Environmental Logbook, Media Portfolio

Task Description:

Students are required to compile a portfolio of articles covering current environmental issues that relate either directly or indirectly to tourism and hospitality. You may choose at least some articles that will assist you with completion of the essay which is Assessment 2. A critical analysis of how the issues contained in the article affect environmental management in hotels/attractions should accompany each article. Your analysis should not simply be a summary of the article, but an informed discussion of the issues raised and their importance to environmental management in hotels and attractions, using academic research to support your arguments.

Each article analysis should be between a half and a full typed page. Six articles are required and they should be no more than two years old (i.e. published within the last 2 years). A variety of media sources should be used and may include (but not be limited to) newspapers, magazines, trade journals, academic journals, brochures, newsletters, press releases and bulletins. Articles should cover a minimum of three different topic areas from the following list:

water management
waste management
energy management
the indoor environment
building and construction management
sustainable food systems
sustainability of operations
environmental management systems
environmental legislation
national park management.

Note: At least one article in each of the three topic areas should be an academic article. The portfolio should be presented in the following manner:

an assignment cover page
heading page for each of the three topics chosen
actual copies of the articles pasted into the portfolio, sorted into the three different topics (if the article is more than one page in length, only the front page is required in order to save paper)
The portfolio can be submitted entirely electronically, it doesn’t have to be a paper-based assignment
a typed/word-processed analysis pasted onto the adjoining page to the article. This analysis/discussion should include references to the academic literature.

Possible Solution

Topic Area 1: Sustainable Food Systems

Article 1: The Importance of Sustainability in Hospitality

            David Teasdale writes about the sustainability issue in the current hotel industry in the world. Little is of surprise when we hear that there have been numerous calls for green initiatives and the wider topic of sustainability in the hotel and tourism industry. The major focus of this article is on the management of food and food waste.

            Owing to the fact that the hospitality sector is considered by many to be one of the highest consumers of energy in the global economy, a lot of solid food waste material is produced (Sandaruwani & Gnanapala, 2016). Consequently, the practice of generating humongous tonnes of solid food waste by the hospitality and tourism sector has placed a huge level of strain on the natural resources in our environment. It is estimated that there are over 1.3 billion tonnes of food which gets wasted in one way or the other, in the tourism and hospitality industry, every year (Teasdale, 2016). Clearly, it is prudent to note that the practice is one that is not only challenging, but also unsustainable in the long-run…..

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