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| Sustainability on the Strip | If you have an appetite for eco-sumptuous dining on the Las Vegas Strip, the odds of discovering such soulful cuisine amid the gargantuan-but-questionably-sourced, all-you-can-eat buffets are about as good as winning at the slots … and I should know, having learned that lesson the hard way! Fortunately, though, it is possible […]

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| ‘The Cool Place’ | Just a five minute walk from Waikiki beach, tucked in between high-rise hotels, fancy restaurants and the haute couture shopping district, lies a true Hawaiian oasis—Aqua Bamboo. As you enter this boutique, award-winning green “condotel” (meaning each unit is privately owned), you leave behind the chaos and enter a peaceful sanctuary […]

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| Green Travel News | Starting today, Virgin Hotels is shuttling its guests around Chicago in a top-of-the-line, red Tesla Model S, the premium electric vehicle that is also the quickest-accelerating four-door vehicle— 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds—ever built. Doug Carrillo, Virgin Hotels vice president of sales & marketing, said, “Tesla is the hottest electric car on the road […]

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| Can Excessiveness and Eco-efficiency Coexist? | Las Vegas Strip—love or hate it, few question its supremacy as America’s Babylon, the pinnacle of excess, debauchery and vice. Yet in a counter-intuitive twist, it also boasts something good for all of us—one of the world’s greenest building complexes, the triumvirate of the Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Expo, […]

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| A New Eco-Hotel in a Revitalized Arts District | I grew up an hour south of Santa Barbara, and have lived there twice over the last two decades. At risk of dating myself, during that stretch of time I’ve witnessed a staggering amount of change and development on this self-proclaimed “American Riviera.” Both good and bad. While […]

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| Green Travel News | Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, which opened a year ago in December 2013, has achieved LEED certification as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The upscale, urban timeshare resort hotel earned the internationally recognized certification for implementing environmentally friendly construction practices and building systems. “Hokulani Waikiki […]

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| Eco-Active In The Vines | Now that the harvest rush is winding down, it’s the perfect season for green wine lovers to savor the good weather and fall vineyard landscapes with a hike or bike ride in California wine country. Capped off with, of course, some wine tasting. All of California’s dozens of wine regions offer hiking and biking opportunities, […]

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| The Hangover-Free Zone | “Tequila? There’s an actual place called that?” Si, claro. Yes, there really is. It’s in the Mexican state of Jalisco, some 40 miles northwest of Guadalajara. The colonial town of Tequila (founded by Franciscan monks in 1530) and, surrounding it, the sprawling fields of red volcanic soil planted in row after row […]

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| Green Travel News | The Perennial, a new “mega-sustainable ” San Francisco restaurant opening early next year, will feature an aquaponic greenhouse … in which kitchen waste will be fed to fish … whose waste will fertilize a “living pantry” … where microgreens and vegetables are harvested to order. In the words of Eater San Francisco, The […]

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| The Beauty Amid Us | It has oft been observed that we ignore or overlook the beauty in our own backyards. As a California native who has lately been spending much of my time overseas, I jumped at the offer to explore America’s crown jewels: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. It turned out to […]

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