Travel Green

Did you know that you can “travel green” and save money at the same time? As you are planning your trip to Starved Rock State Park, you might want to use some of the following tips to reduce your carbon travel costs, saving money, too!

Before You Leave

  • Plan your route to minimize carbon emissions, for example travel by train and public transport where possible.  Carpool in fewer vehicles.
  • Keep your vehicle’s engine tuned and your tires properly inflated to get the best gas mileage and reduce the chances of expensive repair fees.
  • If you are selecting a tour company, ask how they minimize environmental impacts and contribute to the local economy in order to support the greenest business practices.
  • To save money while you are gone, adjust your air conditioner and/or heat to the lowest possible setting to still protect pets, plants, etc.
  • To save even more money, turn your hot water heater to “Vacation” or the lowest setting, or just turn off the breaker. This may save significant costs, even if only over a 3-day weekend!
  • Appliances, such as televisions and computers, can be unplugged because they can draw or “leak” as much as 40 watts per hour even when they are turned off, costing you money even when you are not there.
  • Put your newspaper delivery on hold and ask if the company will prorate your bill so that you don’t pay for newspapers you don’t receive.
  • Purchase electronic tickets for airline travel to reduce waste and cost. If paper tickets are lost, they may cost $75-100 to have replaced.

During Your Travels

  • If possible, walk whenever you can to save money, enjoy the landscape, and get some exercise after long periods of sitting while traveling. Our guided hikes are a great way to get some exercise and to learn about the Park
  • For your health, you should drink plenty of water. Carry a reusable water bottle with you, and refill as needed.
  • A well packed picnic is not only healthy and more cost effective than eating out, it will reduce fast food waste going into landfills.
  • If you are a coffee drinker, many cafes and diners will fill a reusable cup that you bring with you. Some might even give you a small discount! This allows you to get your coffee and head out to enjoy the canyon, while still keeping your drink piping hot.
  • Water is a limited resource. Reduce the amount of water you use for bathing or showering. At hotels, let management know that it’s not necessary to change your sheets and towels every day. This reduces water and electricity use and saves everyone money!
  • Don’t forget the good habits you already have at home. When you leave your hotel room, turn off the air conditioner/heat, lights, television, and radio.
  • Participate in recycling programs by placing recyclables in appropriate bins.
  • Please do not litter!  If you bring it in, please carry it out.
  • Use electronic maps and brochures. Printing not only wastes valuable natural resources but it also costs tax money that could be used for conservation.

Every person can make a difference!