TWP Joins the Wanderlust Festival’s Greening Team

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We are excited to join the Wanderlust Festival’s Greening Team this year! We will be providing travel offsets to guests¬†as well as offsetting the emissions from the production of each festival.

As Wanderlust Festivals¬†explains, “Yoga and environmental stewardship go hand in hand, right? There’s not much explanation needed here, most of us understand. Therefore our Wanderlust Festivals, the embodiment of our Yogic culture and lifestyle need to exemplify this stewardship. Furthermore, Wanderlust needs you to be the source of the sustainability programs because ultimately its you, our attendees, that make the programs a beautiful success or a messy failure.”

So, get involved! If you are planning to attend one of the Wanderlust Festivals don’t forget to offset your travel to the event when you purchase your tickets online.

For more information about the Wanderlust Festival’s greening efforts please visit their website.

How do Travel Offsets work?

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Studies Abroad for Global Education (SAGE) Offsets Student Travel

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Studies Abroad for Global Education (SAGE) is one of those organizations that stands out among the pack!  SAGE not only provides high-quality study abroad programs to youth and educators, they also take great care in running a sustainable travel business that respects Mother Earth.

SAGE and Trees, Water & People (TWP) have partnered in several capacities over the years, including leading a volunteer work trip to Honduras in 2011. Now, as part of SAGE’s commitment to sustainable and responsible travel, all of SAGE’s students have the ability to¬†offset their travel carbon footprint. For every offset made, SAGE matches it dollar-for-dollar through TWP’s Carbon Offset Program!

To date, SAGE has matched 298.5 tons of carbon offsets, supporting the construction of solar air heating systems on Native American reservations of the U.S. that greatly reduce heating bills for families in need while reducing green house gas emissions that lead to climate change. Thanks to SAGE, we are able to help communities reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and make the transition towards clean, renewable alternatives like solar.

To learn more about SAGE and their sustainability initiatives please visit http://www.sageprogram.org/about/sustainability

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A solar heating system is installed on a new straw bale home at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home of the Oglala Lakota Tribe.

Travel With Purpose: Join us for the 2011 EcoTour to Honduras

A participant on the 2010 EcoTour helps plants trees in a local community.

Join Trees, Water & People for a service learning and cultural work tour to beautiful Honduras.  From August 6th-17th, we will be taking participants to the communities where we work, helping to plant trees and build clean cookstoves.  In addition, guests will visit the Mayan Ruins at Copan.  This is a great opportunity to practice your Spanish, build your resume, and connect with local communities.  The trip is designed so that each participant offsets their entire travel CO2 footprint through the reforestation and cookstove projects completed during the trip!

Helping Guests of Jam Cruise 2011 Become “Conscious Cruisers”

Staff from our international team will be departing soon for Jam Cruise 2011, where they are part of the greening team.  The green team strives to learn and take action on all of the opportunities and challenges inherent in greening this magical musical adventure, working from the inside out to help green this industry.

During the 5 day cruise, the Greening Headquarters becomes a hub for education, passenger participation, carbon offsetting, Positive Legacy donations, Silent Auction displays, and all out good vibes. The green team inspires passengers not only on the ship, but all throughout the year.

Trees, Water & People works with Jam Cruise to help guests become conscious cruisers by selling carbon offsets.¬† Jam Cruise offsets more than 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions though TWP’s stove program.¬† However, this offset does not include the emissions created by passengers traveling to and from Fort Lauderdale.¬† Last year, more than 600 passengers offest their carbon, making Clould 9 and the Jam Cruise passengers one of TWP’s largest carbon offset partners!