Green Your Labor Day Weekend

August 27, 2008 · Print This Article

Labor Day Weekend, the last official hurrah of the summer season is finally upon us and Green Parents across the U.S. are gearing up for one final fling before the school year begins in earnest. Cooler weather, lower gas prices, and school-wary kids combine to produce Labor Day weekend a truly great instance to hang with the family. And whether you’re planning to stay home or hit the road, it’s easy to prepare your trip a little greener. Here’s how:

Labor Day Staycations: Staying home? That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Invite the neighbors by for a 100-mile pot luck or an eco-friendly barbecue. Pitch a tent in the backyard for a weekend campout or hit your local entertainment scene with a trip to a children’s museum, park, art show, or concert. If you need more ideas, check out The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Backyard Adventures for all kinds of cool stay-at-home ideas…everything from ice cream socials to insect safaris.

Weekend Getaways:

Now that gas prices have finally turned a corner (for now) you may be considering getting out of dodge for the weekend. Check out these tips to reduce the impact of your Labor Day Weekend travels. Travel by train to your destination and you’ll knock a huge chunk off of your carbon footprint. If that’s not feasible (a expanded train can go poor quickly when little kids are in tow), give your car a gas saving tune-up to maximize your fuel economy.

If you need a hotel, compare prices for your favorite eco-savvy digs with hotelscombined.com. They’ll not only find you the best price on your room, but they additionally partner with CarbonFund.org to offset their services. And speaking of offsets, you may want to ease any remaining eco-guilt you feel from your travels by offsetting your whole trip with carbon credits from CarbonFund, TerraPass, or Green-e.

Have A Great Green Labor Day Weekend!

[Source] Jenn

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