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The International Sustainable Tourism Initiative (ISTI) at Harvard's Chan School of Public Health announces a panel on Sustainable Local Sourcing of Food by the Hotel Industry.

Megan Epler Wood, Director of ISTI at the Center for Health and the Global Environment will moderate a discussion at the SHINE Summit on Harvard campus, June 15-17, Knafel Center, Radcliffe Campus, Cambridge, MA. The SHINE Summit brings together industry leaders to set a bold vision for positive economic, societal, and environmental impact. Registration is open

On June 17 there will be two sessions on Sustainable Hotels.
  • A Keynote Address
    • Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Ltd.
      • ITC Hotels, India's largest hotel company has set out to transform Indian society through business innovation that is translated to the guest experience. The NetPositive policies in building construction, landscape management, energy, waste and food procurement makes ITC a leading model for generating economic and social value in India.
  • A Panel Discussion on procuring healthier local food products and the research presently available on how to drive demonstrable net positive benefits for the environment and local well-being.
    • Katelin Kennedy, Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, Hilton Worldwide
    • Amber Marie Beard, Vice President Sustainability, Six Senses
    • Salli Felton, Chief Executive, The Travel Foundation

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Megan traveled to Yucatan, Mexico on an Ecotourism Speaking Tour May 10-17 hosted by Merida Consulate, U.S. Embassy
  • Presentations
    • Yucatan State University & Quintana Roo University
    • Yucatan State Secretary of Tourism and Secretary of Urban Development, State Sustainability Director of Tourism Quintana Roo, Campeche State Secretary of Tourism
    • Communities in Ek Balam, Calakmul, Centro Ecoturistico Los Cenotes de Miguel Colorado, Xpujil Municipal Authorities
Results of her visit are found in this in-depth blog on community-based ecotourism in the region

Time Inc's Travel+Leisure Taps Epler Wood's Guidance on Travel Impacts

"How to Travel Greener" by Alexandra Zissu provides travelers with guidance from Epler Wood's research at Harvard on global travel industry impacts, in this highly informative article with excellent infographics.

Boston Globe feature interview with Megan Epler Wood on Ecotourism

"Putting Ecotourism on the map: more experiential; less exploitative travel" 
By Diane Daniel, November 7, 2015

Megan Epler Wood interviewed on PBS

This past August, Megan appeared on Connect, a Vermont PBS talk show that features regional personalities doing pioneering work in the world. Megan discusses the evolution of ecotourism over the past 25 years; whether rural areas are more likely to be exploited by tourism; threats to ecotourism; how competition for resources impacts ecotourism; and her projects in Brazil.