Adopting sustainable practices can be a challenging and sometimes even overwhelming endeavor to try and do alone. There are a number of organizations, businesses, and state agencies that can provide the assistance and support you might need to green your tourism destination.
Whether instituting a successful recycling program, offering environmental education at your destination, or providing access to nature-based activities, North Carolina has a number of organizations that can help your business increase the value of your product.
Partnership for Bar & Restaurant Recycling
This partnership provides information and resources for bar and restaurant owners, managers, and employees to comply with House Bill 1518 that requires certain Alcohol Beverage Commission permit holders to implement recycling efforts. For more information, contact Rachel Eckert at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 919-715-6505.
NC Project Green
A program established to support State and local governments to collectively set an example of environmental stewardship. NC Project Green can help provide support for a variety of State owned and managed facilities ranging from historic sites to county parks & recreation complexes. For more information, contact Rachel Eckert at email@example.com or by telephone at (919) 715-6505.
Sustainable North Carolina
A non-profit organization that aims to accelerate the adoption of sustainability by the North Carolina Business Community. They have developed a network of like-minded nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies that provides information, education, and assistance in locating products and services, and public recognition of North Carolina organizations leading change toward sustainability. For more information, contact Sustainable NC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 919-839-2111.
NC Office of Environmental Education
A division of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Office of Environmental Education acts a clearing house of the environmental education across North Carolina. The Office of Environmental Education and provide assistance to any tourism organization interested in including environmental education as part of their tourism product. For more information, contact Marty Wiggins by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 919-733-0711.
NC State Integrated Pest Management for NC Schools
Integrated Pest Management (IMP) is a multi-pronged common-sense approach to pest control that dramatically reduces the use of potentially harmful and toxic chemicals by addressing pest problems before they occur. NC State IPM for NC Schools is a source for information for non-agricultural applications of IMP. For more information, contact Dr. Godfrey Nalyanya by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 919-515-5650.
Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Stretches 1,000 miles from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks, with the help of countless volunteers and communities. The Friends of the MST is a non-profit organization that works with communities, state, local, and federal agencies, and private citizens to complete the construction of the trail as well as provide maintenance and support of the trail. Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea trail can help provide creative strategies to integrate the Mountains-to-Sea trail as part of your tourism destination. For more information, contact Kate Dixon by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 919-698-9024.
NC Paddle Trails Association
Works with local communities and state wide representatives to further the development of paddle trails in NC. Efforts include the development of paddle trail infrastructure and boat access, provide statewide representation, and paddle trail development at the local level. The NC Paddle Trails Association also works with local communities to develop sustainable tourism development through nature based tourism. For more information, contact Tom Potter by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 919 738-6314.
NC Birding Trail
A partnership between a number of stage agencies and non-profits, the NC Birding Trail is a series of three regional driving trails to link some of the State’s best birding locations. The program, in conjunction with the Birder Friendly Business program, works to increase birding related tourism to the state and contribute to nature based tourism development. For more information, contact the NC Birding Trail by email at email@example.com, or telephone at 919-604-5183.
NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Agritourism
The relationship between the land and the food is an increasingly popular trend in the tourism industry. North Carolina offers a number of opportunities for travelers to experience farming firsthand, many of which can be found at http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/agritourism/documents/2007AgritourismDirectory.pdf. For more information on NC agritrouism opportunities, contact Martha Glass by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 919-733-7887.
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
A western North Carolina focused program, ASAP aims to promote and support local agriculture through a combination of working with farmers, consumers, and the business community. ASAP have a growing number of programs that serve as models for increasing the availability and accessibility of local agricultural products to tourist. For more information, contact Peter Marks by email at email@example.com or telephone at 828-236-1282.
North Carolina Conservation Network
A statewide network of over 120 environmental, community and environmental justice organizations focused on protecting North Carolina’s environment and public health. The NC Conservation Network supports, trains, and coordinates diverse groups and directly advocates to achieve equitable and sustainable solutions for our environment. For more information, contact Jessilyn Kemp by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 919-857-4699 ext 108.
A conservation organization focusing on birds that uses deliberate science with direct protection, public education and grassroots advocacy. For more information, contact Ida Philips by email at email@example.com or by telephone at (919) 929-3899.