Clarissa Caldwell

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9 years 10 months ago

Portland, Oregon (also known as "the greenest city in the U.S.A.") will host the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), September 8-10. The ESTC, organized by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and co-hosted by Travel Portland and Travel Oregon, is the only North American conference with a focus on sustainable tourism. The conference aims to inspire positive, eco-friendly change in the travel industry.

ESTC features four main session topics or "tracks". The first section...

9 years 10 months ago

Michelle Obama's recent vacation in Spain attracted (a lot of) media attention. CBS ran two stories examining the public costs of her travels, which included details about the matching sundresses she bought and the fancy resort she stayed in (with her "forty" friends). Columnist Andrea Tantros called Obama a "modern-day Marie Antoinette" and a "material girl."

The anger seems to be, in part, focused on the Florida Gulf Coast. Since the Obamas have been encouraging the public...

9 years 10 months ago

There are iPhone Apps that locate lighthouses, make funny noises and, of course, support sustainable travel. Going green can be easier with an iPhone.

Air Sharing ($2.99)

Air Sharing (by Avatron) allows users to download all kinds of data: web pages, .pdfs, excel docs, etc., for perusal offline. On a flight, in the car, wherever, there's no need to print all those files and carry them in a briefcase. Users can drag and drop files onto the iPhone by simply mounting the device on a laptop. Email attachments can...

9 years 10 months ago

Yesterday, Marriott International opened a new eco-friendly hotel, the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway. The hotel promises to be one of the greenest hotels in Atlanta, complete with virtual meeting technology. Their press release also suggested that the hotel was on track to win the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED® is a green-building certification system meant to confirm that a structure was built with important eco-characteristics in check: proper energy...

9 years 10 months ago

First stop on the Responsible Tourism Train: the slums. Squalor. Starvation. Defecation on the street. Welcome to Dharavi. Want to take pictures? Well, you can't. At least, not if you're with the tour group Reality Tours and Travel. They forbid picture-taking and aspire to protect the privacy of the residents. Thoughtful, isn't it?

Reality Tours and Travel was established to "show the positive side of the slums" and breakdown "negative stereotypes". In 2007, the founders Christopher Way and Krishna...

9 years 10 months ago

I am a chronic traveller with the unfortunate habit of moving every year. I realize my spontaneity damages the environment, so I intend to offset my last U-haul trip by sharing the latest eco-travel news with you. I will write about unique companies, countries and individuals who support sustainable travel. And, for good measure, I will occasionally write about evil-doers who engage in thoughtless travel.

Of course, I must admit that my own travels have not always been the considerate kind. In my early twenties, I traveled recklessly and slept in various places: on car seats, hostel couches, and...