Canopy Tours Inc. Accepts 2016 Award at United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

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Bradd Morse, of Canopy Tours Inc., will be accepting a 2016 Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements award at the upcoming conference in Quito, Ecuador, October 17 - 20th, 2016.

Each year, the GFHS bestows the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Award to individuals, businesses, communities, or organizations “demonstrating leadership and accelerating the process of sustainable city and human settlements.”

Bradd Morse, the founder of Canopy Tours Inc., will be accepting a 2016 Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements award at the upcoming United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, October 17 - 20th, 2016.

This worldwide prize is awarded annually by the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS), with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The award specifically recognizes New York Zipline Adventures at Hunter Mountain for the “Scenic Spot with a Low Carbon Footprint” category. This award winning zipline destination was designed and constructed by Canopy Tours, Inc in 2010 as North America’s Longest, Highest and Fastest Zipline Canopy Tour and remains a top attraction in New York’s Catskill Mountain region.

Each year, the GFHS bestows the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Award to individuals, businesses, communities, or organizations “demonstrating leadership and accelerating the process of sustainable city and human settlements.”

This year’s award also touches upon one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined at last fall’s U.N. Sustainable Development Summit, specifically SDG 11: to “make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” The SDGs, which anchor the summit’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, are meant to direct actionable worldwide efforts to eliminate poverty and promote equality while also confronting climate change and other pressing environmental problems.

The Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Award 2016 finds a worthy recipient in Morse, who has been promoting environmentally and socially conscientious adventure tourism across the globe for three decades. Canopy Tours, Inc. helps install sustainable zipline courses and canopy walkways, and also provides consulting services for an even broader array of ecotourism ventures. Morse is committed to not only customizing such attractions for the specific needs of a company and its setting, but also accounting for the “hidden factors”: the impacts of the attraction on local ecological systems and communities.

Habitat III, which follows on the heels of Habitat I (1976) and Habitat II (1996), focuses on global sustainable urbanization. The conference—a collaborative effort of the GFHS, the UNEP, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the World Urban Campaign (WUC), and a number of governmental entities—will promote its “New Urban Agenda, a “people-oriented” urbanization approach summarized by “Better City, Better Life.”

Canopy Tours, Inc. has been building custom, sustainable tourism adventures throughout the world for the last thirty years and is recognized as a leader in the field. Each attraction is custom designed and based on the specific needs of the client, but also considers factors such as environmental and cultural impact as well as the long term sustainability of a project within the surrounding community.

For more information on Bradd Morse and Canopy Tours, Inc. visit: http://www.canopytourdesign.com

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