Travel in Green StyleJune 20, 2012
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According to Travel Weekly, the newsletter of the travel industry, 154 million Americans will hit the skies, the roads and everything in between this summer. Business travel is at a five-year high, too, and expected to increase.
I’ve included some annotated links on the Resources page of GreenWorksGov for readers that provide information on planning green meetings and conferences, hotels with green ratings, and the like. They include:
EPA's pages are full of resources and info to green your meetings.
Green Meetings Industry Council green meetings guidelines linked to by EPA.
Visit the ENERGY STAR Buildings Registry to see which hotels near your destination have earned EPA's ENERGY STAR.
The “Green” Hotels Association® has been around since 1993. Members self-certify their eco-friendly features and services.
I have also discovered a few more resources that I’ll be adding to the list. Green Lodging News is a news source that is an interesting read for travelers. It has a resource page that includes websites of hotels that are certified for their sustainable facilities or committed to being environmentally friendly. Here’s a sampling:
Lists hotels across the US which must be certified by one of five independent organizations, e.g. LEED, Green Seal, Green Leaf.
List of certified hotels, mostly in Canada
Green Key hotels, mostly in Europe
Heading to London for the summer Olympics? Try “London”, the official tourism guide to the city which has listings of independently certified green lodging establishments.