Sustainable development is “a model form of economic development …. [I]t is development of the physical community, the social environment, and the economy which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
You might also find “A Resource Guide for Sustainable Tourism in Down East Maine and Southwestern New Brunswick” informative.
Making Visitors Your Customers: A Guide to Washington County’s Tourism Market is also recommended if you own/operate a business in Downeast Maine.
“With respect for our abundant natural resources and rich cultural heritage, the communities of Hancock and Washington Counties seek appropriate, responsible and sustainable development of cultural and nature-based tourism opportunities for regional economic prosperity.” So begins the Down East Sustainable Tourism Initiative Year (DESTINY) 2010 plan, released by the Vacationland Resources Committee of the Downeast Resource Conservation and Development (DERC&D) Council.