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    As the largest segment of the travel industry, coastal and marine tourism will soon see upwards of one billion people visiting these areas on a yearly basis, making coastal... More »

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PM4SD Training Offered Online Last Updated on 2018-06-15 21:38:32                                                             Course Description        Course Modules      Contributors    The Sustainable Development Goals bring new challenges and opportunities for the tourism sector, but we need a next step for transforming the way tourism projects and destinations are managed, funded and made sustainable. The Blue Community Consortium is pleased to participate in the new online training course on PM4SD (Project Management for Sustainable Development)*, which offers proven tools for managing tourism projects more effectively, using the internationally-recognized PM4SD methodology. This is your chance to be trained in the PM4SD methodology in... More »
Choices for Our Sustainable Tourism Futures Last Updated on 2018-05-28 15:53:44   This conference is registered as part of the UN Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development. The program will focus on those choices for the future that will highlight the best practices of sustainable tourism and encourage participants to use the lessons from these best practices in development projects they may be involved in themselves.   The UNWTO Blue Community Consortium and the Bradenton Area CVB arehosting a UNWTO Affiliate meeting to celebrate the UN International Year for Sustainable Tourism. Highlights will include: ​​Presentations from international experts on sustainable tourism and development Opportunity to co-create in a futuring process Great sustainable food and networking opportunities Tours of best practices in the Blue Community Sustainable Tourism Observatory including: Pine Avenue Restoration Project, City of St. Petersburg... More »
PM4SD FOUNDATONAL CERTIFICATION Last Updated on 2018-05-03 17:04:58 The Blue Community Consortium is pleased to partner with and participate in the upcoming online training course on PM4SD (Project Management for Sustainable Development), which offers proven techniques and best practices for managing tourism projects more effectively, using the internationally-recognized PM4SD methodology. Dr. David Randle, Director of Sustainable Tourism USF Patel College of Global Sustainability is representing the Blue Community and joining other global experts and tourism leaders in this 4-week facilitated and interactive online course. The course is delivered by TrainingAid, an international tourism training company specialized in sustainable tourism, Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism (FEST) and Jlag Europe, in collaboration with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and other industry partners. We encourage you, as a key tourism industry... More »
Environmental impact of electric vehicles in China? It depends on how they are charged Last Updated on 2018-05-02 17:10:06 Environmental impact of electric vehicles in China? It depends on how they are charged​Electric vehicles play a key role in China's plan to improve air quality and reduce CO2 emissions but, with the majority of China's electricity still coming from coal-fired power plants, many question just how effective this strategy will be. Now, researchers from Harvard University and Tsinghua University in Beijing found that private electric vehicles in China can have a positive effect on CO2 reduction if owners can be incentivized to slowly charge vehicles during off-peak hours, allowing for more effective use of wind-generated power. Quickly charging vehicles in the higher energy "fast mode," on the other hand, can be counterproductive. Meanwhile, buses and taxis In China make a significant contribution to NOX emissions, a major precursor for air pollution. The team... More »
Improving Protection of Coastal Habitat and Cultural Heritage Last Updated on 2018-04-11 21:22:26 Improving Protection of Coastal Habitat and Cultural Heritage Some people may think that its challenging to improve protection towards the issues that surround coastal habitats and cultural heritage. The thing is most people don’t understand that our oceans face detrimental effects that are leading to the demise of our coastal communities. Each one of our coastal communities plays a vital role in the area to which it belongs (12 Strategies to Protect Coastal Habitat & Marine Environments). Moreover, these coastal communities would benefit best by improvements toward the protection of coastal habitat and cultural heritage around the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Bay is home to hundreds and thousands of people that come through it each year. However, having so much traffic coming through the area can create more disruption throughout the surrounding environmental habitat. Thus, certain... More »