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 environental 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 Responsibility of Environmental Quality Last Updated on 2014-10-29 10:15:51Environmental quality is the responsibility of the tourism industry, the tourist business, the tourists, the suppliers, and the developers. These entities work together to create sustainable tourism, playing a significant role and influencing each other.
The Tourism Industry
The tourism industry is the umbrella that everything else falls under. Focusing on sustainable tourism practices sets a standard for other sectors in the world to follow. The tourism industry is the fastest growing industry in the world---relatively unknown places are being visited and well known destinations are significantly increasing in popularity. The environmental quality of destinations is a reflection of the tourism industry and what it deems to be acceptable for the most part. Because this industry is growing so quickly, it has the power to shift toward being ecofriendly and sustainable on a global scale.... More »
Blue Community Series Part 2Last Updated on 2013-11-25 12:40:51
Dr. Reese Halter hosts Part 2 of the Blue Community Coastal Habitat & Marine Environment series that presents best practices for sustainable tourism at the Walt Disney Company. This video focuses is on Buildings, Energy, and Transportation. The video features Tammy Brister, Manager, Environmental Integration, Walt Disney World Resort.
Electric Shuttle Van: A Viable Option for Guest Transportation?Last Updated on 2013-07-15 11:11:55NATIONAL REPORT—Gasoline-powered passenger vans have been the norm for transporting guests for a long time. Unfortunately, these types of vehicles are environmentally inefficient. They consume gasoline, produce air and noise pollution, require oil and transmission fluid for upkeep, and are particularly disadvantageous while idling. While the world’s automakers have been rolling out electric automobiles the last few years—the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, etc.—few companies are making electric passenger vans.
In the past few months, Zenith Electric, through its Zenith Motors, has begun producing an electric shuttle van in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Zenith is owned by William Yung III, who also is president and CEO of Columbia Sussex, the owner and operator of hotels in the United States and Caribbean. According to Christine Smith, vice president of sales &... More »
Buildings, Energy, & Transportation Choices in Tourism: A Key to protecting coastal habitat and marine environmentsLast Updated on 2013-03-28 00:00:00
The Blue Community initiative has developed 12 strategies for coastal habitat and marine environment protection for the tourism industry. Three of the strategies focus on buildings, energy, and transportation. These strategies can go a long way in protecting coastal habitat and marine environments as well as reducing carbon emissions and mitigating impacts from climate change and ocean acidification.
According to the Rocky Mountain Institute Reinventing Fire initiative, buildings in the U.S. are energy hogs consuming 42% of the energy and 72% of the electricity.
In the Blue Community initiative, building design is key to saving energy, water, and reducing the risks of disaster. A paradigm shift in building for the tourist industry can be found in the Monolithic Dome construction process.
This process allows tourism resorts to reduce... More »
How Ocean Spray Reduced Its Transportation Emissions 20%Last Updated on 2013-02-12 00:00:00
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the trucking sector are significant. Heavy duty trucks account for one-fifth of the GHGs from the transportation sector and 80 percent of the GHGs associated with freight, according to the Transportation Research Board.
Ocean Spray, the leading producer of bottled juices and juice drinks, found a way to reduce its carbon emissions from transportation by 20 percent, plus transportation costs. The company achieved the reductions through two initiatives: a distribution network redesign and shifting to “road-rail intermodal” – a popular method for shifting transportation from trucks to trains. A case study published by MIT and sponsored by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) details the two initiatives and their environmental and economic benefits.
The first thing that Ocean Spray did to reduce emissions and transportation... More »
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