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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.


A changing energy future possibly poses the greatest threat or greatest opportunity for the tourism industry. Rising energy costs, climate change, and changing energy public policy all give reason for any tourism business to start investigating how they can participate in the energy solution rather than the energy problem.

NC GreenPower

The nation’s first statewide, multi-utility green energy program.Participation in NC GreenPower, a nonprofit that works with the NC Utilities Commission, helps grow the production of North Carolina green energy by offsetting the current higher costs of renewable energy production and funding carbon offsetting projects. NC GreenPower can work with tourism businesses to find a renewable energy solution that meets their organization’s specific needs, evaluate the costs of participation, and help market their support of clean local energy. Also, NC GreenPower is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so participation may be tax-deductible. For more information on NC GreenPower, visit, or contact Martha Gettys by email at or by telephone at 919-857-9021.


NC Energy Office

Lead agency for energy programs and services and serves as the official source for energy information and assistance for consumers, businesses, government agencies, community colleges and schools, and the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. For more information, visit, or contact Chuck Sathrum by email at or by telephone at 919-715-1158.

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