Going green for Spring Break means saving some green in your wallet and in the environment
By: Mike Markewinski, NBC Action News
9:10 AM, Feb 14, 2011
12:41 PM, Feb 23, 2011
Who does not need a break from the blah days of winter? March
marks the time of year when many college students and even adults
escape for a few days of fun and relaxation.
But being eco-friendly will not only help you save money, but
help you save the environment from even more pollution.
First, pick where you are heading. If you want to avoid the
crowded beaches and motels, then consider a state park or even
staying at home, and reading a book.
If you are traveling by yourself or with a friend, consider
driving. It may take longer, but since planes require a lot more
fossil fuels, by driving there, you will not burn up as much gas as
a plane would. If neither of those is something you want to do you
can always take the train. But if you do choose to drive, pick an
Once you get to your vacation city, park the car and walk
everywhere you can. You will not only reduce carbon emissions, but
you will get plenty of exercise in the way.
If you are planning to stay at a resort or hotel, pick ones that
have a major impact on the environment. Experts say call your hotel
to see if it is certified by the Leadership Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building System.
And when it comes to eating on your way to your vacation while
on vacation, pack your own food. It will help reduce the Styrofoam
containers and wrappers you would get if you buy fast food.