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Regenerative Hotel Management

Bachelor of Science

Next start date is January 15th. Applying is easy and free!

Grow the sustainable lodging industry

and implement regenerative initiatives.

More and more travelers are seeking sustainable travel options, contributing to a growing demand for eco-friendly hospitality management. Be part of the solution by embracing regenerative hotels, a pioneering approach that tackles climate change, circular product management, waste reduction, and promotes culturally enriching travel experiences.

Our Regenerative Hotel Management degree at Unity equips you with the expertise to foster a greener future in hotels, resorts, and B&Bs. Join us and make a positive impact on the environment while managing diverse hotel operations.

Program Overview

A hotel manager oversees the day-to-day activities of a lodging facility. The hotel manager supervises staff, communicates with visitors, plans activities, manages budgets and financial reports, collaborates with suppliers and local vendors, enforces health and safety standards and hotel policies, and can be involved in developing marketing strategies and supply chain management.

Learners in the Regenerative Hotel Management program will do all that and more by providing insight into sustainable hospitality, including the sustainable use of resources and contributions to destination vitality, all while ensuring a positive guest experience. By connecting the hospitality industry to sustainable development goals (e.g., sustainable cities, clean water and sanitation, responsible consumption and production), learners will understand the sustainability challenges and opportunities for the hospitality industry.

Learners will also develop essential skills related to communication, entrepreneurship, and the “service mindset.” They will understand the breadth of the tourism and hospitality sector, gain familiarity with sustainability challenges associated with hospitality, learn about the sustainable hospitality movement, and be able to make recommendations for regenerative decisions related to supply chains, visitor experiences, and hotel operations.

Program graduates will be prepared to apply their skills to lodging management positions, including working for global hotel chains, resorts, smaller lodging facilities (e.g., B&Bs), or as independent lodging owners.

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  • + One-on-one academic and professional advising as our world-class faculty and trained staff strive to make your professional and academic goals a reality.
  • + Unity Environmental University is an accredited institution by New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
  • + Experiential Online. Experiential programs are delivered 100% online with fieldwork designed with the working professional in mind.
  • + Study when and where you want and finish your degree while still working full-time.
  • + Make professional connections with leaders in your field.
  • + Get job placement assistance. Browse our online job board and use free tools through our career services.
  • + Multiple start dates. Begin your program on your time. Choose from five year-round start dates.
  • + Transfer friendly! We will accept up to 90 credits.

Experiential and Immersive Coursework

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Ecological, Sustainable, and Ethical Tourism

Ecological tourism is a growing arm of the industry that makes use of low-impact and sustainable approaches to create business opportunities and drive economic growth in natural areas. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of tourism and differences between mass tourism and alternative forms of tourism development, including eco-tourism, sustainable tourism, and ethical areas of tourism.


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Tourism as an Integrated System

Tourism and hospitality can enhance and detract from sustainability and development goals. In this course, students will be introduced to development-based tourism market segments (e.g., regenerative tourism, voluntourism, cultural tourism) and learn how tourism can be a tool for social, environmental, and economic sustainability.

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Environmental Marketing and Branding

As businesses become more aware of the need to be sustainable, being green will be the future, and professionals need to help companies with marketing sustainable business practices. Students will analyze marketing strategies, plans, and decisions, while exploring why environmental marketing is a key aspect in business today.

Experts in the Field

At Unity Environmental University, our faculty is composed of a wide range of environmental science experts who in addition to teaching, conduct their own research and various fieldwork.

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Dr. Lydia Horne

Subject Matter Expert

Originally from Maine, Lydia spent much of her childhood exploring the woods near her family home and hiking trails across the state. With this early exposure to the outdoors, she decided to major in conservation biology at St. Lawrence University.

After several seasons of fieldwork that involved gathering snowshoe hare pellets, observing wasp foraging behavior, getting stung by fire ants, and tromping through wetlands to collect insects, she returned to graduate school.

Lydia has her M.S. in forest resources and Ph.D. in ecology and environmental sciences from the University of Maine. Her primary research question asked how tourism is being impacted by climate change along the coast of Maine. She was a postdoctoral researcher in STEM education at the University of Northern Colorado where she studied how students learn complex content and skills (e.g., Food-Energy-Water Nexus, systems thinking) and helped develop a concept inventory to assess learning.

Lydia joins Unity with experience teaching courses on tourism and outdoor recreation, environmental studies, and human dimensions of climate change. She values an active, inclusive approach to teaching where learners of all identities can succeed. In her spare time, Lydia likes to read, go hiking, sew (poorly), travel, and hang out with her cat.

Small Class Sizes

At Unity Environmental University, we believe our students are not just a number. The value of small class size intimacy is just as important to us in our distance education program as it is in traditional classroom settings. We give the benefit of creating tight-knit communities where networking can flourish. By keeping our class sizes small, our faculty can dedicate their time to providing all one-on-one guidance when needed by a student.

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Degree Requirements and Courses

The Regenerative Hotel Management degree requires 120 credits. You may transfer up to 90 credits from outside institutions. For more details, browse our Regenerative Hotel Management degree checklist. View our full course catalog for a better look into your program, then apply online for free to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost?

    Your online education should be affordable and manageable. Our team of distance education concierges will work with you through the admissions process to help you plan and pay for your degree. Learn more about the costs here.

  • How fast can I finish?

    It depends on whether you have credits earned from other institutions, whether you plan on taking one or two classes per term, and if you take a term off. Our distance education concierges and academic advisors are here to help you plan and stick to your educational goals. Talk to us today!

  • What courses will I be taking?

    For course requirements, view our full course catalog or the Regenerative Hotel Management program flyer for a better look into your program. Then apply online for free to get started.

  • What is Regenerative Hotel Management?

    Regenerative Hotel Management is a special way of running hotels that helps the environment and local communities. It teaches students how to manage hotels in a sustainable and responsible manner. Unlike regular hotel management, this program focuses on making hotels eco-friendly, reducing waste, and benefiting the local area.

    Graduates from this program learn how to make hotels not just places to stay, but also positive forces for the environment and society. They are trained to make hotels greener, use resources wisely, and contribute positively to the places they are located in. It’s about making sure that hotels don’t harm the environment and actually help the communities around them.

Career Outlook

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Lodging Managers jobs in the U.S., 2022*


Lodging Manager pay, 2022


Estimated U.S. job growth for Lodging Managers through 2022. 

*Source: O*Net & U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Unity Environmental University cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience.

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Last Updated on December 1, 2023