Robert Horton is Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and serves as the Board’s Environmental Officer, developing and representing the Board’s position on environmental planning and compliance issues and serving as liaison to other departments, public interest groups and federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. As the Airport’s Sustainability Officer, he also provides oversight and support to other departments to ensure effective responses to sustainability polices and tracks the performance of those policies. He provides strategic and innovative leadership for DFW Airport’s environmental and sustainability programs which have resulted in key domestic and global awards for the Airport including:
2016 - First Carbon Neutral Airport in North America and largest airport in the world to achieve Carbon Neutrality to date (ACI-NA).
2016 and 2017 Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership (EPA, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry) *Only international airport recognized for two consecutive years.
He has developed one of the leading environmental and sustainability programs for DFW Airport which is the third busiest airport in the world, the largest economic engine in the DFW Region and responsible for adding $37 billion to its local economy each year.
Mr. Horton creates, participates and leads business and team initiatives and provides problem-solving guidance for the ongoing implementation of Environmental Affairs’ role in DFW’s Sustainability Policy and collaborates with the Energy, Transportation and Asset Management (ETAM) Department and the Airport Infrastructure & Development Division. He manages and directs DFW’s Noise Compatibility Program, working with the FAA, other airports and those affected by changes in air traffic procedures. He works with numerous other internal and external stakeholders to identify and implement environmental best practices that benefit the Airport, its surrounding communities, partners and those traveling through the Airport.
Prior to working at DFW Airport, Mr. Horton served in various key leadership roles with several engineering consulting firms. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Florida. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves for eight years. During that time, as a Unit Dispatcher, he coordinated and managed resources for missions in Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia.
His passion for clean resources and renewable energy began early in his life, igniting his continual drive to find new, efficient and cost-beneficial ways to protect natural resources.