Course Description

This course, taught by KapCC's Hospitality and Tourism department faculty, is the study of the pillars of hospitality business management that incorporates planet, people, profit, and ethics. The course establishes a broad foundation in sustainability and provides participants with local, regional, and global perspectives on current and pressing issues and problems related to the hospitality industry.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, HOST TBA will begin the spring semester in a synchronous remote format. Should the situation improve during the semester, it could become possible to meet in face to face class sessions. With the synchronous remote class format, participants will meet at the regularly scheduled times for the course, connecting remotely via Zoom. A synchronous format will allow you to simultaneously participate with the instructor and classmates in content delivery, projects and group assignments. you will be using the Laulima learning platform on a regular basis.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the evolution of sustainable development in the hotel industry and trends in sustainable regulations.
  2. Explain the importance of the development of sustainable standards and certification (e.g. LEEDs Certification).
  3. Identify trends in guest expectations of hospitality organizations to develop and practice sustainable design and operations.
  4. Demonstrate how to implement Carbon Neutral Policies.
  5. Construct a Cost/Benefit Analysis of sustainable hospitality development from a return on investment (ROI) perspective.
  6. Conduct a sustainability/energy audit of a hospitality operation and apply the appropriate benchmarks for measuring sustainability.
  7. Synthesize the various concepts of the Triple Bottom Line by holistically examining the best practices of hospitality operations.


If you are a student with a documented disability please contact the Disability Support Services Office (DSSO) in ‘Ilima 107, ph.734-9552, or email kapdss@hawaii.edu for assistance. For students whose primary disability is Deaf or hard of hearing, contact the KCC Deaf Center at ph. 734-9210 (V), 447-1379 (videophone), or email kapdeaf1@hawaii.edu. Please note: you will need to contact Kapi’olani CC’s DSSO or Deaf Center to request accommodations in a KapCC course even if you’ve already registered or are receiving services at another UH campus’s disability support program.

Refund/Drop Policy:

100% refund: Notification to Non-Credit Registration made 10 business days or more prior to start of course.

50% refund: Notification to Non-Credit Registration made 5-9 business days prior to start of course.

0% refund: Notification to Non-Credit Registration made less than 5 business days prior to start of course.


Consent of Instructor.

This program includes live online sessions. We will use Zoom (online conferencing software) to hold discussions and practice hands-on skills. To attend the live online sessions in Zoom, the following equipment is recommended:

  • Access to more recent model desktop or laptop, either Windows or Mac or Android or Apple mobile device
  • Supported Operating Systems for desktop and laptop: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later, Windows 10 or Windows 8 or 8.1 OR Supported Operating Systems for mobile devices: iOS 7.0 or later, iPad OS 13 or later, Android 4.0x or later, Kindle Fire HD
  • Reliable high-speed (cable or DSL) internet connection
  • Internet browser such as Firefox, Chrome, Edge, or Safari
  • Recommended: webcam, headset with microphone, if your device does not already have a webcam and microphone


  • Knowledge of global geography, politics and economies.
  • Effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills with respect to similarities and differences within cultures and languages.
  • Knowledge and application of global business etiquette and protocol.
  • Awareness of social and business trends.
  • Awareness of current news and events that may impact global business and economies.
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