12 October 2009

green 1 thing: getting around

Whatever your thoughts on Christopher Columbus, there's no arguing that tran-Atlantic travel has come a long way since the days of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. As so many of us begin planning our own travels for the upcoming holidays (already!), it is a good time to think about how we can lessen the impact of our own globe trotting.

By Plane: Popular travel sites Expedia and Travelocity both offer the option of purchasing carbon offsets while you book your tickets, making undoing the environmental damage of jetting as easy as the click of a button!

By Train: Rail transit has a lower environmental impact than flight or auto travel, making it a very efficient and green choice to begin with. Amtrak has sweetened the deal by partnering with Carbonfund and allowing you to purchase extremely cheap carbon offsets based on the distance of your trip.

By Automobile: After the wild success of the Cash-for-Clunkers program, many more Americans are cruising the roads in energy-efficient, green vehicles. (yay!) There are still a few steps you can take, however, to make your driving better for the earth, namely in the form of (you guessed it!) carbon offsets. Two of my favorite sites are TerraPass, which works directly with developers and farms to better the earth, and NativeEnergy, which helps to finance the construction of Native American, family farm, and community-based renewable energy projects.

Interested in seeing which option is the best for you? Compare multiple carbon offset providers at OffsetConsumer.org.

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