Travel & Tourism

Building a sustainable global economy through travel

Travel is a two edged sword when it comes to sustainability. On one hand, the carbon footprint of airlines adds to earth’s global warming woes while all too often the economic benefits of travel are confined to global hotel chains. On the other hand, the societal benefits of seeing the world and learning about new cultures is priceless. Better technology has improved travel’s carbon footprint and eco-tourism has allowed local communities and environments to benefit from tourist dollars more directly.

Follow along on this page for our “triple bottom line” look at travel.

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JetBlue’s 2015 CSR Report: Crewmembers and Community Values Come First

JetBlue's 2015 corporate social responsibility (CSR) report reflects a comprehensive vision that often goes outside the bounds of what is expected from a…
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A Ride on Carnival’s New Social Impact Cruise Line

Carnival just launched a social-impact cruise line that carries vacationing volunteers to work with social enterprises, nonprofits and communities in the Dominican Republic.…
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Hyperloop One Completes First Public Test

The test only lasted a few seconds before ending in a massive plume of sand. But according to Hyperloop One, this is a…
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Solar Power and the Future of Air Travel

Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are making their way around the world in a solar-powered plane. And while we aren't likely…
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Beauty and the Beast: Our Love For Plastic Has a Dark Side

When waste is not managed properly, it becomes a lasting issue with consequences that know no bounds. Kelsey Gaude, a graduate student at…
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A Year After Quake, Relief Efforts Continue in Nepal

As nonprofits and governments go back and forth on how best to rebuild affected communities, the need emerges for the private sector step…
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Hilarious ‘Barbie Savior’ Instagram Highlights the Dark Side of Voluntourism

A hilarious Instagram account called Barbie Savior has gone viral, with depictions of the Mattel beauty that mock those who have put helping…
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From Masai Runaway to Eco-Entrepreneur

Peniel Laizer began his social enterprise while still working for someone else. After three years of work, fueled by a mission to promote…
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Zika Virus Findings Spur Opportunistic Investors and SEC Warnings

New research suggests that there is a link between Zika and fetal abnormalities, particularly early in pregnancy. Meanwhile, some "savvy investors" are looking…
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National Parks Face Over-Crowding, Degradation

The National Park Service turns 100 this year, but our National Parks are plagued with over-crowding and lack of funding for maintenance.
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United Kicks Off Regular Biofuel Flights on West Coast

Today United Airlines will debut its first commercial flight using a new biofuel blend called Honeywell Green Jet Fuel. The flight will travel…
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3 Ways to Travel Sustainably

How can we give back to the planet while traveling, an activity that is reserved for the privileged, developed world? Radio host Daphne…
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JetBlue’s CSR Strategy Builds Both Brand and Community

How important is corporate social responsibility to a company's brand today? We speak with JetBlue's CSR manager, Kate Wetzel, about how skilled volunteering…
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Doctors: Microcephaly in Brazil Caused by Larvicide, Not Zika?

Brazil is facing an epidemic of the birth defect microcephaly. The government says it's due to the Zika virus. So does the World…
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The Rising Cost of the Zika Virus Epidemic

Brazil is in a major campaign to stop the spread of Zika virus.
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