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GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program

Practical insights and effective steps to improve your sustainability practices

**The September 2020 training has been canceled. 2021 training dates are TBD** 
**For more information, please contact Melissa Kirr**

Learn about global trends in sustainable tourism and sustainability best practices. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) offers practical insights and effective steps to help improve sustainability practices. The STTP strengthens awareness of sustainable tourism in destinations throughout Colorado, and around the world.

The intensive and interactive learning experience is a valuable training opportunity for professionals in tourism, hospitality, destination management and marketing, and sustainability. The training will be led by GSTC trainer and Walking Mountains Science Center Founder & Vice-President of Sustainability Programs, Dr. Kim Langmaid, in addition to expert guest speakers.

Individual participants will earn a Certificate of Completion after the two days, and will also have the opportunity to take a GSTC exam after the course to earn a “Certificate in Sustainable Tourism.”

Participants in the Two-Day Intensive Course Will:

  • Gain in-depth understanding of the GSTC criteria that applies to destinations, tourism management organizations, hotels, tour operators, and hospitality-related businesses.
  • Learn to prioritize and make informed decisions on how to implement sustainability practices within businesses and destinations.
  • Understand the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel & tourism, and the roles of accreditation and certification in advancing and mainstreaming sustainability throughout the tourism industry.
What's Included:
  • Two-days of intensive training, opportunities to meet professionals and build a growing network in sustainable tourism, optional social gatherings and outdoor exploration of the Vail area.
  • As part of your registration, you will receive a Certificate of Completion confirming your attendance in the class.
  • After completion of the class participants will be eligible to take an online exam to earn the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism.
  • Early Bird Member (GSTC Member/Partner or *Actively Green Member) = $335
  • Early Bird Non-Member = $375

Regular rates:

  • Member (GSTC Member/Partner or Actively Green Member) = $345
  • Non-Member = $385
Additional Option: 
  • Exam and Certificate = $75 (this fee will be collected after the class upon registration for the exam. You will receive a GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism that will printed and mailed to you if you successfully complete the exam).

*Note: Actively Green members are those who have made their annual payment for the program to Walking Mountains within the last 12 months. Actively Green certification is not required.

Application for Need-Based Discounts for GSTC Sustainable Training Classes:

There are STTP need-based discounts available to (a) Students who are currently enrolled in a university or college and are pursuing a degree in a field relevant to sustainable tourism, or (b) Professionals who demonstrate genuine needs (e.g. micro-enterprises, small local community organizations, those based in an emerging destination). 

The discount value is 40% off the regular registration rate as published on each training class registration form. 
Click here for more information on STTP scholarship requests and to fill out the application. 



About the GSTC Trainer Dr. Kim Langmaid  

Dr. Kim Langmaid is the Founder and Vice President of Sustainability Programs at Walking Mountains Science Center in Colorado’s Vail Valley. Kim played a lead role in the creation of the Actively Green GSTC “recognized” industry standard, the Mountain IDEAL GSTC “recognized” destination standard, and assisting Vail, Colorado in becoming the first certified sustainable destination in the United States.

Kim has been involved with sustainable tourism, climate action planning, collaborative conservation, sustainability education, and NGO leadership and management for over two decades. She has partnered with local governments, tourism organizations, and over 100 businesses to accomplish sustainability results. In addition to her roles at Walking Mountains, Kim teaches in the Sustainability Studies program at Colorado Mountain College, serves on the Vail Town Council, and on the Colorado Tourism Office’s Destination Development Committee.

Kim began her career as a wilderness guide and interpretive naturalist and has served in a wide variety of education and facilitation capacities since then. She is passionate about empowering others to take an active role in sustainable tourism and is excited to offer the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program through Walking Mountains Science Center and other partners in the United States.