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Welcome to the Center for Sustainable Tourism. The Center advances research and outreach aimed at affecting changes in tourism business practices, public policies, and individual traveler behaviors that lessen any negative impacts of travel while enhancing travel's positive outcomes for both travelers and their host communities. The Center was originally established in 1998, and relocated to East Carolina University in the fall of 2007. The Master of Science in Sustainable Tourism degree program began its course offerings in the fall of 2009.
Our philosophy is that all participants in the tourism experience can, together, protect the environmental health and socio-cultural distinctiveness of tourism destinations while contributing to economic vitality. At the Center, we work across disciplines, often supporting inter-disciplinary teams for teaching, research, and outreach. Our collaborative approach capitalizes on the intellectual wealth and institutional capacity that East Carolina University can bring to the study and practice of sustainability in tourism. We are proud that our MS in Sustainable Tourism-the first such degree program in the nation- is multi- and inter-disciplinary, and that the degree is conferred by the ECU Graduate School. We welcome you to join us in ensuring that travel remains an integral part of everyone's life and that the special places travelers hold dear are enjoyed with dignity and respect.
Highlight of the month:
Graduate Program Director awarded an ECU Scholar-Teacher Award!
The ECU Scholar-Teacher Award recognizes outstanding faculty members who integrate scholarship and teaching. Each year the colleges in Academic Affairs and colleges and schools in Health Sciences recognize one or more scholar-teacher(s), based on the number of faculty in the unit. Dr. Oliver will provides a succinct presentation concerning his integration of scholarship in teaching on Thursday, April 3 in Mendenhall 244 at 1:50 pm.
NC Green Travel Tips: Get the complete list here!
GREENING OF CONFERENCES AND EVENTS: This year's Governor's Conference on Tourism in Charlotte featured a number of sustainability-oriented practices that showcased the added value of going green for event organizers and attendees. Green practices, like publishing an electronic copy of the conference program, not only reduced the amount of paper and printing costs, but also allowed conference attendees to directly connect to through their smart devices to the conference's social media efforts and Web links, as well as Division staff's contact information. Holding the conference within walking distance of area attractions and accommodations, which reduced the need for using personal cars, also allowed conference attendees to enjoy the host city without having to worry about traffic and parking. These types of value-added green practices are a growing focus for many meeting planners who are looking for ways to reduce costs, while maintaining or even enhancing the experience for attendees. However, one common mistake that many meeting planners do is they fail to effectively communicate the effectiveness of their corporate social responsibility efforts. One simple way to better communicate with attendees is by being recognized by an organization that specializes in recognizing green meetings and events such as NC GreenTravel. For more information about becoming recognized by NC GreenTravel, contact NC GreenTravel program manager Tom Rhodes, or contact Alex Naar with the Center for Sustainable Tourism at ECU at (252) 737-1346.