Robert Horton

VP, Environmental Affairs

DFW Airport

VP, Environmental Affairs

Robert Horton is Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and serves as the Airport Board’s Environmental & Sustainability Officer. 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, 2017 – Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership (EPA, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry)  
  • 2019 – EPA’s Green Power Leadership Award
  • 2019 – First North American Airport to be recognized by the United Nation’s Climate Neutral Now Program

He has developed one of the leading environmental and sustainability programs for DFW Airport, the third busiest airport in the world in 2019, 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 Development and Planning 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. In 2019, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award 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.