Green - Gold Certified
I’ve worked closely with Adventure Green Alaska to meet specific standards of economic, environmental, and social sustainability.
Sustainable tourism is important to all of us. I’m proud that Expeditions Alaska has once again re-certified at the highest levels (Gold Level) for environmental ethic and sustainable business with Adventure Green Alaska and today continues to stand among the leaders in the Alaska tourism industry.
Extractive Resource Development
On a larger scale we’re an ardent opponent of unmitigated extractive resource development.
Expeditions Alaska has tirelessly engaged issues like the ongoing efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, and the excruciatingly reckless plans for the open-pit Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay.
Think globally, act locally and tread lightly is not just a catchphrase.
Proudly sponsor Patagonia’s Common Threads Initiative: Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Recycle.
Consumption matters. Even the consumption of all our cool, shiny outdoor gear matters. And how we manage it matters. Reduce consumption. Repair and Reuse damaged equipment. Recycle the non-repairable.
I’ve also recently started offering a system to help offset our carbon footprint, through donations to Native Energy, a program designed to help finance the construction of wind, biogas, solar, and other carbon reducing projects with strong social and environmental benefits.
Native Energy provides essential funding to over 50 community-based initiatives—our customers have brought renewable energy to schools, methane digesters to family farms, and even helped build the first large scale Native American-owned wind turbine in the U.S.
In consideration of the carbon emissions and environmental impact that come with your Alaska Expedition, I urge you to support the renewable energy projects and help offset the impact of our travel. Renewable Energy is becoming an ever increasing part of local Alaska village life.
Consider donating to the Native Energy project, and use their travel calculator to help figure the value of your own carbon footprint. You can also find a travel calculator at www.epa.gov and Green Mountain Energy.
We make every effort to be good andof the wilderness through which we trek.
I’m a longtime supporter of the Leave No Trace Wilderness Ethics. LNT guidelines are closely adhered to at all times, ensuring that those who follow are also able to witness the region’s pristine beauty.
We camp with caution and tread with care.
Carl Donohue and Expeditions Alaska is also a member of ATIA, the Alaska Travel Industry Association, the “the leading industry organization promoting Alaska as a top visitor destination“ and “respected voice of the industry for the growth of the industry, while remaining attentive to care for the environment, recognition of cultures and Alaska’s unique quality of life“.
Expeditions Alaska is also a member of the International Ecotourism Society, the Sustainable Travel International organization, a global leader in sustainable tourism development. STI is dedicated to taking a holistic approach to addressing sustainable development within the travel and tourism industries by providing solutions-oriented programs that generate tangible results and affect long-lasting change.