Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department

Degree Name

BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration




Kirk Sturm


The hospitality industry is growing rapidly in its practice and implementation of green initiatives in order to preserve the natural environment and successfully meet the needs and desires of green-minded consumers. The purpose of this study was to assess the environmental sustainability practices in the hotel and special events industries of Orange County. Data was collected from participants representing seven different hotel and event venues in Orange County. The instrument used consisted of semi-structured, with some forced-choice interview questions pertaining to the sustainability practices of each property. The results indicated that the seven properties are actively establishing and practicing environmental sustainability practices and are motivated to continuously seek further improvement. This is a critical study to be utilized in comparing the Orange County hospitality industry’s current and future sustainability progress with other areas throughout the world. This study concluded by making special event sustainability recommendations.