Friday, March 6, 2009

Ten Green Travel Tips

I'll be honest - I completely stole this off our intranet page - some great work by Rania Khalil from HOK Advance Strategies in Houston.

The greening of the travel industry-whether away for business or pleasure is now required. Here are some tips to help you choose where to spend your travel dollar and green-up your trip:

  • Greening your travel starts even before you leave home by unplugging unused appliances, turning down the thermostat of the hot water heater, adjusting your AC/heater thermostat and stopping your newspaper
  • Book flights electronically and book flights with airlines that recycle the waste created when serving food and beverages to passengers
  • Book your guestrooms and meeting rooms with hotels that are clearly interested in protecting our environment, and let management know that's why you chose their hotel
  • Participate in the hotel recycling programs by placing recyclables in appropriate bins
    When you leave your hotel room, turn off the AC/heat, lights, TV and radio and close the drapes
  • Eat at organic restaurants that serve healthy food
  • Try to incorporate “Car-Free” days into your trip. Use public transportation when available or when renting is needed
  • If renting a car is necessary, rent from places where hybrid and low-emission vehicles are available
  • Carry a water bottle and refill as needed and try to avoid carry-out
  • Buy local products; talk to local people, and enjoy your time

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ryan said...

This is a good list for traveling within the U.S, but I'd say that half of the tips are irrelevant for traveling in a developing country. For instance, traveling to Mexico I have never booked a room in advance, recycling barely exists, organic restaurants are always owned by expats instead of locals, etc... Traveling in Papua New Guinea. I stayed wherever I could and tried not to foist my values on the locals. Green travelling means imposing your values on the place you travel to, and that works better when your destination most closely resembles your own.

Anne said...

Good tips for traveling!
also, Some good meeting ideas for business travel meetings.

Erik said...

These are some great tips. I would also include things such as bringing your shampoo and soap with you, re-using hotel towels more than once, and packing as light as possible, especially when flying. Love the tip about picking a green hotel, because it can drastically reduce your carbon footprint by supporting their green amenities.

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