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Environmental Resort Project
Cape Cod is an ideal demonstration site for an environmental resort.
Tourism is the area's primary industry. In
addition, Cape Cod possesses globally important environmental qualities.
The majority of environmental resorts are located in tropical regions.
None exist on the Atlantic coast. So Cape Cod would be a good location in
which to establish an ecotourism destination. With its whale watches, nature
hikes, and education programs and as the site of the National Seashore,
Cape Cod would be a logical place to build an environmental resort.
With two grants obtained two grants from the
Community Foundation of Cape Cod, the Center for Sustainability undertook a study of the feasibility
of developing an environmental resort on Cape Cod. The investigating process included a
design workshop led by the Boston architect Gerard Ives with some twenty
participants including developers, planners, environmentalists, and tourism
industry professionals. Ives designed the innovative visitor centers at
the Massachusetts Audubon Society Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary and was involved
with the Center for Sustainable Building to develop guidelines for
renovated residential buildings in Cambridge.
In addition to making a profit, an environmental resort could demonstrate
new technologies and practices that conventional Cape Cod hotels, motels,
and inns could adopt to further protect the Cape's environment as well as
enhance the tourism industry and its marketability, create jobs, and
improve business efficiency. Environmental tourism also could strengthen
the image of Cape Cod as being a place unspoiled by modern development.
A 43-page report, An Environmental Resort for Cape Cod, prepared by
James C. O'Connell of the Cape Cod Commission, is available from the Cape
Cod Center for Sustainability. To obtain a
copy, write to email@example.com.
March 07, 2006