David Cranage named Schreyer Distinguished Honors Faculty Member

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- David Cranage, associate professor in the School of Hospitality Management at Penn State, has been named a 2012-2014 Schreyer Distinguished Honors Faculty Member by the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. The Distinguished Honors Faculty Program brings together select faculty members and Schreyer student scholars in innovative, interactive programs that extend learning beyond classroom walls.

As a Distinguished Honors Faculty Member, Cranage plans to expose Schreyer student scholars to an enhanced learning experience in sustainability business practices and policies as part of a sustainability initiative he has been working on over the past two years. The goal of the initiative is to develop sustainability models for the hospitality industry to use in their policies and practices. Cranage and others involved with the initiative conduct research to examine sustainability in all aspects of the hospitality industry and examine ways to enhance student learning in sustainability issues and practices in the hospitality industry.

"To date, we have developed an initial financial model by identifying the factors contributing to the cost of recycling for hotels," said Cranage. "Additionally, we have conducted several research studies on sustainable practices in hotels and the effect of image, satisfaction and customer loyalty. As to our goal of enhancing student learning, we have started by incorporating subject matter pertaining to sustainability issues and practices into five existing courses. Additionally, we are in the process of developing a hospitality sustainability course."

Cranage is organizing several meetings throughout the fall 2012 semester in which Schreyer student scholars will discuss current issues with sustainability experts from the university, the community and the industry. Some of the meetings will involve tours of local businesses and university and community facilities. Cranage's first session will be close to home. He's invited Schreyer Scholars to join him for a lunch discussion on Sept. 28 with Erik Foley, the director of Penn State's Campus Sustainability Office, and Lydia Vandenbergh, program coordinator of Penn State Green Teams.

Culminating the learning experience will be a trip to the greater Washington, D.C. area to meet with corporate executives and to discuss the executives' philosophies on sustainability and how they operationalize it into daily practices.

To learn more about the Schreyer Distinguished Honors Faculty Program, go to: http://www.shc.psu.edu/faculty/dhf/.


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Last Updated January 10, 2014