Fall 2020: ENVR E-118 Environmental Management of International Tourism Development


This course lays out the significance of the international tourism industry, which represents approximately 10.4% of the global economy.  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 sustainability for tourism. Students learn how the industry is presently managing air, energy, water, waste water, solid waste, sprawl, and ecosystem impacts, and how new systems for environmental management can be deployed at the business and destination level. Each week a different sector of the industry is covered, including hotels, tour operators, air carriers, airports and transport.  Special attention is given to the impacts of climate change on the tourism industry, as well as on issues of carbon management of the different sectors of the industry. A set of environmental and carbon assessment tools and methodologies is presented. 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. 

Each lecture in the course will address COVID 19 impacts on the sector of the industry and the destinations covered. In addition, there will be overviews of the pandemic's effects on the economic, social, and environmental conditions being faced by tourism-related businesses, government authorities, and local society in key destinations worldwide. 

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.

Registration begins July 20, 2020: More information here.  

Megan Epler Wood

Instructor: Megan Epler Wood 



Spring 2021: 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. 

Registration begins November 9, 2020: More information here.     

Megan Epler Wood

InstructorMegan Epler Wood 

Vicente Moles

InstructorDr. Vicente Molés 

Stephen Ervin

InstructorDr. Stephen M. Ervin  



Fall 2021: ENVR E-119A Ecotourism and Sustainable Development


This course stresses the fundamentals of developing an ecotourism business, using triple bottom line business plans which respond to an analysis of local needs, markets, financing, and the connection to local and international supply chains. This course provides extensive background on the history of ecotourism, its role in the development of local economies, its connection to the global tourism trade, its role in the conservation of natural resources, and its context in key case study regions. Students discuss ecotourism business management issues with prominent ecotourism owners and take part in interactive business case studies. They also learn how to prepare a monitoring plan for their proposed business via integrated annual reporting methods.

More Information available in July 2020. 

Megan Epler Wood

InstructorMegan Epler Wood