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6 Green Travel Tips From Sierra Club Outings and NativeEnergy

By NativeEnergy |

Vacations are a time to try new adventures. But travel can also leave a footprint on the environment.

This story is from our partner NativeEnergy and was originally published 6/4/2012.

Vacations are a time to try new adventures, hang out with loved ones, or even find a quiet place to relax. But travel can also leave a footprint on the environment.

For several years, Sierra Club Outings and NativeEnergy have teamed up to provide eco-conscious travel options. Sierra Club offers hundreds of conservation-based vacations, from service trips to international expeditions. With NativeEnergy, adventurers can calculate the carbon emissions from their travel and purchase carbon offsets that counteract them.

Every action helps. Whether you hit the beach or the International Date Line, follow these simple tips to green your travel:

1. Plan low-impact activities

Exploring and enjoying the planet without leaving a large carbon footprint is easy. Focus on activities such as hiking, kayaking, nature walks, swimming, or snowshoeing that get you moving outdoors.

2. Choose group transportation

If you’re driving, plan a carpool. Some national parks even offer shuttle or train access. When visiting an urban area, opt for public transportation. The Earth will thank you, and so will your wallet.

3. Pack it in, pack it out

Everything you bring into the outdoors should leave with you. Plan meals carefully and repackage ingredients into reusable containers to minimize garbage. If you see litter on the trail, pick it up!

4. Volunteer

Give back to the wild places you love on a service trip. You’ll work on a variety of rewarding tasks, like repairing trails and removing invasive plants, with plenty of time to relax.

5. Stay local

Many of the best trips are right in your backyard! Unsure where to start? Check your local Sierra Club Outings chapter for a list of awesome and mostly-free adventures near you.

6. Offset your emissions

Help finance the construction of wind, solar, and other carbon-reducing projects to offset your travel emissions with NativeEnergy. Calculate your travel footprint now.

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  • Barbara C. 2 years ago
    Better yet, don't go on vacation. You'll not only save the environment, but you'll save money, too!
  • Ruth C. 2 years ago
    If you think you can buy your way out of carbon foot prints I have some indulgences to sell you, how about a sin eater. Spend a little extra money on greener products, plant something in your yard, get a nice bike. Don't send money to a scam from a washed up politician.
  • A B. 2 years ago
    Work with your community create new activities for family, children & the elderly
  • mike m. 2 years ago
  • nicki h. 2 years ago
    Thank you
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