Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Development

Tourism, Environment, and Sustainable Development

The Tourism, Environment, and Sustainable Development cluster merges a diversity of expertise to better understand the impacts of change and development, to prepare for new challenges and opportunities in tourism and economic development, and to produce innovative plans for ensuring sustainability and resiliency through stewardship and entrepreneurship. Through applied, problem-based, and community engaged learning opportunities, students in this cluster will become thoroughly prepared to solve these 21st century challenges while protecting the vast natural and cultural richness that is the essence of New England.

Real-World Cluster Project

Migration Studies and Cultural Impact of the Bicknell’s Thrush

Faculty from a variety of disciplines, students, and external partners worked to increase awareness and to conserve habitats for the Bicknell’s Thrush.

The Problem

Greater awareness and conservation action is needed to protect the Bicknell’s thrush, a threatened migratory songbird, and its habitat.

Awareness of the Issue

The birds migrate between New Hampshire’s high peaks and the declining forests of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Perspectives from all three cultures were considered.

Collaborative Team Projects

Students in the Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Development; Exploration & Discovery; and the Health & Human Enrichment clusters teamed up to increase awareness.

Proposal Presentations

Research and findings were shared through habitat exploration, graduate course work, a film screening, an international writing workshop, and a multimedia museum exhibit.

Improved Outcomes

Public programs raised awareness of the bird’s presence and the state of its habitats.

Undergraduate Degree ProgramsGraduate Degree ProgramsMinorsCluster Projects
Anthropology/Sociology
Applied Linguistics
French
Geographic Information Systems
Geography
Global Tourism
Latin American Studies
Northern New England Heritage Studies
Pacific Rim
Political Science
Spanish
Sustainability
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Anthropologist Film Screening
Visiting the Bicknell's Thrush at Cannon Mtn.
Forest to Forest: Bicknell's Thrush
Conservation of the Bicknell’s Thrush Conference
Cultivating Sustainable Leaders
Exploring New England Culture Heritage
Mt. Prospect Region Land Conservation
Quebecois Tourism
Valuing Our Campus Trees and Community Forests
Vernal Pool
L-TEME site at the Beebe River