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Green Travel Resources


Carbon offset companies, ecotour operators, green hotels, hybrid rental car agencies … with so many eco-friendly resources on the Net, where’s a would-be green traveler to start? We’ve cut the confusion by gathering our favorite green travel resources in one convenient spot — so whether you’re interested in renting a hybrid car or offsetting the pollution from your last flight, you can find the info you need right here.

General Ecotourism Resources

Ethical Traveler
Green Lodging News
International Ecotourism Society
Nature Conservancy
Rainforest Alliance
Responsible Travel
Sustainable Travel International

Carbon Offset Companies

There are a number of companies and charitable organizations that will offset your carbon emissions, not only for flights but also for car travel and household energy use. The range of projects varies widely, so we’ve explained a little bit about each organization to help you decide which offsetter is right for you.

Atmosfair: German nonprofit organization that donates funds to alternative energy projects

Bonneville Environmental Foundation: American nonprofit organization that supports wind, solar and other renewable energy projects

Carbon Footprint: British company that retires carbon offsets, plants trees and supports international energy-saving projects American nonprofit organization that retires carbon offsets, plants trees, and supports renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects

The CarbonNeutral Company: British company that plants trees and supports clean energy technology programs

Climate Care: British company (owned by JPMorgan Chase & Co) that supports sustainable energy and energy efficiency projects

The Conservation Fund: American nonprofit organization that plants trees across the U.S.

GreenSeat: Dutch company that plants trees and supports renewable energy projects

TerraPass: American company that funds clean energy, biomass and industrial efficiency projects

Treeflights: British company that plants trees in Kenya and other places around the world

Eco-Friendly Lodging

Best Green Hotels: Hotels worldwide, rated for eco-friendliness Eco-friendly B&B’s
Couples Resorts: Green Globe-certified resorts in Jamaica
EcoBusinessLinks: Wide variety of eco-friendly lodging worldwide
ECOCLUB: Ecolodges across the world
Element Hotels: LEED-certified hotels in the U.S. and Canada
Green Getaways Australia: Eco-friendly lodging in Australia Green hotels in Greece
Green Hotels Association: Eco-friendly hotels in the U.S. and worldwide
Green Vacation Hub: Green hotels and vacation rentals around the world 10 favorite ecolodges and green hotels Green lodging worldwide

Eco-Friendly Tour Operators

Adventures Within Reach: Adventure travel around the world
AdventureSmith Explorations: Expedition cruises
Backroads: Biking, hiking and adventure trips around the world
Country Walkers: Walking tours around the world
Dragoman Overland: Overland tours
Earthwatch Institute: Research expeditions worldwide
Ecoteer Responsible Travel: Volunteer trips and adventure travel in Asia
Elevate Destinations: Travel combined with local philanthropy
Escape Adventures: Biking and multi-sport tours in the North American West
G Adventures: Small group adventure tours
Geckos Adventures: Affordable trips for travelers between 18 and 29
International Expeditions: Nature tours to South America, Africa and more
Intrepid Travel: Off-the-beaten-path tours emphasizing responsible travel
Natural Habitat Adventures: Wildlife- and nature-based trips around the world
O.A.R.S.: Outdoor adventure tours
Oz Bus: Flight-free travel from London to Sydney
Peregrine: Small-group trips around the world led by local guides
Rainforest Cruises: Cruises on the Amazon River in Peru, Brazil and Ecuador
REI Adventures: Carbon-neutral adventure tours Eco-friendly tours worldwide
Seacology: Volunteer trips to various conservation project sites
Sierra Club Outings: Outdoor adventure trips
Trusted Adventures: Worldwide adventure vacations
Undiscovered Country Tours: California bike tours
World Wildlife Fund: Adventure and eco-tours around the world

Rental Cars

Avis: Hybrid rentals at select locations
Car Rental Express: Hybrid car rentals in select locations around the world
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Hybrid and electric car rentals
Fox Rent A Car: Hybrid rental vehicles at select U.S. locations
Hertz: “Green Collection” of hybrid and fuel-efficient rental vehicles
VroomVroomVroom: Rental car booking site that offsets carbon emissions for all rentals

Air Travel

Seat Guru: Roundup of the most eco-friendly airlines and planes

Destination-Specific Resources

Beyond Touring: Belize tours
Blue Ventures: Marine conservation projects in Madagascar, Belize and Malaysia
Context: Small-group walking tours of European and U.S. cities
Ecotourism Australia: Information about ecotourism in Australia
Ecoventura: Carbon-neutral cruises to the Galapagos
Gamewatchers Safaris: Safaris in Kenya and other African countries
Green Hotels in the Green Mountain State: Green hotels in Vermont
Mosaic Adventure: Trekking expeditions in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India

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