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TCS World Travel Supports Sustainability and Community Building Through New Philanthropic Program

TCS Will Offset Carbon Emissions for All Trips Booked from 2019 Onward and Give Back to Destinations Around the World

SEATTLE, WA (August 14, 2019) — Award-winning luxury tour operator TCS World Travel today announces its new philanthropy strategy centered around two key pillars: sustainability and community building. The company’s main focus will be to offset its carbon footprint through a partnership with Sustainable Travel International and to make charitable contributions to the places it travels to most.

“At TCS World Travel, we make it a priority to leave a positive impact on the destinations we visit and enrich the lives of those who live there,” said TCS World Travel President Shelley Cline. “We’re committed to traveling responsibly and reducing our environmental footprint, as well as to ensuring we are helping the communities in these important destinations.”

Sustainability

To help with the carbon footprint that results from flying, TCS World Travel will offset carbon emissions for 2019 and all future trips. TCS has partnered with Sustainable Travel International,      a global non-profit organization with 15 years of experience developing successful carbon offset programs for the travel industry. Sustainable Travel International has calculated the carbon footprint of all TCS jet trips in 2019 and will purchase highly vetted carbon offsets equivalent to that amount.

The carbon offset contributions will support two carbon reduction projects in two of the destinations most frequented on TCS expeditions: Peru and Cambodia. In addition to mitigating climate change impacts, these projects enhance sustainability by protecting native ecosystems and benefiting local communities.

Madre de Dios Program: In Peru, TCS will contribute funds to this community-based project in the Peruvian Amazon that was created to protect approximately 740,000 acres of biodiverse and natural resource-rich primary rainforest. The project was also designed to safeguard the social and ecological heritage in the region through sustainable Brazil nut harvesting.

TCS’ 2019 contribution will support the protection of almost 600 acres of the project and offset 1,600 metric tons of CO2.

Water Filter Program: In Cambodia, TCS will support the Water Filter Program, which works to reduce carbon emissions by providing sustainable access to clean drinking water in rural households in Cambodia through the donation of ceramic water purifiers. This program reduces the depletion of natural resources by offering an alternative to decontamination through boiling, which uses firewood or charcoal as fuel and releases carbon into the atmosphere in the process.

The contributions from TCS will support the distribution of almost 16,000 ceramic water purifiers in addition to protecting 22 acres of forest, creating four jobs, and offsetting 3,547 metric tons of CO2.

Community Building

Through this pillar, TCS World Travel focuses on human connection among guests, employees and communities around the world. The company aims to improve the lives of people in the destinations it visits most through charitable contributions to the following organizations:

Ujenzi Charitable Trust: TCS has donated over $1.1 million to the Ujenzi Charitable Trust over the past 19 years, supporting accessible health solutions for the poor and vulnerable across more than 22 countries including Tanzania and India. Recognizing the impact that women have on the health of their families and communities, the organization invests in maternal and child projects that lead to healthier pregnancies, babies, and communities.

Contributions from TCS have supported the development of two important projects: an ultra-low-cost method to stop postpartum hemorrhaging and an ultra-low-cost breathing machine that supports newborns and children with breathing difficulties, both of which have saved countless lives and have the capacity to help millions more.

Gorilla Doctors: TCS also supports the work of The Gorilla Doctors, an organization in Rwanda dedicated to conserving wild mountain and eastern lowland gorillas through life-saving veterinary care in the wild. As the health of the gorillas is linked to that of the entire ecosystem, the Gorilla Doctors not only care for the gorillas in the field, but further protect them by supporting health programs for people living and working in and around gorilla habitat.

TCS’ donations enable regular visits by their veterinary staff to local schools to educate primary and secondary school students on conservation, hygiene and health. They also support regular training for park staff and members of park-related cooperatives on the importance and practice of good hygiene.

Currency Donations: On all trips, TCS provides guests with local currency at each destination for convenience when purchasing local souvenirs. Upon departure, they collect all leftover money to donate to carefully-vetted community projects in the area.

Annual Employee Volunteer Days

To ensure its employees feel a sense of connection and have the opportunity to give back, TCS World Travel sponsors two employee volunteer days per year where staff have the opportunity to work on projects that impact the immediate Seattle area. One day has a focus on community building and the other has a focus on sustainability, echoing TCS’ two key pillars.

For more information on TCS World Travel’s philanthropy strategy and partnership with Sustainable Travel International, please visit https://www.tcsworldtravel.com/about/philanthropy.

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About TCS World Travel

TCS World Travel leads the industry in private jet journeys with the experience and knowledge built from developing hundreds of trips for 25 years. The company excels at providing unparalleled local access and exclusive activities tailored to any travel style. Circle the globe or take a dive deep into a region on a luxury private jet expedition or embark on a luxury custom journey created especially for you to any destination in the world. For more information, visit www.tcsworldtravel.com or find TCS World Travel on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Sustainable Travel International

Sustainable Travel International is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and conserving our planet’s most vulnerable destinations. We are transforming tourism’s impact on nature and people by working alongside local communities, engaging travelers and businesses in responsible practices, and strengthening destination management. Through our work, we aim to safeguard nature, combat climate change, and empower communities to preserve the integrity of destinations around the globe. For more information, visit www.sustainabletravel.org or contact Kaitlyn Brajcich at [email protected]

 

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Southern Explorations Launches Carbon Offset Program for Travelers

SEATTLE, WASouthern Explorations, specializing in custom small-group trips and itineraries to Latin America, introduces a new carbon offsetting option for guests, delivered in partnership with Sustainable Travel International.  

Protecting the environment is central to Southern Explorations’ approach to adventure travel. They want to connect people and places while also contributing to the long-term health of the planet and protecting the beautiful places they visit. Knowing that tourism is a significant contributor to climate change means action must be taken. Their team of Latin America travel experts provide guests every opportunity to ensure their travel experience is as sustainable as possible.

In partnership with Sustainable Travel International – a non-profit conservation and development organization with over 10 years of experience in carbon offsetting – Southern Explorations is providing guests with the option to offset the carbon produced on their adventure, from both in-country activities and international flights.

“We value our team’s ability to create exceptional travel experiences while delivering a positive impact for the destination,” says Justin Laycob, Founder & CEO, Southern Explorations. “We have always supported leading sustainability organizations in the destinations we explore and we are excited about this newest partnership with Sustainable Travel International, helping us to further our comprehensive approach to sustainability with a forward-looking carbon offset program.”

Proceeds from Southern Explorations’ carbon offsetting initiative will support rotating projects throughout Latin America beginning with the Asorpar Reforestation Project in Colombia.

This project is a community-based emission reduction project that focuses on the restoration of degraded areas and reforestation in the Orinoquia and Andean regions of the country. Twenty native tree species have already been planted in the 3,128-acre pilot area, leading to the return of 117 secondary plant species and a multitude of animals. The project also provides benefits to local communities, including alternative livelihood creation and positive health impacts. For more details on this project, visit our website: https://www.southernexplorations.com/southern-explorations-carbon-offsetting.

Southern Explorations’ expert team will assist adventuresome travelers in offsetting their travel carbon footprint as they create and customize their next Latin America travel experience.

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Jacada Travel will offset the carbon emissions from all trips booked from May 2017 forward, including international flights booked independently

Jacada Travel is excited to announce that they will be offsetting 100% of the carbon footprint of all trips booked from May 2017 forward. This even includes international flights travellers book for themselves. International flights are the biggest contributor to the travel industry’s carbon emissions, and as such, we are proud to be the one of the first travel companies – and the only one of our size – to automatically offset the impact of these flights. Jacada Travel is donating a part of the profits from their trips to compensate for the carbon footprint of each trip on the behalf of its customers.

To achieve this, Jacada Travel has partnered with Sustainable Travel International – a global non-profit organisation with over 10 years’ experience developing successful Carbon Offset programs for tour operators and other travel and tourism industry leaders – to calculate the carbon footprint of trips and select a portfolio of high impact carbon offset projects. The portfolio selected includes community-based Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) projects in Brazil and Tanzania, and a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) zero energy water filter production and dissemination project in Cambodia. Jacada Travel’s investment in these projects will not only work towards mitigating carbon emissions, but will also provide community benefits in their respective surrounding areas, such as local livelihood creation and education and health services.

Jacada Travel’s founder, Alex Malcolm, says: “Jacada Travel is committed to being a leader in sustainable and responsible travel. With 2017 being the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development it’s now more important than ever to put these initiatives at the forefront of not only the industry but also travellers’ minds. Offsetting our carbon impact is just one of a number of ways in which we are committed to making travel uplifting for everyone, and this initiative is just the beginning for us.”

About Jacada Travel

Jacada Travel is a luxury, award-winning travel company specialising in creating bespoke, inspirational journeys to Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australasia and the polar regions. Founded in 2008 by Alex Malcolm, Jacada Travel offers unique and inspired itineraries for travellers seeking a truly personal travel experience with attentive service from start to finish – from quaint vineyard hotel stays in Mendoza and Amazon tribe encounters in Peru to archaeologist-guided private tours of the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana.

Developing strong, lasting relationships with their local partners, Jacada Travel works to promote a sustainable and long-term boost to the economy of their destinations. For every trip they sell, they donate to a regional charity, the ultimate aim of which is to make travel uplifting for everyone.

About Sustainable Travel International

Sustainable Travel International is a non-profit organisation working to improve the lives of people around the world and the environments they rely upon. By leveraging the power of travel and tourism and providing business and government leaders with the guidance, policies and solutions they need, we aim to ensure that the communities they’re engaged in thrive and their environments are healthy for future generations. For more information, visit www.sustainabletravel.org or contact us at+1 917.677.5731.

Media Contacts:

Leila Al-Qattan, Jacada Travel: [email protected]; Jacadatravel.com

Kaitlyn Brajcich, Sustainable Travel International: [email protected]

 

 

For Earth Month United Airlines is Supporting the Restoration of the Mississippi River Valley through Carbon Offsets

The rich, alluvial soils of the Mississippi River Valley have made it the country’s most fertile agricultural region. While the valley was covered in 25 million acres of forestland until World War II — providing a habitat for cougars, black bear, bison, red fox and of course, waterfowl — industrial farming has led to widespread deforestation and today the forestland has dwindled to just five million acres.

Through Sustainable Travel International Partnership United Airlines Eco-Skies Passengers Fly Carbon Neutral During Earth Month

CHICAGO, April 14, 2015 — In honor of Earth Month, United Airlines customers traveling aboard the company’s signature Eco-Skies aircraft in April will be flying carbon neutral. Through United’s Eco-Skies CarbonChoice program, the airline is obtaining carbon offsets for all passengers and crew on every flight of the specially painted 737-900ER – aircraft #432. The Eco-Skies aircraft is also retrofitted with fuel-efficient Split Scimitar winglets, which reduce fuel consumption by up to an additional two percent over traditional winglets. Carbon offsets alleviate the impact of greenhouse gas emissions by reducing emissions from other sources.

United’s Eco-Skies 737-900ER aircraft. To download a high-res image, click here.

In collaboration with Sustainable Travel International, a non-profit organization and long-time United partner, the CarbonChoice offsets from the airline’s Eco-Skies plane are third-party verified to internationally recognized standards and will support GreenTrees’ Advanced Carbon Restored Ecosystem (ACRE) project along the Mississippi River Valley. To date, GreenTrees and its landowners have planted over 36 million trees on nearly 100,000 acres along the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. United’s support will allow GreenTrees to accelerate its success in emission reductions from 2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide to entirely new levels of conservation impact.

“Our Eco-Skies plane represents United’s strong commitment to the environment, and we’re proud of the work we do to be an environmentally responsible airline and reduce our emissions, not just in the month of April, but all year around,” said the airline’s Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Angela Foster-Rice.

Customers can purchase CarbonChoice offsets for travel when checking in at united.com or any time before or after a flight, and MileagePlus members can also utilize miles to purchase offsets, both by visiting united.com/carbonchoice. In addition, United’s corporate sales and cargo customers now have the ability to purchase a complete carbon-neutral travel option for all flights on United. For more information on this enterprise-level solution, please visit united.com/carbonchoice.

Along with its robust carbon-offset program, United has further demonstrated leadership in environmental sustainability by establishing several ambitious initiatives and programs. United’s recent achievements include:

  • United is a leader in the advancement and use of sustainable aviation biofuel, making history in commercial aviation with its partnership with AltAir Fuels to bring commercial-scale, cost-competitive renewable jet fuel to its Los Angeles hub this year and was awarded in 2015 by the World Bio Markets for Excellence in Advanced Biofuels for this program.
  • The company in early 2014 became the first airline in the world to fly with the split scimitar winglet technology that cuts fuel consumption by up to an additional 2 percent over the airline’s existing fuel-saving winglet technology.
  • The company in 2014 reduced CO2 emissions by more than 1 million metric tons and reduced fuel consumption by more than 110 million gallons through fuel efficiency, equal to removing more than 225,000 cars from the road.
  • The airline increased orders for new Boeing and Airbus aircraft that are 15 to 20 percent more fuel efficient than those they will replace, and now has more than 260 of these new, fuel-efficient aircraft on order.
  • United Eco-Skies continues to partner and provide sustainable travel options to our customers, most recently with the introduction of Eco-Skies Vacation packages available on unitedvacations.com.
  • United Eco-Skies is partnering with Smithsonian.com to encourage and recognize sustainable travelers who demonstrate leadership and an active commitment to travel for environmentally responsible purposes, generating positive social, economic, or environmental outcomes in the local communities visited. Photographers can submit their pictures in the Sustainable Travel category, made possible through the support of United Eco-Skies, by visitinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/tags/sustainable-travel/?no-ist.
  • The company’s Eco-Skies Community Grants program encourages United employees who volunteer their time and efforts to environmental organizations in their communities. To date, United has awarded nearly $100,000 to environmental organizations.
SOURCE United Airlines