Many of us today wonder how we can do our part to improve sustainability and support our environment. We tend to think first of our cars not only what we drive but how often we drive. However rarely do we consider the impact of our vacations that place us on board aircraft that play a large role in effecting our environment as a single cross country flight can release as much as 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per passenger.
While there is little we can do to avoid having to fly, Expedia has partnered with TerraPass to provide an inexpensive option to travellers who want to do their part to protect the environment and promote sustainability. It is essentially a donation to the company TerraPass who uses the money to offset the carbon footprint of the flights. Three options are available of $5.99, $16.99 and $29.99 that all come with a small gift. But the real gift is knowing that you are doing your part to protect the environment.
Many people wonder just where there money goes and here are some example provided by Expedia:
"Clean energy-TerraPass helps fund wind farms, which generate virtually carbon-free electricity, unlike conventional energy sources such as coal and natural gas.
Farm power-Help farmers capture methane, a powerful global warming gas. TerraPass supports anaerobic digesters which can destroy methane or use it to create clean energy.
Landfill gas capture-As trash buried in landfills decomposes, it releases methane into the atmosphere. Your money supports projects that capture that methane, destroying it or turning it into clean energy. "
Expedia also provides some tips that you can utilize on every vacation to help protect the environment:
1. Reduce excess baggage. Every pound counts.
2. Combine trips to save money and time.
3. Fly direct. Multi-leg trips pollute more.
4. Vacation near your home.
5. Stay at a hotel near the airport.
6. Take a shuttle, bus, or train to the airport.
7. Fly coach. You’ll save and it’s more efficient.
8. Rent a small or hybrid vehicle.