Tourism and Healthy Communities

The Center for Health and the Global Environment advances the way we understand how our health is connected to the environments in which we live.  

That’s why we take a close look at how local communities are impacted by tourism. While travel represents a major opportunity for countries to enter into the global economy, research demonstrates that tourism development can overtake rural areas and generate rapid unplanned urbanized zones, unmonitored growth of airports and cruise ports, and sprawl-like growth patterns that do not automatically improve the health and well-being of local communities.   

Our work aims to provide tourism planners with resources to incorporate healthier ingredients into the development process, such as the development of green infrastructure and local food supply chains.  Our interdisciplinary research teams are poised to deliver innovation economies, healthy city planning research, and NetPositive industry planning to guide the development of healthy, prosperous tourism destinations of the future.


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