Sustainable practices in the bed and breakfast industry

Barriers and opportunities for success

  • Nichole Hugo Eastern Illinois University
  • Daniel Plunkett University of Wisconsin- La Crosse
Keywords: bed and breakfast, lodging, local food, environmental practices, sustainability


The trend of moving towards more environmentally friendly and community based operations, for reasons such as to showcase corporate social responsibility and for improved public image, has been found within hotel industry. However, research within the B &B industry on this subject is lacking, making it unclear if this sector of the lodging industry is aware of implementing such practices. This study utilized an online questionnaire to participants of a Midwest B&B conference in order to better understand what sustainable practices their establishments have implemented and the barriers that are keeping from implementing in the future.