Sustainable Travel Resources
Here you’ll find an ever-expanding list of the most current organizations, resources, research and contacts to help your tourism business or organization increase its sustainability. If you have a resource you think should be included here, please contact Harry Dalgaard, Travel Oregon’s Destination Development Specialist.
Sustainable Tourism — General Support and Information
- Global Sustainable Tourism Council
- International Ecotourism Society
- National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations
- Sustainable Travel International
- Travel Green (U.S. Travel Association)
- World Tourism Organization – Sustainable Development of Tourism
Business Assistance for Sustainability
- Energy Trust of Oregon, Business Energy Solutions
- Energy Saving Ideas for Lodging and Hospitality
- Energy Saving Ideas for Restaurants
- Green Lodging Partners
- The City of Portland’s BEST Business Center
- Metro Recycle at Work
- Marion County’s EarthWISE Business Assistance Program
- Gresham Resource Efficiency Assistance to Businesses (City of Gresham)
- 3E Strategies
Sustainable Business Certifications Recognized in the Oregon Sustainable Business Challenge
- Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program - Serving golf courses
- Audubon Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program - Serving lodging facilities
- Earth Advantage Commercial - Currently seeking pilots, this program is intended to target commercial properties under 50,000 square feet.
- EarthWISE Certification - Serving businesses in Marion County
- Food Alliance - Serving farms and ranches
- Green Coach Certification - Serving motor coach operators
- Green Restaurant Association - Serving eating establishments
- Green Seal - Serving lodging operations of all sizes
- Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), U.S. Green Building Council - Applicable to any facility (could apply to lodging properties, attractions or restaurants)
- Low Input Viticulture & Enology, Inc. (LIVE) - Serving vineyards, wineries and wines
- Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild’s Green Inspection Program - Serving B&B Guild members
- Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine - Applicable to wine produced in Oregon
- Oregon Tilth - Serving farms, ranches restaurants and retailers. Accredited by the USDA National Organic Program.
- Portland Climate Champions (City of Portland) - Applicable to any business in the City of Portland
- ReSport Certification by Council for Responsible Sport - Applicable to mass participation sporting events. Only Silver or Gold levels qualify.
- Salmon Safe - Applicable to vineyards, farms, parks and open spaces, corporate and university campuses and golf courses.
- Sustainable Tourism Eco-Certification Program (STEP) - Applicable to any tourism-related business of any size. Must achieve two stars or higher to qualify.
Carbon Management and Carbon Offset Solutions
Guidelines for Responsible Travel
- From the Global Sustainable Tourism Council
- Leave No Trace - Principles for the Backcountry
- Leave No Trace — Outdoor Ethics for the Frontcountry
General Sustainable Business News & Information
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