Principal Consultant, EplerWood International
Megan Epler Wood is a conservationist, ecotourism pioneer, research leader and consultant on questions of managing sustainable tourism for destinations, business, and civil society. Since the 1990s, she has spent her career working with local people to achieve net positive results for the environment and local well-being via ecotourism. As a principal consultant for her firm, EplerWood International, she has worked in over 35 countries for international development agencies to develop regional strategies for sustainable tourism and economic development.
Since 2010, her research and teaching with Harvard and Cornell universities has vetted a wide range of solutions to help protect destinations and manage mainstream tourism using triple-bottom line business management, GIS technology combined with landscape design, environmental health, carbon accounting, and social science.
Epler Wood is the author of the 2017 book, Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet and the 2019 report Destinations at Risk; The Invisible Burden of Tourism. In her off hours, she is an avid lover of outdoor activities including kayaking, paddle-boarding, bird-watching, and cross-country skiing. In the 1980s, Epler Wood was a producer of documentary nature and environment films for National Audubon and National Geographic and worked for World Wildlife Fund-U.S.
Friday, March 6, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Closing Keynote Speaker