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Business Professor Robert Girling Publishes Book on Sustainable Tourism

Book cover for The Good CompanyBusiness professor Robert Girling is co-author of a new book, The Good Company: Sustainability in Hospitality, Tourism and Wine (Business Expert Press, $59.95), a collection of stories and case studies from companies hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, agritourism, wineries and more that built profitable businesses while simultaneously serving local communities and healing the planet. By considering economic, environmental and ecological impacts, as well as social and cultural impacts including fair wages, these companies base their business on the foundation of promoting social justice.

This textbook was developed by co-author Dr. Robert Girling of Sonoma State University as a learning tool for hospitality and environmental studies programs as well as professionals in the field. The authors address frequently asked questions of sustainable business innovators and entrepreneurs, and include the lessons these companies can teach to those who want to build businesses that address the world’s social and environmental problems. The book’s final chapter points to ways in which the hospitality industry can contribute to positive change with respect to social and environmental justice.

Dr. Robert Henriques Girling has been a Professor in the School of Business at Sonoma State University since 1976. He received his Ph.D. in international development education from Stanford University; M.A. in economics from the University of Essex in England and B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Co-author Pamela Lanier is the author of 120 books, most recently releasing Sustainable Tourism: A Small Business Handbook for Success in the summer of 2013. She is also a National Geographic Geo Ambassador and the founder of Friends of Sustainable Tourism International and Executive Director of

Co-author Heather Gordy is the founder of Healing Water Journeys, a tour company that focuses on exploring hot springs and healing waters in local communities around the globe. Learn more at