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 Students for Sustainable Tourism

SST engages undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines in understanding and promoting sustainable tourism by providing first hand experience in the field through creating service, community outreach, and professional development opportunities.


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  NC GreenTravel

If you own or manage a lodging, restaurant, park, entertainment or other travel-oriented business, the NC GreenTravel website will provide you with information to help you become more competitive in the green travel arena.Whether your facility is in the mountains, the piedmont, or the coastal area of North Carolina, we can help you go green and save green!

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For more information contact Tom Rhodes at the NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach at (919) 707-8140, or Alex Naar the CST's Director of Outreach at (252) 737-1346

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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.

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There are a number of ways that waste reduction, pollution prevention and conservation can help your business reduce its environmental impact while reducing operating costs. The North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention offers a number of products, services, and networks that can help any business or organization reduce its utility bills.


NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance
  • Tom Rhodes - The team at DPPEA provides waste reduction assistance to the hospitality industry through a variety of tools and programs, including a database of local reduction contacts and a recycling markets directory ( DPPEA also manages The Green Plan for Hotels ( and The Green Plan for the Food Service Industry ( web sites, which provide industry specific environmental information and resources. For more information on technical waste reduction resources available from DPPEA, contact Tom Rhodes at or by telephone at 919-715-6516.
  • Brian Rosa - A DPPEA program that provides organics waste reduction resources through a variety of tools which include a composting specific web site (, the BiomassTrader (, and information on composting’s economic development and available grant programs. For more information, contact Brian Rosa at or by telephone at 919-715-6524
  • Keyes McGee - DPPEA can provide in-depth information regarding best practices for water conservation for all sectors of the tourism industry, including sports facilities and landscaping. Resources include industry specific water management options manuals, case studies, information on conducting a water audit, and technical information. For more information, contact Keyes McGee at or by telephone at 919-733-4398.
  • John Seymour - DPPEA also provides information on energy conservation through a variety of resources that can be found on their web site ( as well as the Waste Reduction Resource Center. For more information, contact John Seymour at or by telephone at 919-715-6503.
  • Kelley Dennings, Education and Outreach Project Manager - DPPEA can provide recycling information and education for all age groups. DPPEA also has information on waste reduction and recycling grants and other recycling related financing options. For more information, contact Kelley Dennings at or by telephone at 919-715-6507.


NC Cooperative Extension

Serves as a resource to each of NC 100 counties, providing information on agriculture, health, community and the environment. For more information, visit


NC Division of Tourism Development

Serve a liaison with local communities to support sustainable efforts to protect, preserve and promote the state’s natural, historic and cultural resources. Each Development Officer is strategically located across North Carolina and provides special skills that may be utilized by local communities and regional entities. For more information, visit website.


NC Restaurant and Lodging Association

A trade association representing the restaurant and lodging industries of North Carolina, the NC R&LA provides student education resources, lobbying, and professional education. For more information visit or contact Alyssa Barkley by email at or by telephone at 919-884-0098.


NC State Recreation Resources Service

Is a partnership of the Division of Parks & Recreation, NC DENR, and the NC State University. They provide technical assistance and outreach forlocal communities on issues related to parks and recreation. With six regional offices, Recreation Resource Services provides technical assistance, continuing education courses and workshops, and grant administration. For more information, visit or telephone at 919-515-7118.


Sustainable Sandhills

Non-profit serving the eight county regions surrounding Fort Bragg focused on providing sustainability outreach and education for both the general public and the business community. Currently, Sustainable Sandhills offers the only known “green” business certification program specifically for NC. For more information, visit or contact Heather Brown by email at or by telephone at 910-484-9098.


NC Main Street Center, NC Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services

Provides technical assistance for downtown revitalization through help small towns to recognize and preserve their historic fabric, and, using local resources, build on their unique characteristics to create vibrant central business districts that meet the needs of today's communities. For more information, visit
or contact Teresa Watts by email at or by telephone at 919-733-7502.


NC Amateur Sports

A non-profit in partnership with the NC Division of Tourism with the goal of promoting the spirit of amateur sports, physical fitness and health to all ages and skill levels through participation in organized events, which enrich the state of North Carolina. NCAS hosts the State Games of North Carolina, Cycle North Carolina "Mountains to the Coast" Bicycle Tour, Cycle North Carolina Spring Weekend Ride and The Be Active Challenge.For more information visit or contact Chuck Hobgood by email at or by telephone at 919-361-1133 ext 5.


NC Festival & Events Association

A membership organization of festival and events that serves the needs of their membership through annual meetings, professional training, and an annual tradeshow. For more information, visit or contact NC F&EA at or telephone 336-956-6433.

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