Transportation is one of the largest users of energy.
Promoting mass transportation lessons the ecological footprint, conserves energy, reduces carbon emissions, reduces the need for parking lots, as well as many other social and environmental benefits.
Walt Disney World Resorts® is a model for promoting both mass transportation and alternatives to the automobile.
Each year they move ninety million guests around the resort through diverse transportation modes including: monorail, boats, buses, and trams. In addition they have developed pedestrian trails and bike trails connecting accommodations and theme parks.
Walt Disney World has also developed an incentive to use mass transportation from the airports to their Hotels, and Cruise ships through the Magical Express.
This program is estimated to save about eleven million metric tons of carbon per year.
The Rocky Mountain Institute has outlined a plan to reinvent our transportation system and described in the video below.
Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort: Integration in Sustainable TourismLast Updated on 2016-02-14 20:58:06In sustainable tourism, it is important to successfully integrate the elements of sustainable building, transportation, and energy usage. A prime example of this can be seen in the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort on the Walt Disney World complex. As part of the Disney complex, the Bonnet Creek Resort must be able to comply with the different sustainability initiatives that are put forth by the Walt Disney Company.
As a result of this land usage on Disney properties, the Bonnet Creek Resort must be willing to adhere to minimal to net-zero waste in order to fully comply with the systems in use on Disney property, and reduction of energy usage. While the Bonnet Creek Resort does not need to comply with all initiatives put in place by the Walt Disney Company, they still have a corporate responsibility in line with Wyndham Worldwide. According to the Wyndham Worldwide Best Practices document,... More »
Hard Rock Hollywood: An Unsustainable VentureLast Updated on 2016-02-14 20:51:25
One of the more popular worldwide corporations, the Seminole Hard Rock Corporation does not provide much in terms of sustainability, and unfortunately the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood (in Hollywood, Florida) also fits the bill on unsustainable systems. If the Hard Rock Corporation does not soon add a sense of corporate responsibility to its mission, then it will never reach a point of sustainability. It can be seen throughout the property that while efforts are made to recycle, and there are automatic energy saving technologies throughout the property, but these efforts are minimal, and do not take advantage of all the opportunities that can be found to maximize sustainability in the Seminole Hard Rock property.
A very prominent example of unsustainability on the Seminole Hard Rock property is that of transportation on and around property. Thankfully,... More »
A major commercial airliner will fly on animal poop this summerLast Updated on 2015-07-01 15:43:28
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We’re not letting our animal waste go to waste. This summer, United Airlines will starting flying planes using fuel derived from farm animal poop and fats. The effort is an attempt to curb the greenhouse gas emissions produced by burning jet fuel in commercial aircraft.
The first partially poo-powered flight will be a short one, taking off from Los Angeles and landing in San Francisco. Then for next two weeks, United will fly four to five flights a day between LA and San Francisco, all of which will contain about 30 percent biofuel. The animal-based propellent is produced by California-based AltAir Fuels.
WE’RE NOT LETTING OUR ANIMAL WASTE GO TO WASTE
The initiative doesn’t stop there. Today, United will announce a $30 million investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy, one of the largest makers of aviation biofuels.... More »
Twenty carbon neutral airports and even more engaged in addressing their carbon footprintsLast Updated on 2015-04-30 15:02:44
Vicky Karantzavelou - 27 March 2015, 10:32
BRUSSELS, HONG KONG, CASABLANCA, WASHINGTON DC and LIMA: With the groundswell of political visibility and a number of key events about Climate Change building up to the COP21 climate negotiations later this year, the independent programme Airport Carbon Accreditation today provided an update on its progress since going global in November 2014.
Following the global airport industry’s commitment to reduce its carbon emissions made 7 years ago, the intervening years since then have seen an ever-increasing number of airports apply for certification by Airport Carbon Accreditation.
The programme certifies airports at 4 different levels of accreditation covering all stages of carbon management (Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality). It is independently administered, institutionally-endorsed and has already won praise from... More »
NASA reveals electric plane with 18 motorsLast Updated on 2015-03-27 20:44:40
WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- NASA has revealed an electric-powered plane that has 18 engines that power individual propellers.
The plane has a 31-foot wingspan, and the engines are powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries. The plane will be able to travel about 200 mph, and it will be able to go as high as 12,000 feet. It will seat four passengers, and it will be able to fly about 450 miles at a time.
The plane is not yet ready for flight, and tests will be done by mounting the wings to a truck that will be driven across a dry lakebed at Edwards Air Force base in California.
The project is called Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology project (LEAPTech), and it's been in development since 2014.
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