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Sustainable Hospitality & Tourism: Balancing Economics and Ecosystems (Cape Fear Branch)

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Starts On - April 28, 2017 - 11:30am
Ends On - April 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
275 Waynick Boulevard
Wrightsville Beach , NC 28480

Join USGBC North Carolina Cape Fear Branch for our third annual Signature Event at Blockade Runner Resort on Wrightsville Beach. This year's topic is Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality: Balancing Economics and Ecosystems.

Learn about the impact of sustainable tourism and our natural resources on North Carolina's economy, and why it's important environmental issues and economics are seen in a symbiotic light.

Keynote speakers & topics:

  • "Tenants of Sustainable Tourism and Local Market Research from Home/second-home Owners" — Dr. Huili Hao, Associate Professor in the the Department of Environmental Studies at UNC Wilmington
  • "Positive Economic Impact as an Ecosystem Service: Perspectives on Sustaining Green Economic Development" — Dr. Hans Vogelsong, Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and an Associate Scientist with the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy at East Carolina University
  • "Tourism-oriented Businesses in NC & the Marketability of Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism in NC" — Tom Rhodes, Developer and Manager of the NC GreenTravel Initiative, a program of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
  • "Sustainable Hospitality at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort: A Local Case Study" — Feletia Lee, Environmental Coordinator at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC

Expert panelists

Learn more about our speakers.


  • 11:30-11:45 a.m. — Registration & networking
  • 11:45 a.m.-12 p.m. — Buffet lunch (seafood and vegetarian options available)
  • 12 p.m. — Program start
  • 12-12:05 p.m. — Welcome (Tim Owens, Town Manager of Wrightsville Beach)
  • 12:05-12:15 p.m.— Opening remarks (Jessica Wilson, US Green Building Council)
  • 12:15-12:25 p.m. — Partner appreciation (Jessica Wilson, US Green Building Council)
  • 12:20-1:25 p.m. — Speaker introductions (Stephanie Kelly, Cape Fear USGBC Chair) & presentations (15 minutes each)
  • 1:25-1:30 p.m. — Introduction to expert panelists (Moderator)
  • 1:30-2 p.m. — Expert panel discussion
  • 2 p.m. — Program end


Thank you to our sponsors: Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Cape Fear Solar Systems and NC Coastal Federation.

Platinum Sponsor

blockade runner beach resort

Silver Sponsor

cape fear solar systems

Community Sponsor

north carolina coastal federation