Canyon and Yosemite of today have little resemblance to how they looked when Native Americans first set eyes on them. The idea of appreciating the beauty and power of nature have been forgotten by many in our society. Today people visit these areas to cross it off their “bucket list”.
I thought it would be nice to take a moment and explore a natural wonder that is not as well known or as likely to be trampled over. I have decided to discuss Mt. Adams in Washington. It is known to be the least... More »
The Windsor Consultation and Sustainable TourismLast Updated on 2016-02-16 09:46:14This month I had the privilege of serving as one of the co-chairs for the Windsor Castle Consultation "Imagine the Possible: Innovation for Urban Development, Sustainable Tourism and Culture.
The Consultation was coordinated by Dr. Diane Davis of the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC). The Consultation was attended by representatives from three different U.N. agencies and global leaders from such diverse places as Europe, the UAE, U.S. and China.
The sustainable tourism portion included concepts of the anthropocene, planetary boundaries, social-ecological systems approaches, resilience thinking and cultural preservation, particularly for indigenous cultures and the cultures found in geotourism destinations.
A summary of some of the key ideas presented are as follows:
As many scientists have observed we have entered a new geological era called the Antropocene,... More »
Food Choices Are A Key Strategy for Sustainable TourismLast Updated on 2013-11-25 12:44:35Most people agree that good tasting food is part of what makes our travels more enjoyable. Unfortunately, the food served at tourism resorts is often not very sustainable.
Our food choices do impact tourism in several ways including the climate change impacts, higher energy costs, soil erosion and loss of agricultural land, and marine environment pollution from fertilizers.
It is estimated that global food production contributes between 14 and and 22% of total CO2 the world produces every year.
Food production is one of the greatest sources of greenhouse gas emissions including:
emissions from animals
transport of food
deforestation to develop cropland
The U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization reports that our diets, especially meats, may cause more CO2 than industry or transportation.
Higher energy costs can make tourism operations less profitable. As... More »
Earth Day: A Reminder to the Tourism Industry for the Need for Education and New Planning, Policy and Management.Last Updated on 2013-04-18 16:16:45
The first Earth Day in 1970 took place in the form of educational activities across the nation. It was chaired, though, not by educators, but by two politicians, Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson from WI and Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey from CA.
The event united both political parties, labor and business, the rich and the poor, urban and rural populations, and student movements across the land. Remarkable results were achieved through this educational consciousness raising, including the creation of the U.S. EPA, passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Act, and it laid the foundation for many environmental initiatives still active today.
That first Earth Day, Dave coordinated a week-long Earth Day program at California Lutheran University that provided intergenerational education for the entire city of Thousand Oaks, CA. It was a life-changing... More »
Water Conservation, Waste Mngt., & Reduction of Plastics Strategies Are Needed to Protect Coastal Habitat & Marine EnvironmentLast Updated on 2013-04-09 00:00:00
Water conservation, waste management, and reduction of plastics are all key strategies for sustainable tourism and the protection of coastal habitats and marine environments. Dave recalls that in the late 70's water conservation was essential to the survival of Marin County during a severe drought. We have both witnessed the marine litter on our beaches and waterways, and have become increasingly concerned particularly with the pollution in our oceans in plastics which now accounts for 90% of the oceans pollution.
The good news is that many in the tourism industry realize that addressing these issues is vital to sustainable tourism and protecting the natural resource values that allow the tourism business to succeed.
Sustainable tourism businesses have found that water conservation is an important strategy that can pay dividends in several ways... More »
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