• 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.

Affiliate Faculty

Affiliate Faculty share an interest and enthusiasm for the Center's mission, conduct tourism research activities in conjunction with the Center, serve as thesis advisors and members, and mentor students working on sustainable tourism related research.


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Rebecca Sweet
Design Solutions in Sustainable Tourism

Rebecca Sweet

Associate Professor, Department of Interior Design & Merchandising
College of Human Ecology
Rivers West 226
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Voice: 252-328-1357
FAX: 252-328-5655

Community Outreach Interests

My main outlet for community outreach is Rebuilding Together Pitt County, NC, Inc. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit affiliate of the national Rebuilding Together, www.rebuildingtogether.org. I am a founding member and President of the Board of Directors of our local affiliate. We were incorporated in August, 2007. We rehabilitate homes for the elderly, low income, single parent families with children. We have an annual Work Day the first Saturday of April to complete our selected homes with volunteers from the community. Preparation for this event begins a year in advance. RT Pitt County is committed to encouraging student participation in community outreach and we provide opportunities for them to work with us as interns.

In addition I participate in collaborative community projects with faculty from other disciplines and institutions. These projects are diverse with some being design development for new construction or adaptive reuse. The projects are consistent in the requirement that the design must be sustainable.

Research Interests

My research is a qualitative, interpretive research study that examines seminal architecture and design solutions to identify qualities that each work shares according to a prescribed set of criteria. The integration of this body of research led to the definition of a unique framework for interior design entitled Interior Environmental Poetics. Interior Environmental Poetics is the art and science of designing interior environments that evoke aesthetic and emotional experiences between the designer and the user to convey a sense of place and a perception of human spirit. It is the art of interior design that gives a place meaning and life, embodying it with features that move us deeply. It is the science that develops programs, identifies needs, and addresses life, safety, and health issues pertaining to human interaction within an interior environment.

Publications and Presentations

  • O’Brien, E., Sweet, R., & Sagdic, Y. (2005). Greening kitchen and bath cabinets. Housing and Society, 32(2), 63–80.
  • Sweet, R., Warsco, K., & Chin, R. (2006). Greening homeowners: A collaborative educational challenge. Housing and Society, 33(1), 73–86.
  • Interior environmental poetics: The art and science of interior design. (2006, March 28–April 2). 2006 IDEC International Conference. Scottsdale, AZ.


  • IDSN 2800: Interior Design I: Residential Design
  • IDSN 2850: Interior Design II: Commercial Design I
  • IDSN 3550: Materials and Specifications for Interior Design
  • IDSN 4700: Problems in Interiors – Sustainable Design

Sustainable Tourism | Rebecca Sweet

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