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Developed by in collaboration with UN Tourism, this course titled ‘Your journey to more sustainable energy management’ is part of a four-course series on discovering a more sustainable approach to hospitality. The objective of this course is for you to learn about and practice a holistic and more sustainable way of calculating and managing your water consumption.

This course consists of five modules that will guide you through concepts such as water stewardship, water footprint and water reusing, industry best practices such as rainwater harvesting and water-efficient technologies, and practical examples for accommodations around the world.
If you are interested in gaining fundamental knowledge on how to apply a more sustainable approach to your accommodation management, we invite you to take the other three courses in this series, which are also available on the Tourism Online Academy.

What will you learn in this program?.

This course provides an insight into the benefits and challenges that the tourism industry faces in regards to the sector’s social, economical and environmental impact. Specifically, you will learn from field experts and peers how to calculate your water footprint as well as the what, the why and the how behind managing water more sustainably – including the role of staff and guest engagement. Discover practical knowledge and cost-effective recommendations that can help you take the next step on your sustainability journey.


This program is suitable for accommodation providers (in particular supply managers, community managers, SMEs or short-term rental owners/managers), hospitality professionals and individuals seeking to learn introductory concepts and expand their practical knowledge on managing their water consumption more sustainably and measuring and tracking their water footprint.
Whether you are starting your journey towards building a more sustainable business or you have already started, this course is a source of practical insights and inspiration to support you on your path to building more sustainable relations and a more meaningful experience for your guests and staff.
This is achieved through a 100% online training course with short videos featuring professors, readings, quizzes and checklists in each module.


The course will follow the next structure:

Welcome to the course – Introduction

Module 1- The importance of water stewardship

Module 2 – How to calculate and track your water consumption

Module 3 – A guide to educating your staff and guests

Module 4 – A guide to water-efficient solutions

Module 5 – A guide to recycling and reusing water

Course summary and next steps


Professor of Professor of Sustainability Marketing at the University of Surrey

Xavier is a professor, researcher and consultant specializing in sustainable tourism production and consumption. With expert knowledge on everything from sustainable tourism certification to sustainability marketing and policies, his work has been widely published. He serves as an advisor in the Travalyst coalition, where he uses his research experience to inform efforts and help stakeholders align on sustainability frameworks for the supply chain of the tourism sector.


Senior consultant, ERM

Piet is an ERM Technical Director with 20 years of professional EHS consulting experience. Based in Antwerp (Belgium), he works for major industrial clients with focus on integrated water management and project finance. Piet has a strong background in auditing, transaction services, portfolio liability management and EEHS management systems. Being an AWS certified water expert, he helps industrial clients in managing their water risks and implementing water stewardship programs. He supports the industry implementing their sustainability objectives on water, from water strategy development over water risk assessments to the co-creation of context based targets in close collaboration with the wider stakeholders.

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If you would like to obtain a certificate of completion, please enroll in Get Certified: Your journey to more sustainable water management after finishing the MOOC.

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