The travel industry’s sustainability actions

PLANNING & BOOKING

ADARA

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  • Developed a Sustainable Travel Index using its 300+ travel and tourism data partners. The index takes into account length of travel, sustainable accommodations, local spending, and traveler investments in sustainable products (e.g., solar or EVs).

American Express

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American Express Global Business Travel

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  • Offers high-quality carbon offsets accredited by independent third parties, helps clients measure and mitigate carbon emissions, and promotes green suppliers and content at point of sale.

Expedia Group

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  • Has partnered with and funded organizations like the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to help communities respond to disaster and build resilience, as well as the Travel Foundation, with which Expedia is building a program to create climate champions and help destinations develop climate action plans to produce positive change in their communities.
  • Carbon neutral since 2017 and purchased renewable electricity equivalent to 100% of its facilities consumption worldwide since 2020.

Expedia Group, Google, Tripadvisor, and Visa

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  • Working with industry peers as part of the Travalyst Coalition to develop an open-source, standardized method for estimating the emissions associated with aviation as well as a methodology for determining the relative sustainability of lodging options.

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TripAdvisor

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  • TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders hotel program, launched in 2013, recognizes hotels that demonstrate a commitment to sustainable business practices and raises awareness for sustainable travel.

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American Airlines

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Delta Air Lines

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Etihad Airways

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  • Leading the development of sustainable aviation fuels and uses first-of-its-kind tech to make sure its aircraft are as fuel-efficient as possible.
  • Through the Conscious Choices program, enabling passengers to offset emissions, choose sustainable products and learn about ways to make their everyday lives more sustainable. The Corporate Conscious Choices offers carbon offsetting, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) investments and green surcharge fares to corporate partners.
  • Signed the world’s first multi-year commercial production contract to integrate contrail management within routine operations. The agreement will expand the scope for SATAVIA technology to prevent warming aircraft contrails and demonstrates the potential to target aviation’s CO2 and non-CO2 effects simultaneously.
  • Eliminated 41 single-use plastic products. By the end of 2022, Etihad will have reduced single-use plastics by 80%, with almost 100 plastic products removed from its planes. Etihad uses data to precisely calculate how much water is needed on board, meaning not a drop is wasted and emissions are lower.
  • Etihad Airways’ Mangrove Forest is focused on biodiversity, wildlife and environmental protection and provides guests the opportunity to plant, adopt and discover mangroves’ important ecological role.

United Airlines

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Traveling: Airports

Denver International Airport

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Los Angeles World Airports

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Pittsburgh International Airport

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  • Pittsburgh International Airport’s apiary program creates a sanctuary for millions of honeybees, which have been threatened by exposure to pesticides, parasites and poor nutrition. 
  • Spearheaded the use of alternative energy sources as the first airport in the world to be completely powered by natural gas and solar energy.

San Diego International Airport

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  • The Good Traveler was founded in 2015 by San Diego International Airport to offer travelers a quick and easy way to make their air travel more sustainable. Today, The Good Traveler is used by over 20 of the busiest and most climate-smart airports in the world and has helped airports and travelers reduce over 117,000 metric tons of carbon.
  • SAN is “carbon neutral” in terms of organizational emissions and currently has 5.5 MW of PV solar and 2MW/4MWh of battery storage installed onsite. SAN also receives 100% renewable and carbon-free grid-delivered electricity and has a fleet of 33 electric buses that transport passengers and employees. The airport also uses renewable diesel for all airside diesel ground support equipment (GSE).
  • SAN’s Food Recovery Program collected nearly 300 meals from the airport’s food and beverage concessionaires for donation and composted approximately 248 tons of food waste. More than 800,000 gallons of stormwater were captured, treated, and reused to maintain temperature control in the terminals. Approximately 100,000 gallons of condensate water dripping from jet bridges were captured and used to brew beer.
  • SAN is proud to provide a protected habitat for the endangered California least tern (CLT), a migrating seabird that finds nesting opportunities along the southeastern property line of the airport. The airport provides the CLT with nesting habitat and easy access to foraging opportunities in nearby San Diego Bay. CLT nesting season at SAN is April to September.

San Francisco International Airport

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  • Targeting net zero carbon emissions for airport-controlled greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. SFO currently has 13 solar installations online, 10 all-electric buildings, and 3 all-electric parking garages.
  • Is an airport leader in zero waste and the first large campus to ban plastics in foodware, foodware accessories and beverage containers. The Airport, and its tenant partners, also donates approximately 12,000 meals to our communities facing food insecurity annually, diverting over 15,000 pounds of surplus food from the landfill through the Unites Against Hunger Program.
  • SFO’s Green Business Program offers free support to airport restaurants, stores, and other vendors for energy and water conservation; waste reduction; pollution prevention and cost reduction. Over 40 SFO tenants are certified Green Businesses and over 900 tenant employees are trained in material diversion.

The Port of Portland and Portland International Airport

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  • Supports solar development through the state-wide Community Solar Program. Starting in 2023, the port will purchase solar power for approximately 15% of the electricity used at PDX.
  • Participates in The Clean Air Construction Program, a collaboration among local public agencies to reduce diesel emissions in construction projects
  • Has donated more than 155,000 meals and composted 2,350 tons of food waste from PDX since 2003.
  • Building a ground source heat pump system that will reduce the use of natural gas for heating the PDX terminal by 95%

Traveling: Rental Cars, Cruises & Trains

Amtrak

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  • Reduced emissions by over 400,000 metric tons of CO2e over the last decade, equivalent to the energy consumed to power more than 50,000 homes for one year. Through several key initiatives like energy efficiency upgrades, obtaining almost half its electricity from carbon-free sources, and more fuel-efficient locomotives, Amtrak has reduced fuel and energy use year-over-year.
  • Set a goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045, with an interim target to reduce emissions 40% by 2030. Amtrak is poised to play a leading role in the modal shift to rail in support of global efforts to reduce GHG emissions.

Avis Budget Group

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Brightline

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  • On track to realize carbon-free rides. Brightline’s diesel-electric locomotives run on clean biodiesel and help to remove 3 million cars from roads each year. Brightline’s stations feature FPL SolarNow Solar Trees, which provide shade while generating emissions-free energy for things like electric vehicle chargers.

Carnival Corporation

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Cruise Lines International Association

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  • CLIA members are charting a course to net-zero globally by 2050. Cruise lines are utilizing LNG now as a transitional fuel and are exploring sustainable marine fuels, including biodiesel, methanol, ammonia, hydrogen, and electric batteries. Cruise lines continue to make significant investments in shoreside electricity.

Enterprise Mobility

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  • Established in 2007 with a gift from the Taylor family, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center supports research to develop and advance the next generation of alternative fuels and clean technologies.
  • Actively engaging in supporting the electrification ecosystem and long-term viability of EV fleets through infrastructure investments and partnership collaboration. In FY22, Enterprise Holdings reduced more than 800 million pounds of carbon emissions through its rideshare program.
  • Has invested an estimated $150 million over the last decade to improve energy and water efficiency at new and existing corporate facilities, neighborhood branches and airport locations.

Norwegian Cruise Line

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The Hertz Corporation

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  • Assists corporate customers in meeting climate disclosure obligations and supports their decarbonization strategies by providing account-level greenhouse gas emission reports. This information also helps customers develop roadmaps to achieve their emissions reduction targets. Hertz supports efforts to implement sustainable travel policies with tens of thousands of EVs available for rent at more than 750 Hertz locations across 38 states.
  • Assembling a diverse fleet of EVs at a range of price points adding charging capacity to its locations, and supporting new public charging infrastructure through partnerships with major energy companies. Hertz Electrifies, a new public-private partnership, aims to bring EVs and charging to U.S. cities, create educational and training opportunities for high-quality jobs, and engage with local organizations to extend the benefits of electrification to underserved communities.

Lodging & Resorts

Accor

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Associated Luxury Hotels International

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Partnering with Evertreen to plant more than 1,000 trees.

Caesars Entertainment

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  • Caesars Entertainment’s three Atlantic City properties will host 8.4 MW of solar canopies and covered parking structures, avoiding nearly 4,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.  
  • Diverted 40% of its total waste away from landfills in 2021 with the goal to divert 65% by 2030. Since 2012, Caesars resort properties have diverted over 1.1 billion pounds of waste away from landfills.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts

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IHG Hotels & Resorts

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Marriott International

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MGM Resorts International

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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

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  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ Green Certification program  is a five level progression that helps hotels reduce their environmental footprints and operate more efficiently through eco-friendly initiatives, with Wyndham Green badges featured on hotels’ webpages.

Destinations

Destination DC

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  • One of only a few US destinations that participates in the Global Destination Sustainability-Index, an annual benchmarking assessment that encourages transparency and collaboration in sustainable strategy development.
  • Published a D.C. sustainability guide with user-friendly directory to easily find sustainable dining and meetings and convention suppliers.

Experience Kissimmee

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  • Partners with Trees4Travel to plant one tree per actualized room night booked through the DMO meeting incentive. The trees will help with the creation of future forests, restoring eco-systems, biodiversity and supporting local communities, plus an investment is made into a United Nations renewable energy carbon credit which will help to compensate for a portion of the meeting organizations’ carbon emissions.

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Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

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  • Acquired the Las Vegas’ Monorail, which transports millions of passengers per year using 100% electric energy and producing zero emissions.

New Orleans & Co.

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  • Initiated the Love Your City Initiative to engage the community with sustainability initiatives such as the Zero Waste challenge, which promotes recycling, composting and eliminating plastics across local businesses. 
  • Partnered with LifeCity and local business leaders to reduce waste, including through promoting recycling, waste diversion, locally sourced goods, energy conservation and more.
  • Partners with the Audubon Nature Institute on a sustainable seafood guide. 

New York City Tourism + Conventions

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  • Provides sustainability content for meeting planners at business.nycgo.com/meeting-planners.
  • Partners with The Nest Summit, WTTC and The Climate Group on initiatives to educate its membership and the public during Climate Week NYC.
  • Launched the “Proudly Sustainable” media campaign during WorldPride in partnership with six Broadway shows to educate the event’s 5M visitors on making sustainable choices during their visit.

Sonoma County Tourism

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  • Offers a Sustainable Travel Guide to help travelers find sustainable options to stay, eat, taste wines, tour, and shop.
  • Promotes visitor experiences at Sonoma County’s 425 certified-sustainable wineries. Wineries are certified through a rigorous review of their soil, water, and energy management, and are expected to preserve land for natural habitats.

Travel Michigan

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  • Provides visitors with eco-conscious ways to explore Michigan. Examples include LEED-certified hotels and attractions and ways that travelers can explore popular destinations without cars.
  • Supports Michigan Cares For Tourism, an all-volunteer group which helps restore Michigan’s historic, cultural and natural attractions.

Travel Oregon

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Virginia Tourism Corporation

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  • Virginia Tourism Corporation helps travelers plan eco-friendly trips to Virginia with their Sustainable Travel landing page, which highlights green travel options and trip planning ideas across the state.
  • Virginia Green is a statewide program in partnership with Virginia Tourism and 18 additional partner organizations. The Virginia Green program administers the Virginia Green Travel Certification Program, which recognizes tourism businesses for their environmental commitments. More than 1200 Virginia businesses have achieved this certification, and they are searchable as options for planning Sustainable Vacations in Virginia.
  • The Commonwealth of Virginia is a signatory participant of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative of Eastern States in the U.S. to cap and reduce CO2 emissions for the power sector. Additionally, the Virginia Clean Economy Act created the state’s Clean Energy Standard with commitments to switch the entire electric grid to 100% clean energy by 2050 and it supports opportunities for expanded solar for individuals, churches, businesses, etc. Fleet managers of many state and local governments and various transportation partners are working in cooperation with Virginia Clean Cities and the Virginia Department of Energy to dramatically increase support for EV charging infrastructure.
  • VDEQ provides technical assistance to the industry, develops guidance on green practices and innovative techniques, and oversees the Virginia Green Certification program. The program includes requirements for recycling and waste reduction and measures to conserve water and energy and reports progress. Additionally, the program is engaged in efforts to reduce single-use plastics, such as bags and water bottles, and helping expand partner efforts to reduce food waste and implement compost collection programs.
  • Virginia State Parks is the newest core marketing partner of the Virginia Green Travel Alliance, working to certify all its 43 parks statewide and co-brand with the Virginia Green program. Additionally, many organizations are working to preserve native species, habitats, farmland, and natural attractions in Virginia, and are supported by state agencies in the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Natural & Historic Resources.
  • Virginia Green offers green products & services through the Virginia Green Suppliers Network for Virginia’s Hospitality Industry and it encourages all of its partners to commit to purchasing responsibly.

Visit California

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  • Launched a Sustainability Resource Center with resources for journalists, influencers and trade professionals aimed at promoting responsible, sustainable travel. 

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The Colorado Convention Center (CCC) is LEED-certified and has a stated goal to ensure that every event it hosts sustainable. The CCC believes in using certifications to guide it’s implementation of sustainable practices throughout its operations. With robust Voluntourism and Green Vendor directories, the city of Denver has positioned itself as a highly attractive destination for those looking to ensure their meeting is sustainable.

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  • Provides a comprehensive guide to “voluntourism” across the state, allowing visitors to participate in environmental initiatives. Examples include participating in planting native plants and helping rehabilitate marine life.

Visit Lake Charles

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  • Partners with the Leave No Trace organization to promote responsible stewardship of the outdoors at Lake Charles’ 2nd largest attraction, the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road.

Visit Lauderdale

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Visit North Carolina

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  • Conducts training workshops with Leave No Trace for partners across the state. Visit North Carolina’s Outdoor NC Trip Tips help visitors explore lesser-known areas of the state to reduce impact on the natural environments.

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Meetings & Events

Accor

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  • Launched a net zero carbon calculator to help Meeting & Event clients calculate the carbon footprint of their events and offers carbon credits and recommendations for further reducing emissions.

Caesars Entertainment

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  • Offers sustainable meeting spaces for conferences of all sizes. Each of Caesars’ 50+ properties comply with its People Planet Play programs and include energy and waste reduction targets, including science-based emission reduction targets, low-carbon energy sourcing, on-site renewables, LEED buildings, on-site waste diversion and post-event donations, sustainable food and beverage options, local and sustainable sourcing, and post-event sustainability reporting.

Delaware North

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  • Delaware North’s environmental management platform, GreenPath, has saved millions of gallons of water, reduced energy consumption and diverted thousands of tons of solid waste—and has been recognized by organizations such as the U.S. National Park Service, NASA, the EPA, as well as numerous airports, municipalities, and sports and entertainment venues.

Destination DC

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts

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  • Offers meeting and event planners an option for Carbon Neutral Meetings that support sustainable development projects, reduce carbon emissions, and protect the environment. 

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

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  • The Las Vegas Convention Center provides fast and convenient transportation across its campus with its fleet of electric vehicles.

Maritz

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  • Measures and analyzes Greenhouse Gas emissions information for an event and counsels clients on how to improve the event’s sustainability based on findings from their proprietary Carbon Footprint Measurement Tool.
  • Companies are demanding their partners develop socially and environmentally responsible supply chains, and Maritz is no different. Maritz is committed to being a responsible partner and ensuring the responsible practices of their suppliers and vendors.

MGM Resorts International

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New York City Tourism + Conventions

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Provides sustainability content for meeting planners at business.nycgo.com/meeting-planners

Visit Anaheim

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  • Offers eco-friendly meeting spaces at its convention center, equipped with solar panels, recycling programs, sustainable food and beverage options and the largest fleet of electric buses and vehicles in California.

Visit Lauderdale

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  • Greater Fort Lauderdale’s commitment “meet green” provides the perfect path for meeting professionals to gently travel as they incorporate ecologically-friendly practices into their meeting, convention, or incentive.
  • When completed at the end of 2025, the high-anticipated expansion of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center will offer more than 1 billion in new investments, including these green initiatives: Electric vehicle charging stations, solar panels covering the entire roof of the east convention center building, no single-use serving plastics, LEED certified buildings, filtered water bottle refilling stations, high-efficiency LED lighting and single-stream recycling compactors and bailors.

Visit Phoenix

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The Phoenix Convention Center holds itself to the highest standard of sustainability through a robust compost system, smart watering program and chairs made from recycled materials.

 

Attractions

Disney Parks & Resorts

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National Park Service

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  • Between 2016 and 2019, the NPS, in partnership with BMW, installed nearly 100 EV charging installations in national parks, en route, and at NPS workplace & fleet locations.
  • The Climate Friendly Parks Program provides parks with tools and resources to address climate change and has established goals to measure GHG emissions and educate staff, visitors and the public on ways to address climate change.

San Francisco Giants

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  • Awarded the Green Glove Award for the ninth consecutive year in recognition of their industry-leading sustainability efforts, as well as the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, CA’s highest environmental honor, for diverting 95% of trash from landfills.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

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Universal Destinations & Experiences

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  • On-site anaerobic digester generates energy from food waste Universal Orlando. Installed irrigation control sensors at Universal Orlando and Hollywood adjust watering as needed based on real-time ground moisture and weather data.