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Learn about STEP
The Sustainable Tourism Education Program™ (STEP) is the world's first comprehensive, global Sustainable Tourism Education Program offered by a non-profit organization. It's designed to be user-friendly, educational in nature, practical as a measurement and management tool, and applicable to tourism businesses of all sizes, including newcomers to sustainability, those wanting to improve their existing approach, and businesses that have long-standing sustainability programs. For more information, please review the web pages detailed above. Or, download a STEP brochure or a copy of STEP Version 1.0, which details all of the criteria for each segment of the travel industry that is eligible for eco-certification.

Though STEP features regionally and internationally accepted criteria for sustainable tourism, the program and STI's related Guide to Sustainable Tourism were inspired, in part, by concepts from leading sustainable tourism certification programs as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations, including but not limited to the following:

Agenda 21 Principles for Sustainable Development
Costa Rica's Certification for Sustainable Tourism
The Eco Tourism Association of Australia's Nature and Ecotourism Accreditation Program
The European Voluntary Initiative for Sustainability in Tourism Initiative
Global Reporting Initiative - Tour Operator's Initiative Performance Indicators
Green Globe 21 Path to Sustainable Travel and Tourism
International Organization for Standardization ISO 9000 and ISO 14000
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
Mohonk Agreement Principles for the Certification of Sustainable and Eco-tourism
NSF International
Conservación y Desarrollo's SmartVoyager Program
The Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production
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