Huxley dean to discuss tourism's impact on climate change

Steve Hollenhorst, dean of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment, will give a presentation, titled “The Trouble with Tourism: Rethinking Travel in the Age of Climate Change,” as part of the college’s speaker series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, in Room 212 of the WWU’s biology building.

The presentation is free and open to the public, and will include a question and answer period.

Hollenhorst’s presentation will focus not only on the climate impacts of the tourism industry, but also how the quest for escape and exotic destinations disconnects people from investment in their local communities, according to an event announcement.

Prior to working at WWU, Hollenhorst was professor and associate dean for outreach and engagement at the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho. There, he was one of the co-principle investigators and the director of the university’s Building Sustainable Communities Initiative, director of its Park Studies Unit and its McCall Outdoor Science School. His scholarship work is in the areas of land-use policy and management, land trusts and conservation easements, and environmental leadership.

For more information, contact Huxley College at 360-650-3520.

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