Designing Sustainable Hotels: Best Practices for LEED Certification

Alessandra Cappai

Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures

Alessandra Cappai is a Ph.D. in Urbanism from the School of Architecture of Barcelona, Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain, where she is also member of Institut Habitatge-Territori-Turisme. She completed her dissertation in 2014 titled “Dal neorealismo italiano al landscape planning americano: la fondazione del paesaggio turistico della Costa Smeralda”, after spending the conclusion of her doctoral studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design as visiting student. In 2014 she started her postdoctoral investigation career as visiting scholar at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and Institute for Healthy Futures. She is currently Professor of Tourism Geography and Tourism Mobility at CETT Campus de Turismo, Hoteleria y Gastronomia-Universitat de Barcelona.Her research topics are: hospitality architecture, sustainable tourism and tourism planning. She has been principal investigator and collaborated in several research projects in Spain and Italy, where she investigated about residential tourism in the Mediterranean area.Alessandra is author of several papers, among others “L’uso turistico del territorio: le seconde case”, in Sardegna, la nuova e l’antica felicità; “Identification and georeferencing of second homes: a planning support in the Sardinia coastal municipalities”, in Planning Support Tools: Policy Analysis, Implementation and evaluation, both published by Franco Angeli; “Planning for tourism in costa Smeralda”, in Proceedings of the 6th International Forum of Urbanism. She participated to international conferences and gave lectures in Italy, Spain and in the United States.


Sustainability procedures have become a priority for the hospitality industry, and the concept of sustainable design is strongly affecting the brands policies. Eco-efficient hotels respond, such as all high-performance... [ view full abstract ]


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