• Community Sense of Place Community Sense of Place Tourism Impacts and Second Home Development: A Sustainable Approach
  • Climate, Weather, and Tourism Climate, Weather, and Tourism Tourism destinations and their individual tourism businesses are all vying for tourists at their respective locations.
  • Engagement and Community Engagement and Community In partnership with the Office of Engagement, Innovation, and Economic Development.
  • Rural Tourism Rural Tourism Sustaining rural America is one of today's pressing issues.
  • RESET RESET Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism
  • US Travel Care Code US Travel Care Code The United States Travel Care Code has been developed and is managed by the Center for Sustainable Tourism.
  • RETI RETI The Renewable Energy in Tourism Initiative
  • Tourism and Entrepreneurship Tourism and Entrepreneurship Developing the local tourism industry as part of an economic development strategy.

Renewable Energy in Tourism: Best Practice Manuals

For the first stage of the project, the Renewable Energy in Tourism Initiative published a set of manuals outlining current best practices in the use of renewable energy among the tourism industry. These RETI best practice manuals feature industry leaders that have adopted best practices in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and provide information and guidance to businesses of all sizes interested in realizing these benefits. Through the use of case studies, each manual outlines renewable energy adoption strategies that maximize energy efficiency, minimize environmental impacts, and result in cost savings or increased profitability across six tourism sectors:

Download PDFs:

Cruise Lines
Cruise Lines
Public Land Agencies
Public Land Agencies
Ski Resorts
Ski Resorts
Tour Operators
Tour Operators


Invitation for Public Comment

Many thanks to all those who provided feedback during our initial public comment period. For a list of public comment contributors, scroll down the RETI Resources & Links page. The Best Practice Manuals have been updated to reflect many of those suggestions, while larger changes will be made as additional funding becomes available.

The manuals, related studies and resources will continue to be refined and updated on a regular basis. Your feedback and contributions are welcome at any time and sincerely appreciated. You may download the latest version of the Best Practice Manuals from the links above, review and submit your comments to infoRETI@colorado.edu.

Please submit your suggestions in the following format:

  • Your Name
  • Title & Organization (or other affiliation with the tourism industry)
  • E-mail
  • Phone
  • What comment refers to

The Best Practice manuals were funded by a 2007 seed grant program from the University of Colorado Energy Initiative, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and the North Carolina Center for Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University. The research, case-study interviews, and initial drafts were provided by Sustainable Travel International.


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