"Take only pictures, leave only footprints" has been a Green Tortoise adage since 1974. Recently we've adopted some additional eco-friendly initiatives to address the impact of our adventures on the evironment.
Offsetting carbon is the practice of reducing and/or sequestering carbon dioxide emissions generated by one's home, office, commute, travel, and other emissions-causing activities. By supporting a variety of projects such as renewable energy, reforestation, and energy efficiency we hope to make our trips completely carbon neutral! Green Tortoise recently partnered with Carbonfund.org, an organization dedicated to reducing the threat of climate change by supporting climate-friendly, "carbon offset" projects.
Here's how it works: for every 1,000 miles traveled, the per-passenger cost to make the trip carbon-neutral with Carbonfund.org works out to be $1.00. Plus, the Green Tortoise will match your voluntary contribution to this cause. So, for example, a Southern Dream Cross-Country U.S.A. trip, which covers roughly 5,000 miles, costs $5.00 per passenger to be carbon neutral. With our matching program, this works out to be a $2.50 voluntary passenger contribution. Passengers can also choose to offset the entire amount themselves; we'll match that amount as well, for an even greater contribution to the carbon offset fund! When you make your reservation ask us about this great program and how you can contribute.
In addition to our carbon offset efforts, Green Tortoise is also a memeber of the Co-Op America Business Network. By approving Green Tortoise as a member, Co-Op America recognizes us as a business that "operates in a way to solve, rather than cause, both environmental and social problems."