Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Societies
The Tourism, Environment, and Sustainable Societies 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.
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 Societies; Exploration & Discovery; and the Health & Human Enrichment clusters teamed up to increase awareness.
Research and findings were shared through habitat exploration, graduate course work, a film screening, an international writing workshop, and a multimedia museum exhibit.
Public programs raised awareness of the bird’s presence and the state of its habitats.