• 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

2013-2014 Center for Sustainability Annual Report has been published!


NC Green Travel Tips: Get the complete list here!

Sustainability for Music Festivals: Music festivals across North Carolina are popular visitor events that support local economies and community quality of living. These festivals often attract visitors from across the demographic spectrum, helping to increase a region’s visibility and promote amenities attractive to small business and company development. For most music festivals, sustainability (e.g. recycling, waste management, energy conservation) has been a corner stone of their planning and continues to expand and improve with each passing year. The Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in Silk Hope offers a number of sustainable opportunities such as composting and recycling bins, the utilization of solar energy, access to locally grown foods, and a firm commitment to water conservation and preservation of the local woodlands. The success of the recycling initiative at the Mountain Song Festival in Brevard is attributed to dedicated volunteers as well as the cooperation of local food vendors who serve on compostable ware so that everything can be recycled or composted. In 2013, the festival recycled 80 percent of the total waste with its sights set for 100 percent recycling of food waste this year. For more information on greening events and festivals, click here, or contact NC GreenTravel program manager Tom Rhodes at (919) 707-8140. For more information on sustainable tourism, contact Daniel Johnson with the Center for Sustainable Tourism at ECU at (252) 737-4296.

Sustainable Tourism

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