Green travel news

2014

San Francisco: ‘mega sustainable’ restaurant on the way. The Perennial restaurant, in San Francisco, promises to be mega-sustainable, with a “table-to-farm” philosophy that includes a “living pantry”…read more

Health-conscious travelers near half of U.S. market. As the wellness tourism sector grows to more than half of U.S. travelers by 2017, a new certifier of healthy travel destinations has been created…read more

United wins green award. The U.S. airline has captured the 2014 Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Award from the Global Business Travel Association Foundation for “outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to delivering industry-leading sustainability programs, products and services”…read more

TripAdvisor’s Jenny Rushmore: GreenLeaders to be worldwide. As the program expands into Canada and Europe, Rushmore promises more of the world will come under its umbrella in the future…read more

TripAdvisor’s 10 best green hotels in the U.S. TripAdvisor’s 10 best green hotels in the U.S., based on traveler ratings and highest rankings in the travel site’s GreenLeader program…read more

Econo Lodge makes it easy to be green. In another sign green travel has gone mainstream, budget-priced Econo Lodge hotels are celebrating the first anniversary of their Room to be Green program…read more

Los Cabos: Mexico’s 1st eco-friendly festival. The first-ever Los Cabos Greenfest in Mexico’s Baja seeks to raise awareness about saving the planet through music, fitness and wellness…read more 

Boeing likes ‘green diesel’ as sustainable jet fuel. Boeing thinks “green diesel” made from oils and fats can be a significant new source of sustainable aviation biofuel—and one that emits half the carbon dioxide of fossil fuel over its lifecycle…read more

Asia’s Shangri-La hotels cited as sustainability leaders. Hong Kong-based Shangri-La is the first Asia-Pacific hotel group to be named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index…read more

2013

World’s 10 best ethical destinations for 2014. Ethical Traveler’s annual review of the policies and practices of the world’s developing nations yields the ten doing the best job of preserving their environment, promoting human rights and creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry…read more

5 ways to tell if eco-attractions are greenwashing. The World Society for the Protection of Animals points a finger at the Cayman Turtle Farm in its tips to for spotting phony eco- claims…read more

Where to eat in Rome now: Michelin-starred organic dining. The venerable Il Convivio Troiani is the first Michelin-starred restaurant in Rome, Italy to be certified organic…read more

Hot reason to visit Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru: sustainability. The Cusco region—including Machu Picchu—joins the Chile’s Lake Llanquihue as the first South American destinations to get on the eco-friendly bandwagon of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council…read more

Lodging industry energy use down 5 percent from 2008 to 2012. A Big Data look at 2,200 U.S. lodging establishments also shows a decrease in total electric consumption in this sector of 6 percent decrease in peak demand…read more

Win the ‘ultimate’ Costa Rican dream green vacation. Enter online to win a week in Costa Rica at eco-luxe lodgings, with organic meals and travel on the world’s first certified carbon-neutral airline…read more

Cruise industry claims eco-progress. The cruise line industry is making significant investment to become more protective of the ocean environment…read more

No let up in green certification. So many huge wins for the environment in the lodging industry that we may look back on 2013 as the year interest in sustainability exploded…read more

U.S.’s biggest hotel solar system turning 5—in Death Valley. Wish a happy fifth birthday to the Big Solar of U.S. hotels, covering five acres and producing 10 million+ kW of electricity…read more

Pittsburgh wins ‘environmental hotel of the year.’ Fairmont Pittsburgh, that city’s only LEED Gold-certified hotel, is named by the Fairmont chain as worldwide winner of its top environmental award...read more

Canada adopts UK’s Green Tourism Programme. A highly successful, Scotland-based model for certifying sustainable tourism businesses is to be rolled out across Canada. GreenStep Solutions, based in Kelowna, British Columbia, is now the new face of Green Tourism Canada…read more

First economy hotel chain to go green. Econo Lodge hotels says it is the first national eco-friendly economy hotel chain. All Econo Lodge hotels in the U.S. will implement a program to “reduce environmental impact and waste, meet the changing expectations of today’s…read more

Starwood hotels launches new luxury eco-brand. Starwood is launching a new luxury “lifestyle eco-brand” called 1 Hotels & Residences, with three openings scheduled in the next 24 months. The new brand is conceived as the first ground-up, luxury eco-design…read more

Honoring the greenest EU music festivals. The Green Operations Award—the “Green Oscar” of European music festivals—now honors events with the best eco-innovations. The top honor went to Paris’ We Love Green Festival…read more

Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends for 2013. Healthier air travel and hotels lead the year’s travel trends spotted by Wellness Tourism Worldwise, an international organization focused on well-being and travel. The forecast is based on an analysis of…read more

Chicago claims world’s greenest restaurant. Uncommon Ground, a casual neighborhood hangout with locations in Chicago’s Wrigleyville and historic Edgewater neighborhoods, has won the title of world’s greenest restaurant—again…read more

Element Hotels now powered by 100% renewable energy. True to its “green from the ground up” branding, Element Hotels’ entire portfolio now meets its commitment to using only renewable energy…read more

2012

New Year’s resolutions for green travelers. ’Tis the season for looking ahead to 2013. Here are eight New Year’s resolutions to enrich and broaden the horizons of any green traveler…read more

Starhotels E.c.ho Milano wins ‘Sustainable Design’ award. At the only international hotel event to focus entirely on hotel design, development and architectural excellence, a family-owned eco-hotel in central Milan took this year’s “Sustainable Design” award…read more

Hotels ‘green up’ for business guests. A hotel stay might have once been thought of as an opportunity to overindulge on rich buffet food, multiple luxuriant baths and mini-bar nightcaps, but is the modern business traveler more likely to demand gluten-free breakfasts, in-room yoga mats and a green-energy policy?…read more

Finch Bay named South America’s leading green hotel. World Travel Awards winners for 2012 include Finch Bay Eco Hotel in the Galapagos Islands as “South America’s leading green hotel.” The hotel’s commitment to the environment won out over nine other…read more

4 Asian resorts win green honors. Winners of the HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards for 2012 are resorts in Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Cambodia. Every year since 2007 the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific, or HICAP, has honored hotel operators and developers in…read more

Hilton ‘LightStay’: on track to cut energy, CO2, water, waste. The hospitality giant says the 2011 results of LightStay, the company’s proprietary sustainability measurement system, include achieving its five-year goal to reduce total waste output by 20 percent a full two years ahead of schedule…read more

United Airlines accelerates aviation biofuels. United Airlines’ commitment to the friendly skies is soaring to new heights. The air carrier has joined the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) to speed the development and commercialization of aviation biofuels…read more

Survey: U.S. hotels still growing greener. Greening of the U.S. lodging industry is still going strong, concludes the 2012 Lodging Survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA).  More than 50 thousand U.S. hotel properties were polled…read more

Marriott sustainability report: youth job training, eco measures. Marriott International’s second Sustainability Report details investments of US$2.5 million in its environmental portfolio over the past three years, plus significant contributions to disadvantaged youth…read more

U.S. hotels rank 7th in being green, survey says. Hoteliers around the globe were asked if they have eco-friendly practices in place, and 81 percent of U.S. hotel respondents said they do—scoring only seventh in the world…read more

Copenhagen wins ‘European Green Capital.The Danish city of Copenhagen has won the European Green Capital Award for 2014. Copenhagen was chosen for its achievements in “eco-innovation and sustainable mobility,” for being a role model…read more

Marriott partners for new eco hotels. Marriott and a U.S. government agency are partnering to develop environmentally sustainable hotels in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean…read more

Best Western hotels ‘eco-zap’ viruses and bacteria. Best Western International has rolled out a new cleaning program that equips its housekeepers with ultra violet (UV) sterilization wands and UV inspection lights. Housekeepers use the wands to sterilize “high touch” points…read more

Manhattan’s biggest hotel gets even greener. A new living green roof and a super-energy-efficient heat and power system are the latest eco-upgrades at Hilton New York, the city’s largest hotel...read more

Chicago’s Ivy Hotel: chic green luxury, and now open. Barely more then a block from Michigan Avenue in  Chicago’s artsy Near North neighborhood, the Ivy Hotel was once an office building. Now it’s the city’s newest boutique hotel, and eco-chic tooread more

Sandals Resorts: first to score double EarthCheck platinum. EarthCheck, the global eco-certifier, has awarded two Sandals all-inclusive luxury resorts in Jamaica its highest eco-certification…read more

Hotels charge you (for free). Curious about electric cars? On your next vacation, give one a test drive—and instead of paying high gas prices, charge up for free…read more

TripAdvisor survey: travelers going greener. Green travel is gaining momentum with TripAdvisor members. More than 70 percent said they plan to make more eco-friendly choices over the next 12 months…read more

5-star Indian hotel group adds “allergy friendly” rooms. ITC, the Indian luxury group that calls itself the greenest hotel chain on earth, is adding specially cleaned and filtered rooms to its sustainability portfolio…read more

D.C.-area hotel wins LEED Gold. Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The property, which opened in March 2011, is managed by Marriottread more

Green sky genius: tray table cover from recycled plastic. Disgusted by dirty, germy airplanes? Now there’s a personal space you can be sure is clean with an antimicrobial tray table cover made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The environmentally friendly cover slips over and is fastened to…read more

Canadian business travelers going more green. Canadians who say green initiatives at hotels are important to them are on the rise, says the 2012 Canadian Travel Intentions Survey. Forty-two percent of business travelers surveyed indicate that…read more

Playa del Carmen, Mexico: world’s 1st hotel microturbine. The world’s first hotel use of an eco-efficient microturbine will reduce the Royal Playa del Carmen’s energy consumption by more than 48%, and also eliminates the necessity for emergency generators…read more

Green bliss: Bali Spirit Festival. The Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Bali is considered one of the world’s top yoga, dance and live music experiences. Another is its growing eco-commitment…read more

U.S. chef survey: ‘local & sustainable’ hottest in 2012. Hottest trends for restaurants this year? Go local and sustainable, say America’s chefs. A National Restaurant Association poll finds locally sourced meat, seafood and produce top menu preferences…read more

Aruba: greenest resorts in the Caribbean? Adding to more than two dozen environmental awards and certifications, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts on Aruba have been named the top sustainable travel and tourism business in the Caribbean by Green Globe…read more

‘Eco-wise’ Element comes to Miami. Stay green and be cool in Miami at the brand-new Element Miami International Airport. This is the 10th Element in the U.S. to be built green from the ground up as part of  Starwood Hotels & Resorts hip “eco-wise” brand…read more

Portland, Oregon: most bike friendly in the U.S. Who’s the most bicycle-friendly for visitors of them all? In the U.S., head for the Pacific Northwest’s Portland…read more

San Francisco: sailing to the most sustainable America’s Cup ever. With more than 5 million visitors from around the world expected in San Francisco for the drama of the America’s Cup 2013, both the city and organizers of the sailing world’s most prestigious event are promising it will be the greenest…read more

Survey says: going green sells hotel rooms. A new study of U.S. consumers shows they applaud the greening of the hotel industry, yet need to understand better the tangible benefits for their travel lives…read more

U.K.’s most sustainable restaurants honored. Ode, a small, family-run restaurant in the picturesque coastal village of Shaldon in Devon, is the most sustainable in the U.K. So says the kingdom’s Sustainable Restaurant Association…read more

No more shark fin at Hong Kong resort chain. Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ new sustainable seafood policy bans shark fin from the menu in all its restaurants and banquets. The Hong Kong-based hotelier also pledged to stop serving endangered bluefin tuna and Chilean sea bass…read more

Cruise ships: the good, the bad, the Concordia. The human tragedy of the Concordia shipwreck is now largely known, but a possible marine tragedy is yet to unfold. Only time will tell whether one of the worst cruise liner accidents in Italian history will also…read more

Top 10 ethical destinations in the developing world. Every year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of the world’s developing nations, then selects the ten that are doing the best job of preserving their environment, promoting human rights and creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry… read more

2011

Europe’s greener skies. Starting January 1, a new law will charge a greenhouse gas emissions tax on all air travel to and from European Union airports. The plan, which was passed by the European parliament two years ago, was recently given the green light…read more

iPhone app for Netherlands green travel. Let your iPhone be your guide to traveling green in Holland. A new iPhone app rates 4,200 sustainable tourism choices in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and 16 other cities…read more

Galapagos cruise earns double green certification. Ecoventura, a family-owned company of eco-friendly expedition vessels in the Galapagos, has earned Rainforest Alliance verification in recognition of its commitment to conserving the environmentread more

Green hotel in Cancun? No problema! ‘Tis the season to hit the beach, where the sun is warm and the drinks are cold. Cancun, Mexico, is such a place, and now at last you can stay green…read more

Website for certified green tourism in Latin America, Caribbean. To help travelers cut through confusing “green” claims, the Rainforest Alliance has launched an online database of sustainable tourism businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean...read more

Macao: world’s biggest casino to be certified green. The Venetian Macao is the largest single hotel building in Asia, sixth-largest building in the world and largest casino in the world. Now it’s becoming EarthCheck certified to reduce its environmental footprint…read more

Green Destination Orlando launches. With more than 50 million visitors each year, Orlando is one of the world’s most popular vacation and business travel destinations. Green Destination Orlando wants to make Orlando the “leading green destination in the world” by creatingread more

Alaska Air to fly 75 commercial flights on fry oil. A new era in American aviation begins this week, as Alaska Airlines flies the first of 75 commercial passenger flights in the United States powered by biofuel. These flights signal that sustainable biofuels canread more

Maldives: SLOWLIFE sustainable tourism. Hollywood A-listers, top business CEOs, a head of state and senior environmental campaigners came together in the Maldives last week to share ideas on how to make tourism a benefit rather than a threat…read more

Boulder, Colo.: this green hotel & spa wastes not. St Julien Hotel & Spa, in downtown Boulder, Colorado, says it has reached 70 percent of its goal of becoming a “zero waste property.” In other words, less than a third of…read more

Fiji resort named ‘Australasia’s leading green hotel.’ World Travel Awards has picked Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort as most eco-friendly in Australasia for 2011. In the selection process, 213,000 travel professionals vote…read more

4 airlines named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Delta, Air France-KLM, All Nippon and Qantas are recognized as “Sustainability Leaders”…read more

Calif.’s Coachella Valley: 1st Green Seal resort. Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., becomes the only Green Seal-certified hotel in the popular desert destination…read more

1st sustainable seafood restaurant on SF’s Fisherman’s Wharf. One of America’s most-visited seaside tourist attractions finally boasts a sustainable seafood restaurant…read more

Conde Nast Traveler’s 2011 ‘World Savers.’ Conde Nast Traveler honors Lufthansa, Six Senses resorts, Accor hotels, tour operator Abercrombie & Kent and others for leadership in…read more

Happy 40th, Chez Panisse! This week is the 40th anniversary of Alice Waters‘ Chez Panisse, the iconic Berkeley, Calif. temple of green cuisine. A host of celebratory and educational events will…read more

Canary Islands green vacation homes ‘need’ tourists. If you stay at this village of unique eco-homes, you’ll be helping to determine which green design works best…read more

World’s greenest luxury hotels. All ITC luxury hotels in India have been awarded LEED Platinum certification. Does this make it the greenest luxury hotel chain in the world?…read more

What turns guests on about a green hotel? The single most important eco-friendly thing guests want from a hotel is a green certification. So says a new study of…read more

Finnair to make longest commercial biofuel flight. A regularly scheduled flight between Amsterdam and Helsinki next week will be fueled by recycled vegetable oil…read more

Historic Portland hotel earns Green Seal Silver. The Heathman, a luxury Portland hotel dating to 1927, has received one of the highest environmental honors…read more

Southwest Airlines celebrates with 40 green projects. The airline marks its 40th anniversary by sending  student conservationists to help cities across the U.S….read more

3 U.S. hotels win as green ‘earthkeepers.’ Hotels in Washington, D.C., Stone Mountain and San Francisco get top honors from the American Hotel & Lodging Association…read more

First transatlantic biofuel flight is powered by camelina. Using Lindbergh’s historic route, the aircraft flew on a “dedicated energy crop” that does not compete in the food chain…read more

NYC hotel is first to partner with a farm. Harvesting crops in Manhattan is tough. So Element New York Times Square West is having a Vermont farm deliver…read more

New Jersey gets its first LEED-certified hotel. Element Ewing Hopewell, a new eco-chic boutique hotel, has earned the coveted certification from the U.S. Green Building Council…read more

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. restaurants do recycling. A new survey shows that 60% of consumers prefer restaurants that recycle, and more than half will pay more…read more

Colorado’s biggest hotel gets 4 Green Key rating. Sheraton Denver Downtown has won a 4 Green Key Rating through the Green Key Eco-Rating program, recognizing the hotel for…read more

Syracuse hotel is 3rd in U.S. to seek LEED Platinum. America’s newest environmentally sustainable lodging is a 58-room boutique hotel originally built in 1921…read more

Rainforest Alliance salutes Mexico’s Mayakoba. This luxury Riviera Maya resort development is cited for its sustainable tourism…read more

Mövenpicks in Jordan get Green Globe certified. Five upscale Mövenpick hotels and resorts are the first in the kingdom to be declared eco-friendly by Green Globe…read more

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will Clean the World. The hospitality giant is recycling guest room soaps  to stop the spread of preventable diseases around the world…read more

Céline Cousteau partners with Contiki Holidays. The granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau will help educate staff and travelers of the Toronto-based youth travel company about environmental…read more

San Francisco’s new ‘sustainable’ air terminal. T2, home base for Virgin America, aims to become the first LEED Gold-certified terminal in the country and offers Slow Food…read more

Here’s to Earth Day: 9 eco-friendly Caribbean resorts. To celebrate Earth Day (April 22), travel site cheapcaribbean.com has compiled a list of its eco-friendly luxury resorts … read more

Aviation fuel from nonedible plant soars. Several airlines have successfully tested biofuel made from the little known, non-edible plant Jatropha, which grows on land otherwise unusable for farming…read more

Sensual green in the Maldives. Six Senses Laamu, the only resort on the virtually uncharted Laamu Atoll deep in the Indian Ocean, is open for business. True to its philosophy of environmental protection…read more

Pan Pacific Seattle: model of CSR. Molly Phillips, manager of corporate social responsiblity (CSR) for the 160-room luxury property, has established a program called PanEarth…read more

Four hoteliers are world’s most ethical. The Ethisphere Institute lists three U.S.-based hoteliers and one Belgian company on its annual World’s Most Ethical Companies. Kimpton Hotels, Marriott International…read more

Honolulu’s Halekulani intros ‘GMO-free cuisine.’ The iconic property on Honolulu‘s Waikiki beach, is the first U.S. luxury hotel offering “GMO-free cuisine”…read more

Eurail: best sustainable travel. For the second year running, the group that manages and markets the Eurail Pass has been named the year’s best Sustainable Travel Provider…read more

Marriott: “green” is a competitive advantage. In the dog-eat-dog world of major hotel chains, genuine commitment to environmental sustainability is a win-win…read more

Trip Advisor: green travel really taking off. Trip Advisor says eco-friendliness will be important for travelers and the U.S. hospitality industry alike in 2011. In the travel website’s annual survey of …read more

Marriott leads global hotel chains in sustainability. Climate Counts’ latest ranking of major hotel companies once again puts Marriott well ahead of Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood, Wyndham and Carlson in 22 areas, including…read more

The future of travel: green value. The number of baby boomers, Gen-Xers and millennials seeking authentic green experiences in their search for deeper meaning in their vacations continues to grow…read more

Green hotel in Greece? No problem. Just launched: a website devoted to green hotels and green travel in Greece, said to be the first network of its kind in that country. It ranks lodgings…read more

2010

Let your iPhone be your tour guide: GPS-guided walking tours. An iPhone travel app that turns your phone into a private walking tour guide using GPS…read more

Six Senses Eco Symposium nets green gains. Highlights of the just-concluded summit was a commitment by British Airways to only use fish from sustainable sources in its in-flight meals and…read more

Is Marriott the least greenhouse gassy of them all? In its first-ever Sustainability Report, hotel giant Marriott says in the past 2 years alone its greenhouse emissions and energy use have each fallen by…read more

Sweden’s Treehotel adds 2 more eco-suites. One of the world’s most unique eco lodgings, in a forest in Swedish Lapland, now offers a total of 6 amazing, upmarket tree houses…read more

Eco-friendly Taj Hotels reflag. Taj Hotels has rebranded 16 of its hotels to its new upper-upscale Vivanta by Taj. The brand will grow organically to more than 30 hotels in India with…read more

Fighting poverty and disease, a bar of hotel soap at a time. A Dallas-based nonprofit called Soap Hope wants to use hotel soap to improve local communities…read more

San Francisco’s “green aquarium” boosts shark research. The Aquarium of the Bay, a certified green business, now has a massive Sevengill Shark swimming in…read more

Sustainable TV? Look for a new global focus on the Discovery Travel Network series that highlights green. EarthCheck, a leader in eco travel and tourism certification and management, is teaming with…read more

Pittsburgh’s newest luxury hotel LEED Gold certified. Fairmont Pittsburgh has scored a double first: first hotel in that city and first in the entire Fairmont collection of hotels to get…read more

Going green in Malta with new Crystal cruise. This fall, the luxury cruise line offers passengers the chance to plant trees in the island’s only national park, donate food at a local charity and learn eco-conscious…read more

Being green is not just for eco-lodges anymore. Travelocity will add hundreds of luxury Hilton properties to its green hotel directory. All have been validated by…read more

Gulf oil disaster spills over to tourism on clean beaches. Though there seems to be progress in stopping the leak in the Gulf, misperceptions about oil on beaches may take far longer…read on

Vancouver to be N. America’s greenest destination? This Canadian Pacific city wants to be the greenest city in the world. It’s already well on its way to being North America’s greenest destination. Vancouver already requires…read more

World Responsible Tourism Day 2010. Wednesday, November 10th is an international day of action to help protect the world environment…read more

Green hospitality going mainstream. Latest to jump on the Big Green Wave: Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International and National Geographic Traveler have created…read more

Marriott breaks new ground with green hotel prototype. It’s part of Marriott’s plan to have 300 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) hotels by 2015…read more

‘Greener Skies’ flight lowers emissions by 35%. Alaska Airlines tested new technology that allows more direct, continuous approaches while landing…read more

Shanghai landmark hotel goes green. China’s most iconic hotel is reopening … and going green. Shanghai’s Peace Hotel, now a Fairmont, first opened in 1929read more

Marriott offers voluntourism in New Orleans. The fury of Katrina is 5 years past, but neighborhoods of New Orleans still need all the help they can get. Marriott has a way for visitors to lend a handread more

Beijing hotel freshens the air. Can a single Beijing hotel make the city’s air cleaner? Maybe not, but at least the guests of…read more

Napa’s Bardessono 3rd in world to go LEED Platinum. Greenest hotel in America? This luxury hotel in California’s Napa Valley has received the highest possible level…read more

Airbus unveils green plane of the future. Air passengers are getting a glimpse into the future of green flight. More than a flight of pure fantasyread more

New award for innovation in sustainable travel. The International Ecotourism Society, celebrating its 20th year, has launched this new award to honor…read more

Travelocity finds green hotels rate higher. Its customers are giving better rankings to the travel booking giant’s eco-friendly offerings…read more

Green travel advice from U.K.-based Holiday Extras. Online articles range from the greenest time of day to fly to the hottest eco-tourism destinations…read more

&Beyond launches carbon-research project. Eco-friendly safari company’s 5-year research into the spekboom  “super plant” with enormous carbon-storing capabilities…read more

Most CO2-efficient flight from L.A. to N.Y.? Plus many more shocking stats on world carbon emissionsread more

China goes Green Globe. China’s largest hotel trade association signs on with a leading green hotel certifier…read more

Air Canada enhances its carbon offset options. The leading Canadian airline is partnering with not-for-profit Zerofootprintread more

Is Virgin America the most eco-friendly airline? Yes by far, says Smarter Travel, when it comes to U.S. carriers…read more

Wyndham partners with Plastic Free Ocean and paddleboarder Tom Jones. To raise awareness of marine pollution, extreme athlete Tom Jones is currently on a quest to standup paddleboard from Key West to New York City in 90 days…read more

United Nations backs global partnership for sustainable tourism. It’s a global initiative to make tourism worldwide environmentally, socially and economically sustainable…read more

Green product keeps hotel bed bugs at bay. They’re baaaaaack! Even high-end hotels see new infestations of these tiny, biting critters, but here’s how to fight back…read more

New iPhone App for green travelers. Whether it’s your next trip overseas or just a ride downtown, here’s a hip and simple way to make informed green travel choices…read more

Visit America’s Least Wasteful Cities. Find out how the city you’re planning to visit ranks, and why…read more

Greening in Hawaii. Great green travel tips for the Aloha State from the former travel editor of the San Francisco Chronicleread more

LEED Silver certification for the W San Francisco. Hotel history is made by this 1st LEED certification of an existing building belonging to a major hotel brand…read more

Green Travel Hub donates 100% on Earth Day. On April 22, all revenue from travel bookings go to a Florida foodbank…read more

Treehugger’s Best of Green: Travel and Nature. Applauding exciting new ways the scientific and travel communities are exploring sustainability and all our natural world has to offer…read more

Marriott protects the Amazon. Tauck Romano Innovative Philanthropy (TRIP) has joined Marriott International’s ongoing effort to leverage sustainable tourism, conservation and training in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest…read more

Hey, green taxi! Nearly 6 out of every 10 taxicabs in San Francisco are now hybrids or run on natural gas. The city passed a law 2 years ago that gave taxi companies 4 years to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from 1990 levels…read more

Take your eco laptop. On your next travels, go with the most eco-friendly laptop yet…read more

We’re honored. GTG gets recognized by Travel Blog Sites and TravelPodread more

Carlson Commits to EarthCheck Program in Asia Pacific. Carlson Hotels, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, and EC3 Global, a certifier of sustainable travel and tourism operators, announced a partnership through which Carlson Hotels will establish EarthCheck Program certification for the majority of Carlson hotels in Asia Pacific this year…read more

Google maps for pedaling there. Google has added 12 thousand+ miles of trails and other biking directions to its maps, covering over 150 U.S. cities. And more are being added. Green attractions, too…read more

Fairmont goes dark. On March 27, all 60 of Fairmont’s landmark hotels and resorts around the world will participate in the global message to raise energy conservation and climate change awareness by turning off their lights for 1 hour…read more

GAP Adventures DIY contest. Sustainable tour company invites you to create your dream itinerary, then go on it, plus other prizes. Contest winner to be determined by online polling and travel expert judges… read more

Go green by country. Who’s the greenest of them all? The 2010 Environmental Performance Index ranks 163 nations… read more

Choose the greener cruise. Cruises are more popular than ever, but these floating hotels can be giant health- and eco-hazards. Friends of the Earth grades the greenest ships and gives a “B” to the best… read more

Green travelers say “do better”. While green travel has become the fastest growing niche in travel, travelers still believe the industry “needs work” before a true leader in sustainability can emerge… read more

Going green pays. Hotels that become Green Globe certified see their revenues spike upward… read more

Singapore Airlines launches green flight. A host of  efficiency-enhancing practices to reduce emissions and save fuel are being implemented on this scheduled passenger flight from Los Angeles to Singapore via Tokyo read more

Car sharing: it’s speeding uphill. Membership is way up in North America and growing fast in Europe, too. It’s a greener travel option that takes cars off the road and reduces overall emissions… read more

2009

Luxury hotels in Asia wanna be green. In China and India, upscale lodgings are pursuing green international standards or the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification… read more

Breakthough in hydrogen-fueled air flight. Boeing has successully tested the world’s 1st manned aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel cells… watch the video