The University of Georgia Costa Rica 2014-2015 Sustainability Report UGA Costa Rica 2014 - 2015 Sustainability Report - Page 34

External Certification 34 GOAL: Renew CST certification with a goal of achieving 4 leaves by 2011. a difference every day for our students, guests, employees, and neighbors. Tourism, which has the potential to be an environmentally harmful activity, represents the main source of income in Costa Rica, a world leader in conservation and responsible use of natural resources. If sustainable measures are incorporated in the development and operation of tourism activities and projects, tourism can be a powerful tool to achieve economic development in balance with people and the environment. In order to achieve this goal within the tourism industry, Costa Rica developed the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) program. The organizations that participate in this program work hard in order to minimize the negative impacts tourism can have on the environment and in society. UGACR is proud to be one of these organizations making The CST program is administered through the Ministry of Tourism. This program is designed to differentiate businesses in the University of Georgia Costa Rica tourism sector based on the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural, and social resource management. As described on the CST website, CST evaluates four core management aspects related to sustainability: Certificate for Sustainable Tourism 100% EEEEE EEEE EEE EE 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% E 20% 10% 0% Biophysical Environment Facilities Infrastructure 2008 (L3) External Clients 2010 (L2) Socioeconomic Environment 2014 (L4)