Sustainable  Tourism  on  a  Finite  Planet              
Environment, Business and Policy Solutions

A new book that challenges readers to consider the skills, tools and investments required to protect irreplaceable global resources from the impacts of escalating tourism demand in the next 50 years.

Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet, by Megan Epler Wood, is being timed to help guide the Post-Paris COP 21 dialogue on measuring tourism impact and the upcoming International Year of Sustainable Tourism and International Development. It is available for Pre-order. Innovative approaches are proposed to support the transition to green infrastructure, protect incomparable landscapes, and engage local people in the monitoring of vital indicators to protect local resources.

This book will give you a comprehensive and deep understanding of all the multiple actors in the international tourism industry and their environmental impacts and challenges, along with economic, political, and cultural dimensions. The comprehensive analyses of each segment of the industry - tour operators, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and the emerging online tourism entrants - lay out quantitatively and qualitatively the business models, competitive dynamics, policy, and environmental aspects. A comprehensive, penetrating, and highly readable analysis of the challenges and possible solutions for achieving environmental sustainability. Read this and become instantly knowledgeable.
James E. Austin, Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus,
Co-Founder, Social Enterprise Initiative, Harvard Business School

To be released in November 2016 and published by Earthscan Press, Routledge, Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet will be available worldwide in paperback, hardcover, and ebook form. Institutions can contact EplerWood International to offer this book for 20% off to members and for rights to undertake foreign translations. 
New Class on Ecotourism at Harvard Extension

A new class on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development is being launched at Harvard Extension taught by Megan Epler Wood, on-line with open enrollment access worldwide. This advanced level course on ecotourism applies 27 years of lessons learned from Epler Wood, business and policy leaders in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Students will review case studies and will be asked to develop projects with business approaches based on local costs and scenarios. Key words: social enterprise, natural resources, conservation and international development.

All those interested in sustainable tourism and ecotourism are encouraged to take Epler Wood's core offering Environmental Management of International Tourism Development, held both in the classroom and on-line. Now in its 7th year, this course lays out the structure of the international tourism industry, its supply chains, and how much each sector's business models influence the environmental management of the industry. Key words: sustainability, environmental management, business responsibility, carbon management, hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, destinations, economic development, supply chains.

Classes begin the week of August 29, 2016. Registration information can be found here. Harvard Extension classes are open enrollment, and can be taken for a certificate, undergraduate or graduate credit.

New Team Members

Sofia Fotiadou, Research Associate
Sofia joins the team to perform research on Carbon Reporting Frameworks for Sustainable Tourism in collaboration with Megan's work at Harvard's Center for Health and the Global Environment. She will analyze existing indicators and evaluate how the tourism sector can develop a cloud-based reporting system on biophysical and social indicators to be integrated into the Post-Paris COP 21 system. Read Bio.

Tanner Knorr, Social Media and Communications Specialist
Tanner joins the team as a Teaching Assistant at Harvard Extension and as a volunteer to build EplerWood International's social media and communications presence to ensure stakeholders worldwide receive relevant information on education, training, and sustainable tourism management approaches. Read Bio.

Please contact Jaime Pepper ( for media inquiries, speaking engagements, or information on obtaining Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet for 20% off or foreign translation rights.
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