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Adapting the Energy-Camp Renewable Energy Program to the Conservation Authority Campground Context

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Title: Adapting the Energy-Camp Renewable Energy Program to the Conservation Authority Campground Context
Author: Golaszewski, Maciej
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Kelly, Sean
Abstract: ABSTRACT ADAPTING THE ENERGY-CAMP RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM TO THE CONSERVATION AUTHORITY CAMPGROUND CONTEXT Maciej Janusz Golaszewski Advisor: University of Guelph, 2014 Assistant Professor Sean Kelly The evolution of campground experiences associated with small-scale camping (tents), to those accommodating larger, fully equipped recreational vehicles, motor homes etc. is challenging the Conservation Ontario’s (CO) mandate and the Conservation Authorities (CA) camping industry. This research explores obstacles and opportunities to adopt available “green” techniques and programs into the CAs camping industry. Using the case study of the Energy-Camp model in Austria as a precedent, a semi-structured questionnaire was designed in order to collect data concerning Ontario's CAs camping trends, and its current status. It was determined that renewable energy programs such as those incorporated within the Energy-Camp support CO’s “Strategic Direction Report,” help sustain a character of a small-scale camping by “greening” their current offers and allow new learning opportunities, and opens the possibility for a new tourism group. Potentially useful new outdoor activities incorporating innovative approaches for environmental stewardship contribute to user experiences and reinforce CO’s mandates.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8182
Date: 2014-06


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