• 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.

Sustainable Tourism

Message from the Director, Dr. Patrick Long

Dr. Patrick Long Welcome to the Sustainable Tourism component of the Center for Sustainability. Sustainable tourism here at East Carolina University (ECU) 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 original Center for Sustainable Tourism was established in 1997, and relocated to ECU in the fall of 2007. Just recently the center joined the College of Engineering and Technology and its work has expanded; it has been renamed the Center for Sustainability: Tourism, Natural Resources, and the Built Environment (CfS). The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Sustainable Tourism degree program began its course offerings in the fall of 2009 and is managed by the CfS.  

Our philosophy regarding sustainable tourism 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. 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. .

News and Upcoming Events

Its a Reunion!!

  The first four MS-ST candidates who began the program in 2009 gathered last week for a small reunion. All are successfully pursuing their careers utilizing the knowledge in sustainable tourism that they gained in the program. Also pictured are Dr. Pat Long, Director, Dr. Joe Fridgen, the first Graduate Program Director, and Dr. Huili Hao, Director of Research at the Center.

NC Green Travel Tips: Get the complete list here!

Now that the dog days of summer are in full swing in North Carolina, swimming pools are very popular places to beat the heat. Pool maintenance is crucial to ensure that pool facilities are sanitary and inviting for a refreshing dip, but such an amenity can also contribute to the degree of sustainability of a tourism business' operation. Here are a few simple tips on how to make swimming pool facilities more sustainable. First, make sure there are no major leaks in any component of the swimming pool system. Second, conducting preventative maintenance of major equipment like pumps and filters is crucial in maximizing the efficiency of the system and energy costs. It is also important to perform routine inspections on minor equipment such as automatic pool cleaners and flow meters to make sure they are operating at full capacity. Limiting the evaporation of water in the pool by installing a cover can also contribute to a more sustainable swimming pool and reduce operation costs. Proper operational procedures like backwashing filters that involve water consumption should be planned and executed to reduce the quantity of water needed. It is also more cost effective to plan these procedures during nonpeak hours of energy consumption. Good stock chemical management can reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated by consuming resources before the chemical's expiration dates and can contribute to cost savings. Installing LED lighting within the pool area can also reduce energy consumption and cost and providing recycling containers around the pool can reduce waste. For more information on pool management and regulations in North Carolina, visit http://ehs.ncpublichealth.com/faf/pti/pools.htm. For more information on sustainable pool maintenance, contact Tom Rhodes at (919) 707-8140. For more information on sustainable tourism, contact Daniel Johnson at (252) 737-4296.

Sustainable Tourism

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