William and Mary

Green Travel

There are many things you can do be ecologically responsible while abroad, and reduce the impact you leave on the places you visit.

While Living Abroad
  • Keep your showers very short
  • Minimize your use of electricity
  • Turn off air conditioning, heat, television, and lights when leaving your room
  • Reuse your sheets and towels several times before washing
  • Carry a reusable water bottle
  • Bring cloth shopping bags to the grocery store. (In many countries, plastic shopping bags are banned because of their environmental footprint!)
  • Buy from local farmers and markets
  • Use a digital camera instead of a disposable one
  • Exercise caution when buying items made from plants or animals. In some countries, souvenirs are made from endangered species (i.e. shells, ivory, animal skins, feathers, bushmeat)
  • Use public transportation. Consider buying a train/rail pass. Many countries have excellent train and subway systems that make traveling inexpensive and convenient
Traveling While Abroad
  • Turn your water heater to the lowest setting
  • Turn off your water from the outside
  • Unplug all electronics and appliances
  • Turn off the icemaker
  • Reuse your sheets and towels at hostels and hotels (or notify room service that they don't need to be changed)