While the Outer Banks is at the forefront of an explosive economy in terms of its potential, we must now reconcile that our community’s infrastructure is under enormous strain. If we want to continue welcoming vacationers to OBX and ensuring they return for years to come, then we must find sustainable solutions for managing the impacts of our growth.
A Need For Change
Observing this, Twiddy & Company approached the NC State College of Natural Resources to ask for help. Together, they launched the Lighthouse Fund for Sustainable Tourism. This summer, in an endeavor to examine the effects of tourism on the social, cultural, environmental, and economic well-being of communities, we had the opportunity to engage with Dr. Whitney Knollenberg, an assistant professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at NC State, who graciously conducted research and outreach activities here on the Outer Banks.