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If you own or manage a lodging, restaurant, park, entertainment or other travel-oriented business, the NC GreenTravel website will provide you with information to help you become more competitive in the green travel arena.Whether your facility is in the mountains, the piedmont, or the coastal area of North Carolina, we can help you go green and save green!

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Tip Sheets

The following Tip Sheets are part of a series produced through the Center in cooperation with the Pollution Prevention Pays program of the NC Department of the Environment and Natural Resources and the NC Division of Tourism, Film, and Sports Development. We wish to acknowledge the many and varied contributors to the development of the content of these resources. Although part of our North Carolina series, much of this information is applicable to any business or community striving for sustainability in its tourism offerings.


10 Sustainable Practices You Can Implement Today

Going green can seem like a daunting task, but these ten sustainable practices are low to no-cost actions any tourism business can start doing right now.


Choosing a Sustainable Event Venue

When planning your next conference or event, by choosing a green venue you can greatly reduce the environmental impact of the event and lower costs. These guidelines can provide some helpful information in choosing your next meeting destination.


Connecting with the Local Community

An increasing number of travelers are seeking authentic local experiences while on vacation. By working with local businesses and organizations you not only increase the appeal and value of your tourism businesses to these sorts of visitors, but you also benefit your community in more ways than you might think.


Green Booths

To further your efforts to reduce the environmental impact of conferences and events, consider engaging your vendors and sponsors of your tradeshow booths to participate. These tips provide some general guidelines to help you "green the booths" at your next event.


Greening Festivals and Events

Going green isn't only for accommodations. Events across the country are making efforts to reduce their footprint and so can you. Here are some resources to help you get there.


LED Exit Signs

Exit signs might not seem like an important part of energy efficiency, but because they operate 24/7, they can have substantial electricity usage.  LED exit signs use only 5% of the energy incandescent exit signs use and can lead to hundreds of dollars in savings of the life of the sign.


NC GreenPower

For as little as $4 a month, you can directly contribute to renewable energy here in North Carolina. NC GreenPower offers a variety of clean energy solutions for any tourism business.


NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Reducing waste and increasing energy and water efficiency can appear to be a daunting task but there are a number of resources to help your tourism business or organization lower costs and increase efficiency. The North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance has compiled this list of online resources for energy and water conservation.


Reducing Paper Waste at Conferences

Paper is one of the largest contributors to waste generated at conferences and tradeshows, much of which is never recycled. There are a few practices that are easy and low cost that can help any event reduce the amount of paper wasted.


Water Efficiency for Commercial Bathrooms

Inefficient water usage in restrooms not only wastes water but can also lead to wasted operating costs. Many water saving options are now readily available at cost competitive prices.


Water Conservation Ideas for Restaurants

There are many easy ways for restaurants to lower their water bills without large equipment investments.  Following these tips is a great way to do your part to conserve water.


Seasonal Eating

By following the seasons, you can greatly enhance your menu, offering fresh locally grown products that not only taste better but consumers are also increasingly asking for. This tip sheet offers a number of resources that can help you offer more seasonal and locally grown products.


Local vs. Organic

More and more Americans are conscious of where their food comes from and are actively choosing restaurants that serve local and organic products despite potentially higher prices. Would your business attract more customers if you served organic products? Could you increase your profit margin if you served locally grown products?


Edible Landscaping

Do your guests want natural experiences? Do they enjoy fresh locally grown food? Are you looking for something unique to serve for breakfast? Why not use edible plants from your own property.


Oyster Recycling

Participation in the NC Oyster Shell Recycling Program is easy and helps contributes to the sustained health of North Carolina's waters. The program is open to businesses, events, and individuals and a tax credit if given for participation in the program.


Recycling at Venues and Events

Starting a recycling program can be a challenge, and venues and events carry their own unique challenges. To help prepare for the October 2009 plastic bottle disposable ban, we have collected these resources to make implementing a successful recycling programs at your site easier.


Recycling at Sports Venues

87% of people report recycling at home, work, and school. But what about when they’re away from home? Now it’s time to get your team ahead and put your recycling game plan on the field.


Waste Reduction for Bed & Breakfasts

We all know the mantra "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle." Here’s how to put it into practice at your B&B.

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