“The earth belongs to anyone who stops for a moment, gazes and goes on his way.” ~ Colette (1873-1954), French novelist
To me, every day is Earth Day, which is why it’s important for people to know that helping conserve, preserve and care for Mother Nature serves everyone’s best interests too. So how does this relate to travel exactly?
Well, as we continue to travel to places near and far, we realize it’s a small world after all and how everything and everybody is interconnected. That’s why it’s important for us to be aware of our impact and try to make changes in how as well as where we travel. How would you want visitors to treat your home?
Hmm, I’d like to think of myself as somewhat well traveled, and I promise that New York has something green for everyone, no matter where they come from. Home to accessible natural treasures like the Empire State Building, the Catskills, Adirondack Park, and Niagara Falls, here are some available resources and guides on traveling with green style – nothing that a keyword search for “New York State” and “green” can’t handle!
Green Destinations throughout New York State:
- ILOVENY’s Green Heart NY program lists the Top Ten green destinations and now has a section for Green Kids!
- Find a park, historic site, nature center, golf course or campground and plan your next fun adventure on the New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation website.
- Greenopia also has directories for all things green in Albany, Newburgh, Niagara Falls, and New York City.
- NY-tagged posts by Simple Green Choices
- EscapeMaker.com’s Guide to Green Travel and Eco-Friendly Getaways, which includes green packages with their flagship green destination – Saratoga Springs, NY! They also have a downloadable Green Tourism Webinar andGreen Travel Tips
- NYS Local Guides thanks to The Lazy Environmentalist Josh Dorfman
- New York Beyond the Big Apple kudos to National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel Blog, which mentions Sascha Zuger’s Moon New York State Handbook with recommendations for Hudson Valley, the Finger Lakes, and the famous Hamptons.
- Examiner.com’s Ecotourism in America: New York eco-itinerary
- Green Lodging News’ New York State Unveils Green Hospitality Certification Program
- Sustainable Travel & Ecotourism in New York State at Frommer’s
- New York State to Become Green Restaurant Capital of the World
- 20 Great American Drives from Travel + Leisure magazine, which asks readers to visit the “luminous vistas of New York’s Hudson River” and to figure out how long they might spend on “the 45-mile drive north from Beacon to Hudson [which] depends on how many sites you tour”…
General Tips on How to Travel Green:
- Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Eco + Green Travel – Carry On blog
- Conservation International’s Tips for Travel
- Travel Green Guide by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), known as the world’s oldest and largest international ecotourism association
- Carbon Footprint Calculator
- Offset Your Rail Travel
- Dining Green with the Green Restaurant Association
Related Sustainable Tourism Events:
- “Green Getaways, Local Food Travel Expo” at Skylight One Hanson in downtown Brooklyn, NY on April 30, 2011 – hosted by EscapeMaker.com and presented by Amtrak and Zipcar. By the way, we are announcing the next Greenest NYer there too!
- Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference will feature presentations and discussions to help tourism professionals gain necessary tools to effectively implement sustainability practices. Held from September 19-21, 2011, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA.
- Find the New York Marketplace at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show held inside the Jacob Javits Center in NYC, November 12-15, 2011.
Quoting John Ur, “From the boats at Ellis Island to the border with Canada, New York takes all comers. It will suck you in” (Cinematic Road Trip: New York – Intelligent Travel Blog).