Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Sustainable Travel International

  • New York, NY
  • www.sustainabletravel.org

Mission Statement

Our Mission: Improving lives and protecting places through travel and tourism.

Our Belief: Travel and tourism can protect the world's natural and cultural riches and create economic opportunity.

Our Strategy: Because it's among the world's largest industries, tourism has the potential to alleviate poverty, hunger, gender inequality and environmental degradation in the world's most vulnerable regions. But that takes vision, collaboration and a collective road map so that all the relevant players—including government ministries, businesses and community leaders and travelers—have a clear path toward change. In destinations around the world, we bring people together and equip them with tools, support and guidance they need to become change agents, empowered to protect the places they call home.

Main Programs

  1. Carbon Management Program
  2. STEP Eco- Certification Program
  3. Destination Stewardship Program
  4. Advisory Services
  5. Standards and Sustainable Management Systems
  6. Travel Philanthropy
Service Areas

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International

We work with travel and tourism businesses and destinations around the globe.

ruling year

2004

CEO since 2015

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Brian Mullis

President since 2015

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Dr. Louise Twining-Ward

Keywords

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Tourism Planning, Sustainable Development, Community Development, Sustainability Planning, Sustainability Assessment, Sustainable Tourism, Responsible Tourism, Destination Planning, ecotourism

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EIN

37-1461679

 Number

3835895850

Physical Address

White Salmon,

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Sustainable Travel International (STI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works toward improving lives and protecting places through travel and tourism. For 13 years, Sustainable Travel International has been developing, testing, and sharing cutting edge methodologies, solutions and knowledge to drive greater sustainability in destinations. Governments, companies, NGOs and communities worldwide are uniting and using these solutions to achieve the right balance between economic and sustainable development, and protection of their natural, cultural and heritage assets.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Carbon Management Program

STI is addressing global climate change by educating others about how to reduce CO2 emissions and supporting high quality, high impact carbon offset and renewable energy projects around the world. All of the projects offered are verified and or certified by independent third parties and are managed by other non-profits. The carbon offset portfolio features myclimate™ Verified Emission Reductions and Certified Emission Reductions, Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) Green Tags, and Conservation Carbon from Conservation International, which are among the best available in the marketplace.

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Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 2

STEP Eco- Certification Program

STI has developed the Sustainable Tourism Eco-Certification Program™ (STEP), the world's first comprehensive, global sustainable tourism eco-certification program offered by a non-profit organization, which is aligned with the minimum baseline Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) and impending global accreditation though the Sustainable Tourism Stewardship Council (STSC). STEP is designed to be user-friendly, educational in nature, practical as a measurement and management tool, and applicable to tourism businesses of all sizes, including newcomers to sustainability, those wanting to improve their existing approach, and businesses that have long-standing sustainability programs.

STEP aids travel and tourism related companies in measuring their impact and implimenting positive change strategies regarding the triple bottom line: economic, environmental, and socio-cultural impact of all their business operations.

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Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 3

Destination Stewardship Program

Many of our world’s most beautiful cultures and eco-systems are located in economically depressed locations.  As a result, travel and tourism are often the largest sources of income in these areas.  Through our work with destination management organizations and travel companies, we have noticed the significant, positive impact that thoughtful planning can have on destinations, particularly the sensitive destinations mentioned above. 
STI’s Destination Stewardship services are designed to provide practical solutions for successfully integrating sustainable tourism practices into destination planning and management.  Our services are based on solid environmental and business practices, and focus on encouraging long-term sustainability for the participating businesses.  This destination-wide sustainability strategy is designed to help travelers, travel and tourism companies, governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders support environmental conservation, cultural heritage preservation and regional economic development.

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Community Development

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 4

Advisory Services

STI specializes in providing sustainability and tourism development advisory services to companies, destinations, destination management organizations, and NGOs.  We make use of professional experts when forming an advisory team, which affords us great flexibility in the locations and types of projects we take on.  Our most common requests are Sustainabilty Assessments and Supply Chain Management services.

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Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 5

Standards and Sustainable Management Systems

Standards provide visitors with the assurance that a destination or tourism business is on the path toward sustainability and has met globally recognized criteria for clean water, responsible energy use, local employment and sustainable sourcing. We have been at the forefront of sustainability standard development since 2002.

To help destinations and businesses responsibly plan for tourism development, our user-friendly, cloud-based sustainable management systems allow users to assess, monitor and report on customizable indicators revolving around sustainability planning, business management, environmental resources, supply chain management, economic development, ecosystems and cultural heritage.

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Community, Business & Industry

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Program 6

Travel Philanthropy

Millennials are the fastest growing consumer segment of the travel industry. Active, adventurous, connected and socially conscious, Millennials want to engage with places they care about; they want to give back.

Inspired by this tendency toward good global citizenship, we work with tourism companies and destinations to set up travel philanthropy programs, which allow travelers of all ages to support the places and causes they care about; it’s a win-win approach for travelers and host communities alike.

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Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our mission is to improve lives and protect places through travel and tourism. Our goal is to:

    - Develop thriving destinations where environmental resources are carefully managed and culture and heritage is respected.

    - Support tourism enterprises reduce natural resource use, protect the attractions that they rely on and hold to better local employment standards.

    - Increase local employment opportunities.

    - Improve quality of life in destinations through higher incomes, better health, and increased pride in place.

    We are working towards improving the lives of at least 10 million people through travel and tourism over the next ten years.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    - Develop and refine tools and solutions that help tourism businesses and destinations build better futures for themselves.
    - Make our solutions for tourism businesses and destinations more accessible to a wider audience.
    - Focus our work on regions with high biodiversity, a low human development index score, high tourism penetration, and high economic reliance on tourism.
    - Partner with global influencers who can extend the scale and depth of our impact.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We work with travel and tourism businesses and destinations around the globe.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

STI is currently seeking funding to support program development in three program areas: STEP Eco-certification, Carbon Management, and Destination Stewardshiand seek foundation or grant funding to pay for the costs associated with this expansion.

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SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL
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Operations

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Sustainable Travel International

Leadership

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CEO

Brian Mullis

President

Dr. Louise Twining-Ward

BIO

Since 2002, Brian T. Mullis has been dedicated to fostering a more just and responsible travel and tourism industry—one that protects the environmental, economic and social fabric of destinations globally and that holds itself accountable for its impacts.

Brian began his career working in national parks in the United States, and went on to own and operate an international adventure and eco-travel company for nine years before founding Sustainable Travel International.

Under his leadership, the organization has assisted public and private partners—including leading airlines, cruise lines, destination managers, hoteliers, ministries of tourism and tour operators—in the adoption of practices that support a healthy environment, economic opportunity and social well-being.

Brian has developed flagship programs in low carbon tourism development, destination stewardship, market access, capacity-building and sustainable tourism standards. His work has taken him to 56 countries across five continents.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"Since 2002, Sustainable Travel International has helped communities, hotels, airlines, cruise lines and governments to plan responsibly — to chart their road maps for responsible growth so that they can contribute to the economic and social well-being of the one in eleven people around the globe whose lives and livelihoods depend on the world's wanderlust.

So far, we have helped more than 100 destinations to protect their natural and cultural assets, enhanced the experience of millions of visitors and increased the livelihoods of millions of people living in travel and tourism destinations globally.

We are determined to do more. And we need your help.

Today, Sustainable Travel International is convening like-minded travel and tourism leaders — destinations and companies that are also determined to contribute to the greater good and the long-term well-being of people and places most impacted by our need and desire for new experiences, new people and new places.

Over the next 10 years, we are committed to …
*Contributing to the social and economic well-being of at least 10 million people in travel and tourism destinations around the world
*Increasing the economic benefits of travel and tourism to protected sites and neighboring communities
*Creating networks and alliances throughout the travel and tourism industry to multiply the benefits of our good work.
*Engaging millions of travelers in the growing, global movement to make their actions."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Roger Lang

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BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?