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Exceptionally Green in Flint Hills
Sustainability at Monona Terrace
Green Travel Tips
Before you leave home:
- Appliances, such as TVs and cable converter boxes, should be unplugged
as they can draw or leak as much as 40 watts per hour even when they are off.
- Stop your newspaper. You may be able to donate it to a school
- Adjust your AC/heat to ‘vacation’ or lowest setting.
- If you’re looking to minimize the carbon footprint of your flight consider the following:
if every passenger on a flight in the next year packed one pound less of luggage,
we would save enough fuel to fly a 737 around the world 474 times! So pack light, if you can.
- Try to avoid a layover and choose a greener airline if you are able.
- Take advantage of electronic check-in at the airport and hotels.
- Use public transportation when available
- Use the hotel van or share taxis.
- Bring and re-use a water bottle and or a coffee container.
- Take part in the linen and towel re-use program. If all participants staying more than one
night did this we’d conserve over 11,000 gallons of water.
- Try to reduce the amount of water used for bathing or showering
- When you leave your hotel room, turn off the AC/heat, lights, TV and radio. Close the drapes
- If the hotel offers a daily paper when you check-in, pass on it unless your intend to read it.
If you do get the paper, pass it on to someone else or recycle it.
- Participate in any recycling programs that the hotel offers
- Bring your own amenities from home and leave any bottles of unopened amenities in your room.
- Keep bar soap wrappers and take used bars of soap home.
- Check out of the hotel via the hotel’s electronic program available on the TV in some hotels.
You can review the bill, approve and help reduce paperwork.
- Reduce fast food waste whenever possible
- Avoid Styrofoam, carry your own water bottle or coffee container.
- When offered individual packages of condiments, take only what you will use.
- Try to avoid room service and carryout.
- Pack a few plastic bags, they come in handy for saving half-eaten treats,
used hotel bar soaps and many other uses.
- Take only the brochures or maps as necessary. Return others to the stand.
- Don’t buy endangered species products.
- Leave only footprints. Take everything that you brought with you.