Spring 2019: ENVR E-118B Sustainable Tourism, Regional Planning, and Geodesign


This course introduces the basic principles of tourism master planning, enabling students to learn how communities, governments, business, and civil society can take a more inclusive and sustainable approach to planning tourism destinations worldwide. Students learn to present quantitative and qualitative economic, sociocultural, and environmental data, to determine the best management of vital natural and social resources, and to build scenarios that include the impacts of climate change, including approaches to mitigation and adaptation, over the next 20-30 years. A live interactive session is held using interactive geodesign methods to address key decisions in the process of design for tourism growth. Students participate in applying digital tools and analyses to a specific case. Each student generates scenarios and learns how to manage these scenarios through new approaches to governance. Read More & Register Here

Megan Epler Wood

Instructor: Megan Epler Wood 

Vicente Moles

Instructor: Dr. Vicente Molés 

stephen ervin

Instructor: Stephen M. Ervin  



Fall 2019: ENVR E-118 Environmental Management of International Tourism Development


This course lays out the significance of the international tourism industry, which represents approximately ten percent of the global economy, from economic and environmental management viewpoints. It provides students with an understanding of how the tourism business operates, primarily focusing on mainstream tourism, its supply chains, and how each sector of the business approaches environmental management. The course looks at the growth of tourism as an industry, how digital sales and marketing are transforming the sector, and its part in the rapid globalization of world economies. It discusses the industry's particular impacts on emerging economies, its role in employment generation and economic development, and the current status of global dialog on green tourism growth. Speakers from business and government reflect on the management of both public health and sustainability for tourism. Ecotourism and its role in the development of sustainable tourism is reviewed and discussed. Students learn how the industry is presently managing air, water, waste water, solid waste, sprawl, and ecosystem impacts, and how new systems for environmental management can be deployed. Each week a different sector of the industry is covered, including hotels, tour operations, airlines, airports, and cruise lines. Several sessions are offered on how governments manage the environmental impacts of tourism in locales such as the Caribbean, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Students learn how governments presently manage tourism, discuss how governance is changing, and review prospects for further reform and consider innovative new systems for management of growth. To learn more about the course and to get a feel for Megan’s teaching style, watch her 9-minute video that introduces the course. More information available July 2019.  

Megan Epler Wood

Instructor: Megan Epler Wood