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David W. Randle

Dr. David W. Randle

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.

He currently serves as Managing Director of the Blue Community Consortium, a UNWTO Affiliate and UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatory.    For six years he directed the Sustainable Tourism concentration for the USF College of Global Sustainability.  He serves as president and executive director of the WHALE Center, and Managing Director of the International Ocean Institute Waves of Change initiative,  on the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Board of Directors and their International Knowledge, Networking, Education & Training Working Group, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) Research and Education Council, and the board of directors for the Florida Society of Ethical Ecotourism

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.

Dave also has taught many graduate level courses with the SDG Academic curriculum and has been awarded several certificates of proficiency with the following topics.

  • Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace - Certificate of Distinction
  • Human Rights Human Wrongs - Certificate of Proficiency with Distinction
  • Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet - Certificate of Distinction
  • The Age of Sustainable Development - Certificate of Proficiency with Distinction
  • Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition, and Sustainability - Certificate of Proficiency with Distinction
  • One Planet One Ocean - Certificate of Distinction
  • Sustainable Cities - Certificate of Proficiency with Distinction
  • Climate Change Science & Negotiations - Certificate of Proficiency with Distinction
  • Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities - The Quest for Safe and Just Development on a Resilient Planet - Certificate of Proficiency at rank of Planetary Steward
  • AMPG Certification of passing PM4SD Practitioner Exam
  • Spirit of the Land Award from Salt Lake Olympic Committee for Leadership Development and Environmental Education
  • Certificate of Completion of the Disney Orientation Training
  • Certificate of Staff Instructor in the National Tai Chi Ch'uan Association


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