Travel Smart

With Americans making an estimated 405 million long-distance business trips each year (those exceeding 50 miles), the eco-cost of doing business away from the office is steep. U.S. hotels alone generated about 170,000 metric tons of CO2 in 2005—the amount produced by nearly 37,000 cars in one year. Fortunately, green travel options exist, such as staying in a green hotel, opting for a hybrid rental car, or purchasing carbon offsets to minimize business travel footprints. Green hotels—a growing segment of the industry—work to cut solid waste and conserve water and energy via a number of measures, including installing energy-efficient HVAC systems, using energy-saving CFL light bulbs, and providing racks that allow towels to air-dry instead of being washed daily.

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