TIES Research and Education Council

TIES Research and Education Council

About TIES Research and Education Council

TIES Research and Education Council is comprised of academic leaders and ecotourism experts in the fields of sustainability and tourism. Representing diverse groups of educators and stakeholders, the Research and Education Council serves as an effective venue to support TIES mission. TIES collaborates with Research and Education Council members to help increase the organization's potentials through new projects and outreach initiatives, as well as policy and global education initiatives.


TIES Research and Education Council Members


David W. Randle

Dr. David Randle
Professor and Director, Sustainable Tourism concentration, University of South Florida
president and executive director of the WHALE Center

Managing Director of the International Ocean Institute Waves of Change initiative

As the first ordained environmental minister in the nation, Dr. David Randle 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. 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. 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.






About TIES

As the world's oldest and largest international ecotourism association, TIES seeks to be the global source of knowledge and advocacy uniting communities, conservation, sustainable travel..




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The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference will highlight global challenges and local opportunities, supporting sustainable development of tourism and promoting solutions that balance conservation, communities and sustainable travel.

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