Green Business Travel

by guest on January 5, 2011

Figuring out ways to make your business travel green can make your journeys simpler, less costly, more efficient, and maybe most importantly, better for the environment. You might discover that there are numerous ways to make your travel more eco-friendly, and depending upon your method of travel, your destinations, and frequency of trips, the impact your choices have upon the environment could be substantial. You can even consider implementing employee incentives to travel green. And while you may already be taking steps toward making your business travel a little greener, here are some tips you might find useful in increasing the effectiveness of your efforts.

Accommodations

It is common these days to find that numerous hotels, resorts, and similar accommodations have adopted strategies of eco-friendliness. From the linens and cleaning supplies they use to energy efficiency practices and how they clean their rooms, the lodging industry is becoming surprisingly green. By looking for, staying at, and booking your meeting and catering services at accommodations that are committed to green practices, you may be able to make your business travel better for the environment.

Packing

You might be surprised to find that the time and effort you put toward packing for your travels could affect the environment. Looking for eco-friendly travel items such as toiletries, clothing, and cosmetics can reduce your environmental impact. Ensuring that you have the proper necessities packed before you leave can help lower your effects upon the environment as well. This can decrease the chance of having to purchase products at your destination for which you might not have room on the return trip and must therefore leave behind before they are completely used.

Air Travel

Driving might at times be a cheaper and possibly more comfortable way to travel to your destination, but the emissions and other harmful environmental effects of automobile travel can be worse for the environment. Air travel might not only save time, but could reduce your impact upon the environment and could even end up being cheaper as well.

Ground Transportation

If air travel isn’t a feasible option for your particular business travel, it might be worth your while traveling to a conference or other meeting in which co-workers will be in attendance, by way of ride sharing or car pooling. This again can reduce the amount of gas used in your travels as well as other environmentally effects of automobile travel.

Food and Beverage

When you’re on the road, it’s often easy to get into the habit of eating and drinking in quick, pre-packaged, ready-to-eat style forms of foods and beverages. This method of consumption however, can be wasteful and harmful to the environment, not to mention unhealthy.

To make your eating practices more eco-friendly, consider searching for fresher food options as opposed to foods served on or in non-biodegradable packaging. Organic foods that were grown without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides may be greener options as well.

When it comes to your beverages, if you are a bottled water drinker, consider taking just one bottle along with you, or picking one up along the way, and refilling it with fresh water when it’s empty in order to reduce the number of plastic bottles you consume. If you are the soda drinking sort, look for ways to recycle your aluminum cans along your travels rather than just tossing them in the trash. While it might not seem like much, every effort counts

Vincent has spent the last 10 years implementing employee recognition programs for Fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S. He currently lives in Houston and writes regularly about motivating employees on his Motivation Stream blog.

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