Laura Lesar, Ph.D.

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Laura Lesar, Ph.D. 2018-08-28T18:02:21+00:00
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Laura Lesar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Travel Industry Management
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
2560 Campus Road, George Hall 206
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-0485
Fax: (808) 956-5378
Email: llesar@hawaii.edu

Laura Lesar, Ph.D.

Laura Lesar holds a Ph.D. in sustainable tourism at Griffith University in Australia and specializes in the tools that translate sustainable tourism principles into practice. She has worked with sustainable tourism projects in academic and professional capacities in the Hawaiian Islands, South East Asia, South America, and Central America. Among the most notable sustainable tourism initiatives include Chile’s national ecotourism initiative, Sendero de Chile, where she was involved with the ecotourism project design, planning, and feasibility study. In the USA, Laura was the Co-Facilitator for Sustainability Workshops for Hawaiʻi’s Business Leaders sparked by the Hawaiʻi Department of Labor’s Green Jobs Initiative.

Laura is an accredited eco-certification auditor and sustainable tourism consultant. Since 2011, she has worked with Sustainable Travel International (STI), a globally recognized leader in sustainable tourism solutions. She has assisted STI with various projects including the edification of STEP Eco-certification guidance manuals and aligning their eco-certification program with globally recognized sustainable tourism standards.

Laura has a Master’s of Science in Travel Industry Management from the University of Hawaiʻi, and an Honors Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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