- Understand the impacts of your travel choices. Airline travel carries a heavy carbon footprint, while rail and bus are significantly less. Think of the eco footprint of large hotel chains compared to that of a small B&B.
- For Vacation planning, cut your travel time and your carbon footprint. Replace several short trips, like short ski trips, with one longer trip. Less travel time means less expense, less carbon emission… and more time to enjoy!
- Go low-carbon while travelling. Try using public transportation while on vacation or business trips. It’s a great way to see how the local people live.
- Learn about local environmental challenges while travelling. Take a little time to find out about the environmental issues and local practices of your destination. This way, you become mindful of your impact on the local environment.
- When travelling, buy local. Support small, family run restaurants and “mom and pop” businesses and attractions, instead of national or international franchises. This helps the local economy and may make the trip more memorable.
- Use GOOS paper. Old documents, reports and junk mail that are printed on one side only is call GOOS paper (Good On One Side). Before recycling see how much GOOS paper you can reuse.
- Curb the electrical use in your office. Switch off or put copiers, printers and faxes on “sleep mode” when not in use. Buy energy-efficient machines. Unplug chargers when not in use. Maximize natural light and use “task” lighting.
- Improve indoor air quality. Buy energy-efficient HEPA air filters and open windows (if possible) to improve circulation. Buy non-toxic furniture to avoid off-gassing.