The vision of the Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism (CSBT) is to be the leader in the field of sustainable business and tourism research and outreach in the southeastern region of the United State and a nationally and globally recognized leader in the field.
CSBT is devoted to the implementation of innovative and sustainable business practices. Through excellent services and research efforts provided with the utmost integrity, CSBT’s goal is to provide operational solutions, improve the quality of life, and develop sustainable business models and green tourism via interdisciplinary research, community collaboration, leadership, and education.
From the Director
Rachel J.C. Chen, Ph.D, CHE
Director and Professor, Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism
Colleagues, friends, and partners of the Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism (CSBT), welcome aboard!
CSBT is the place that partners with you to help turn your vision for your business into a reality in a way that benefits everyone, now and in the future.
Our focus is to develop innovative processes designed to support profitable, sustainable growth in business and tourism, from green product development to sustainable business models.
CSBT engages in research and outreach projects with collaborative partners and communities around the globe to develop and promote products and services that emphasize sustainability.
We design and market processes for collecting data from residents/communities and non-residents/visitors, create multi-disciplinary teams, and develop integrated systems that bridge the gaps among research institutes, communities, and stakeholders. We are building a sustainable community center that will provide hands-on experiences and explore forecasts focused on innovative technologies, sustainable business practices, and sustainable tourism.
The Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism is grateful for your support and we look forward to working with you to help you achieve the strategic objectives of your business in a way that meets the needs of your customers, employees, stakeholders, and society as a whole.
For more information about me, visit my staff page.
CSBT hosted the 2012 Leadership Summit on Sustainability on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 and Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the JC Hodges Library on the UTK campus. Follow the link above for more information.
Call for Papers—CSBT Director, Rachel Chen, is guest editor for three special-issue journals. For additional information, including deadlines for manuscript submission, follow the "Special Issues" link.
From Dr. Randall W. Gentry, former Director, Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE)--
The formation of the Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism (CSBT) offers a strong new addition to the ISSE research group. Dr. Rachel J.C. Chen is the founding Director and brings a wealth of experience and energy to the group. CSBT will provide a mechanism for building the research program associated with an interdisciplinary emphasis that combines business, tourism and sustainability science. ISSE and CSBT will be able to leverage these activities to form new public-private partnerships, and explore new directions of innovation from a business-science perspective. I look forward to the partnership and helping Dr. Chen achieve the goals identified for CSBT.