Project Help – Environmental Impacts of Tourism

Project Help – Environmental Impacts of Tourism

Project Help – Environmental Impacts of Tourism

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Final Report instructions

TDM 480 Sustainable Tourism
Summer 2015
Project due August 10th
*For those who are doing TDM 570, your report will be more than 5-page and you have to  cover more critical aspects of sustainable tourism. I will provide you more instructions.
Students are required to conduct a mini research and write a 5-page report on a sustainable tourism related topic. Students have to pick a company/agency/institution that belongs to any tourism sector including accommodation, food, attraction (national parks, theme parks), transportation, or event. If you are not sure about the topic, please send me an email with your idea. Students are required to visit at least one site and interview employees/ customers to collect information for their project. The report should be submitted using Black Board Safe Assign. The Safe Assign checks for plagiarism, therefore you must cite the source of information. Please do not send your report via email. The final report is due on May 1st. Late submission will not be accepted. The link will be disabled after the due date.
Based on your research (site visit, interview), you need to prepare a 5-page report plus cover page and  bibliography using APA style. The report must be well structured, typed and double spaced, using 12 font size (New Times Roman), page number inserted, and one inch margin.  The report should include the following in an essay format:
a. Cover page with the title and student’s name.
b. Introduction- briefly introduce your topic, mini research, overview of the paper (10 pts).
c. Literature review – review articles on green practices in the sector you picked up (students must use at least two scholarly journal articles). This section goes beyond the company/agency picked up. You must cite articles in the text in addition to listing them in the bibliography page. Examples of journals are Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Annals of Tourism Research, and Tourism Management. You can access the articles published on these journals through ASU librarry. (20 pts)
d. What are the current green practices?- explain all green practices you identified. This section should be based on your site visits, interviews and other primary sources. (40 pts)
e. Recommendations- what are the potential green principles/practices the company/agency should follow? (20pts)
f. Bibliography using APA style (sixth page) (10pts)
How to search scholarly journal articles:
Go to ASU library page
Click on the Google Scholar (toward the bottom of the page under the Most Used Resources) .
Type keywords to search articles.
This assignment will be checked using anti-plagiarism software and returned to your instructor with an originality report.
Submit your final report (word file) by August 10th midnight.


Environmental Impacts of Tourism

Student Name

Professor Name

TDM 480 Sustainable Tourism

Summer 2015

Project due August 10 th

Environmental Impacts of Tourism


Tourism can have a strong impact on the environment of a place. The flora and fauna of a

place can disappear in no time if proper measures are not taken to protect the environment of a

place. This requires certain sustainability measures and some serious solutions. A visit to the

Yellowstone National Park was a reminder of the harmful effects of tourism and the necessity for

sustainability of our natural resources, our plants and animals and also the overall environment.

An interview with an officer in-charge of maintenance of the Park helped to understand the

ongoing problems and the reasons behind immediate implementation of strict measures to protect

the Park. The officer explained the way tourism has affected the Park and also showed the

remarkable work being done by the Park management and the government authorities. He said

that the management is devoted to sustainability and green practices and every person working in

the Park is aware of the sustainability programs. After interviewing him and going around the

Park and reading about the sustainability practices of the Park, I believe it is important that

government consider the sustainable tourism of parks should be under the control of strict rules

and regulations to protect our natural resources, parks, the animals, the plants and the overall

ecosystem because these are the gifts we will present to our future generations.

Literature Review

The recreational facilities and our natural resources like our Parks and trails have to be

protected because they are our gift to the future generations and a park, trail, or recreation facility

can become sustainable if they address the social, economic and environmental demands

(Environmental Best Management Practices Manual, 2011). The preservation of the cultural and

natural features of a place is defined as sustainability by the Michigan Department of Natural

Resources, Parks & Recreation Division for future generations (Field Guide To Environmental

Sustainability, n.d.). Natural resources can be preserved by strictly following the three principles

of sustainability: reducing waste and energy, taking care of the living systems and educating and

outreaching. Under the principle of waste and energy reduction it is important to reduce

hazardous products, reduce waste and optimize energy. Under the principle of living systems it is

considered necessary to manage the different zones by general management plans, maintain the

native ecosystems and manage and control the invasive species. Under the principle of education

and outreach it is essential to educate employees, educate visitors and stakeholders and outreach

with outside agencies to continue with the management practices that are based on

environmental stability (Field Guide To Environmental Sustainability, n.d.).

In order to control the environmental impacts of tourism certain goals can be planned in

advance. The Parks and Recreation has given some goals in its “Environmental Best

Management Practices Manual” and these goals are as follows:

1. To reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and to improve air quality by setting

some limits and levels

2. To divert the landfill disposal by 50 percent by using the process of recycling

3. To reduce the usage of water by using only 140 gallons of water per capita per


4. To use energy efficiently and to implement conservation program savings

(Environmental Best Management Practices Manual, 2011)

The reason behind the implementation of the goals and practices are to gain

environmental and financial benefits and also to make everyone accountable for the use of

resources efficiently and also for the protection for environment, to institutionalize the

management practices that will be environment-friendly, to save costs, to maximize

collaboration. To maximize sharing of knowledge and also to make a city the role model for the

other cities and communities so that others can also implement technologies and environmental

practices that will protect the environment (Environmental Best Management Practices Manual,


Current Green Practices

The Yellowstone National Park that was established in 1872 is devoted to green practices

and sustainability. It is the first National Park in the world and also a World Heritage Site and a

biosphere reserve. It is an excellent example of environmental management because it believes

strictly in sustainability and preservation of resources for this and the future generations

(Yellowstone's Vision for Sustainability, n.d.). While interviewing the Officer-in- charge of

maintenance of the Park, I got a fair idea of the importance being given to green practices and

sustainability, but while moving around the Park and seeing the practices being implemented

seriously I felt an inner sense of joy and satisfaction. I also went through articles on the

sustainability measures being undertaken by the Park and could understand the importance being

given by the Park authorities on sustainability and green practices.

Some of the green practices and sustainability steps undertaken by the Yellowstone Park

Management are:

1. Promotion and regulation of the use of the Park to conserve the scenery, wild life, and

the natural historic objects under the Organic Act of 1916.

2. The strategic plan for sustainability is developed in such a way that it clearly directs

the employees, partners, visitors to work in collaboration towards the goal of making

Yellowstone greener.

3. The strategic plan for sustainability has the goal of improving the operations and the

infrastructure with minimum impact on the environment and enhancing the

experiences of the visitors.

4. The management is devoted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the

consumption of water, energy and materials and to be environmentally-responsible

(Yellowstone's Vision for Sustainability, n.d.).

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