NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Museum of American Art is hosting the 15th Annual Global Symposium on Environmental Sustainability, in partnership with Central Connecticut State University, on Thursday, April 14.
The symposium centered on sustainable tourism and hospitality will be a one-day event consisting of several information sessions led by experts in the field. The symposium coordinator this year is Dr. Jeffery Kreeger and the welcome, at 12:45 p.m., will be provided by Dr. Charles E. Button, chair of the Department of Geography and Sustainability at CCSU and founder of the Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition (GESAC ).
“Sustainability in tourism and hospitality continues to be an ongoing goal, which is actively demanded not only by guests and customers, but also by business owners,” Button and Kreeger said in a joint statement. . “The benefits of sustainable business not only benefit the environment, but in many cases can also present a more cost effective option – a win-win scenario. Therefore, it is imperative that tourism and hospitality stakeholders remain current in their information and awareness of the sustainability challenges facing their industries so that they can develop strategies and improve operating systems to to mitigate and adapt these challenges to appease all actors involved, but more importantly. managing the limited resources available on our planet.
Following the keynote, Session A: Sustainable Tourism will be moderated by Kiva Couchon, Director of Industry Affairs at the Arizona Office of Tourism. Session B will be led by Rose Forrest, CEC, Sodexo Sustainability Coordinator MA/RI and will focus on food and beverage sustainability. Session C: Hotel Sustainability will be led by Jay Mitchell, regional vice president of operations at Buffalo Lodging Associates, LLC. Session D: The Sustainability of Event Planning will be led by Melody Zielke, a graduate in Tourism and Hospitality Studies and President of CCSU’s THS Club.
From 5-6:30 p.m. there will be a wanted poster session and social mix.
“The information shared at the upcoming 15th Annual Global Symposium on Environmental Sustainability will help participants develop strategies for a sustainable future,” Button and Kreeger added.
CCSU students, faculty, administrators, and NBANB members are free, but pre-registration is required. All others must purchase a museum ticket in order to attend. Those interested can register for individual sessions or for the full day.
The New Britain Museum of American Art is located at 56 Lexington Street.
Learn more and register for this event at nbmaa.org/events/environmental-sustainability-symposium. If you would like to present a poster during the research poster session, contact Button at [email protected]