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.
- November 13, 2013- New advances in Greening technology. It was only a few years ago that compact florescent lighting (CFL) was the best option for energy efficient lighting. Yet, in less than a decade, LED lighting has overtaken CFLs as the best alternative in energy efficient lighting. The progress in LED color, brightness, and costs have been tremendous, with 60 watt-equivalent LED bulbs now retailing for as low as $10. There have also been great advances in lighting controls, with a growing number of LED bulbs that can be controlled wirelessly and remotely and many other advances in lighting control technology for the hospitality industry. Energy management systems (EMS) for the hospitality industry have also seen drastic improvements recently. Early EMS had a number of problems, but through improvements in technology and best practices, a growing number of EMS options are available for a broad range of accommodations and attractions that can improve the guest experience and reduce energy costs. However, some of the biggest advances in greening the tourism industry have been from new ways of thinking about waste rather than new technology. One of the biggest successes in reducing waste in the hospitality industry has been toiletries recycling, which collects soaps, lotions and shampoos