DOI link for Environmental management
Environmental management book
Given the importance of this subject, there has been relatively little research into environmental management in the hospitality industry. The most prolific and influential source of information has been Green Hotelier, a magazine aimed at industry practitioners. Over an extended period, this publication has provided a very large number of articles, often based on case studies of highly applied ‘research’. Stipanuk (1996) argued that in the USA, the lodging industry responded to environmental issues long before they became ‘politically correct, market-opportunity driven or governmentally mandated’. He argues that this history of concern should mean that the industry will continue to care about the environment irrespective of incentives or legislative pressures. Writing at the same time, however, Brown (1996) expressed some reservations about how proactive the industry was, based on her survey of 106 hotel general managers in the UK. She based this on the failure of hotel companies to incorporate environmental measures into their management reporting and control systems. Kirk (1998) also surveyed hotel managers, in this case in Edinburgh, and found a similar lack of action. Of 85 respondents, only 19 reported an environmental policy in operation.