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5 Travel Tips for the Eco-Conscious Traveler

Between take-offs/landings, renting cars and general transit the transportation industry produces as much as 30 percent of CO2 emissions. In order to reduce the nearly billion tons of carbon dioxide released every year by aviation alone we need to get smart about how we travel. Slight adjustments in the way you travel can significantly reduce […]

This Intelligent Trip-Planning App Helps You Travel Smarter

Efficient travel, whether it’s across the city or across the country, means getting to your destination using the least amount of money and time, and if you score things environmentally, then it also means contributing the least amount of emissions to our already overburdened atmosphere. There are a number of methods and apps for helping […]

October 10th

Flourishing Halal Tourism Sector Offers Business Opportunities

The global halal tourism industry, said to be worth $140 billion last year, is expected to grow to $192 billion over the next 6 years, and could offer some prime entrepreneurial opportunities for both existing businesses and startups. Halal tourism is the name for the industry that serves Muslim travelers in accordance with Islamic Shariʻah, […]

August 27th

Sustainable Tourism Criteria Developed for Destinations

Interest in sustainable tourism and travel is on the rise, and ecotourism and other related industries are poised for growth, but how does a traveler decide whether a destination is actually sustainable, and what standards are used to determine that? In order to develop a common language about sustainable tourism, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council […]

November 4th

Virtual Meetings the Green Alternative to Business Travel

For a lot of people, traveling can be fun. However, when you’re traveling for business (and you’re doing it a lot), it can actually start to become a bit of a burden. Plus, if you’re someone who tries to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, knowing that you are using fuel to drive or fly back and forth may not sit the best on your “green conscious”. Luckily, there is a remedy for that. More and more companies are using virtual meetings as the green alternative for business travel. Here are five reasons why:

November 6th

How to Both Save Energy and Sleep Easy

Evening Breeze sustainable bedIt’s summer in the Northern hemisphere, and for many, that means going on holiday to warm, tropical locales. And using air conditioning. Lots of it. In fact, in some tropical places, nearly 80% of energy use in a hotel room is for air conditioning. 1200 to 2000 watts on average.

Evening Breeze is an interesting solution: It’s a canopy bed that has adjustments for both temperature and humidity, and delivers it quietly, overhead, using only 400 watts. As it’s focused just on the place where coolness is desired, there’s no need to try and cool the whole room. Simple, brilliant. The resulting energy savings can mean 4MWh, $1000 and 2.5 tons of CO2 reduction annually.

June 25th

Traveling Down a Different Route: Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel

In our highly connected world, travel can happen from any number of means, catering to just about any human desire out there. So why should you bother with Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel? For many reasons, the top of which being that when you travel with them, $250 goes directly to organizations and communities where you visited. No opaque claims of a percentage of proceeds or other such vagueness. You get emailed a copy of the Wells Fargo bank transfer, showing exactly who it went to.

Not something your run of the mill backpacker “eco adventure” travel agency would do. But then, Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel’s main focus as a business is to raise funds for high impact non profits around the world, through the vehicle of memorable, powerful travel experiences, spending substantial time with local people in the regions you visit. Real, meaningful interactions, rather then pre packaged tourist shows. And at the same time you get a superbly accommodated trip.

March 19th

10 Green Ways To Cut Business Costs

Last week BusinessWeek published an article: 10 Ways To Cut Business Costs and I was pleased to see that four of the 10 were also green. It gave me the idea to write about green ways to cut costs in these difficult times. Starting with the four cited in BW, here are some ideas: Reduce […]

March 12th

When It Comes To Airlines The Greener, The Better

The term “sustainable” is rarely seen in the same sentence as “airplane.” Maybe because an airplane’s CO2 emissions, per passenger and per mile, are almost as environmentally inefficient as driving a car with one passenger.  So, what’s an ecopreneur to do when trying to be as green as possible, but not able forgo airplanes altogether? […]

November 24th

Are Sustainable Criteria Worth the Bother?

Last week marked the official launch of The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism Criteria (STC Partnership), a coalition of 27 organizations that has developed Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria. About a year ago, the group came together to form the criteria having reviewed more than 4,500 criteria from more than 60 existing certification and other voluntary […]

October 16th

Unconventional Advice for Emerging Ecopreneurs

A Tufts senior e-mailed me the other day, attaching her resume and asking for career advice. While that play of events seems typical, her ambitions probably didn’t fit the cookie-cutter mold of most of her class peers. She wanted to run her own eco-retreat center one day, felt passion for the green movement and embraced […]

February 21st

Ecotourism: The Business of Sustaining the Earth through Travel

After the mighty industrial military complex (the companies behind the missiles and the satellites to guide them), tourism is the world’s largest industry, according to the World Tourism Organization. While tourism is big business, much of the industry can be just as destructive as the other extractive industries (mining, lumber, agriculture), sometimes operating in the […]

February 2nd