Date

6-2013

Degree Name

BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

Department

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department

Advisor(s)

Kirk Sturm

Abstract

Sustainability is an emerging trend that is accessible through programs and practices for the public and organizations. Museums, zoos, and aquariums exhibit and maintain collection pieces for observation and study. The purpose of the study was to analyze the top museum, zoo, and aquarium websites to determine their sustainability practices. This study was conducted through a website checklist developed by the researcher. Data were collected using a representative sample of the top museum, zoos, and aquariums within the United States. The sample was based upon the Travel Channel’s “Top 10 Free U.S. Museums”, “America’s Wildest Zoos”, and “Best Aquariums in the U.S.”. The results of the study indicated sustainability was mentioned on 93% of organization websites and 21 of the 29 organizations studied mentioned sustainability within its mission statement. Based upon the findings of the study, sustainability is important to organizations, even if sustainability is not one of the goals of the organization.

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