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It's enough to make my head spin with anticipation! Today, more than half the world's population lives in cities and they are projected to add 274,000 people every day for the next 30 years.

According to organizations like the Earth Day Network (which is making Green Cities its Earth Day theme for 2014) and World Resources Institute (labeling Green Cities as one of the stories to watch for 2014), the real opportunity may be for cities to improve energy efficiency, invest in renewable energy, and implement green building practices.  In effect, large urban populations could serve as the perfect proving ground for technologies that dramatically increase air and water quality as well as expand green schools, public transport options, farmer's markets, and green spaces – perhaps even increasing the development of green vacation packages.

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    I would love to go to Iceland, not for the green though, I want the white!

This month, there's a flurry of green living festivals in Washington DC that highlight options for energy efficiency, renewable energy, zero-waste and gardening as well as local bike tours and sustainable travel. With lots of exhibitors, panel discussions and fun for the kids, these festivals make green living downright stylish!

Tourism is the largest industry in the world and, as such, has the power to (positively or negatively) change lives and impact communities. Along with that, Greenloons has consistently advocated the values of authentic ecotourism, namely, sustainable or responsible tourism activities that uphold community:

Think you can’t afford to live a much more sustainable lifestyle? That's a popular misconception - as the demand of environmentally-friendly products has grown over the years, consumers have been conditioned to believe that green goods or eco products equate to more expensive merchandise. While this is not the case with most eco-vacations, as we pointed out last year in this Blog, this infographic alerts consumers to the fact that a lot of “green” choices cost little or nothing…and when you add them all together, you may actually be saving money.

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    Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is

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Patagonia is one of the world's greatest natural treasures—admired for both its ecological significance and its extraordinary beauty. However, in the last 100 years, forest fires and human intervention have destroyed more than 7.5 million acres of pristine wilderness.

One of the region's worst fires occurred in December 2011, destroying 42,500 acres in Torres del Paine National Park. This tragedy inspired Reforest Patagonia, the largest native-species reforestation campaign in Chile's history.

This article was originally posted in Business Insider and was so telling and accurate, I thought it would be useful to re-post here.

How often do you check your LinkedIn and Facebook accounts when you travel? Perhaps you like to stay connected or maybe you prefer to unplug completely. Either way, your social media and tech habits say something about what type of traveler you are. Expedia has analyzed people's travel habits based on 40,000 trips booked through their site. Based on that information, they've created an infographic that shows how tech and social media habits affect travel.

Stanley Selengut, dubbed as the father of sustainable resort development, opened Day 2 of the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) with an inspiring speech about how eco-lodge developers can bring properties into ecological balance within a surrounding area.

The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) 2011 commenced on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina this morning bringing participants together from 21 countries around the world.

This past week, the National Geographic Society played master of ceremonies for the premiere of Dereck and Beverly Joubert's "The Last Lions". The extraordinarily powerful documentary film by the award-winning couple focused on the plight of one lioness, Ma di Tau, and her determination to keep her three cubs safe and thriving despite numerous obstacles.

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    I loved the film, so beautiful and well done! I was surprised by how deeply engrossed I became in the plot, those baby lion cubs w

With over 900 million people traveling annually, tourism is the world's largest service sector industry and ecotourism is its fastest growing sector. In order to protect the surroundings upon which it depends, Greenloons, a family-focused eco travel website, has teamed up with the Rainforest Alliance to work towards improving environmental and social standards, as well as protecting wildlife habitats and workers alike.

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    I'm so excited that two such amazing organizations have partnered up, it bodes very well for positive future growth in the eco-tou

This weekend (October 23-24), the Washington Convention Center will host one of the nation’s premier sustainable living events.  In addition to information about green career, media, product, food, energy, investment, transportation, fashion, and construction industries, the festival will also be feature ecotravel speakers and exhibitors. 

The ESTC 2010 conference concluded in Portland with the mantra of innovation and inspiration. Specifically, the morning sessions focused on innovation with participants having the option to attend a field session that emphasized green signature buildings or a voluntourism project at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. For those participants who opted to attend panel discussions, novel concepts including the precise use of social media for ecotourism marketing, the rise in carbon offsetting awareness, and the engagement of communities and travelers to lead sustainable tourism efforts were discussed.

The ESTC 2010 conference continued in Portland with participants first being given a choice to attend either a field session on green signature buildings such as the Gold Level LEED certified Ecotrust Building or a voluntourism project through the Portland Parks and Recreation Community Gardening program. Those who could not join the field sessions attended a revealing workshop on the current state of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC), which discussed both the progress and challenges in engaging tourism businesses to incorporate corporate social responsibility into their day-to-day business operations. Solutions ranging from consumer education to business owner training to transparency were offered.

With a Lead. Sustain. Engage. call to action, the ESTC 2010 conference officially opened today in Portland, Oregon. This year marks the 20th anniversary for the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) which organized the conference that traditionally brings together conservationists, community leaders, sustainable travel operators, government tourism managers, and students in order to discuss the challenges and opportunities that are available in the travel and tourism industry.

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On September 1, the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) announced the two winners of the 2010 Innovation Award for leadership in sustainable tourism and community conservation. Each year, TIES recognizes individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership in spearheading a specific project.

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