Special events with the International Eco Tourism Society

From: donna
Sent on: Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:50 AM
There are two events here that I think eveyone might be interested in.
Here are the links but the information is below as well.
Donna
http://www.ecotourismgala.org/2008-gala/ties-first-annual-eco-tour/
http://www.ecotourismgala.org/2008-gala/public-forum/

TIES First Annual DC Eco-Tour: April 30th 2008
DC Eco-Tour: Your travel choice makes a difference

UPDATE: See the DC Eco-Tour Itinerary

TIES is offering another opportunity to relax and enjoy the Capital. Check out the greener side of Washington, DC and join TIES for a visit to a variety of local sustainable and eco-friendly sites!

What: The 2008 TIES Eco-Tour.
When: 9:30 am- 4:30pm, April 30th, 2008.
Why: Support Communities, Conservation and Sustainable Travel ? Enjoy an unforgettable day focusing on green initiatives in the DC area .


The DC Eco-Tour will showcase a number of green sites and educational opportunities available in our own community and will highlight the following key elements of the principles of ecotourism and sustainable travel:

Sustainable transportation: The DC Eco-Tour will utilize a green-energy coach transporting us around town, and provide information on sustainable transportation options, locally and globally.

Interpretation: You will be immersed in the sights of sustainable Washington, made more enjoyable and educational by knowledgeable guides throughout.
Indigenous perspectives: An outdoor tour at the National Museum of the American Indian will showcase the special features of the hardwood forest, wetlands, meadowlands, and traditional croplands that surround the museum. More than 36,000 trees, shrubs, and other plants belonging to 150 species make this surrounding landscape an amazing natural area in a completely urban setting.
Sustainable foods: Lunch will feature organic and locally produced food and beverages, which you may eat while exploring the US Botanic Gardens

Green building and technology: The tour will include a visit to one of the Green Building Council?s highest rated buildings in the city, featuring eco-friendly technologies, energy conservation strategies and sustainability practices.
Corporate social responsibility: Recognizing the significance of the private sector involvement in sustainable community development, the tour will highlight partnerships with local businesses with strong environmental and social profiles.
The tour participants will enjoy fair-trade coffee donated by Caribou Coffee, winner of the Rainforest Alliance?s Corporate Green Globe Award, and Honest Tea, the refreshing organic local favorite.

River Experiences: The Anacostia Watershed Society will provide an interpreted boat ride on this historic, urban river. A National Park Ranger will ride with us through Rock Creek Park, largest urban park in the US
The US Capital, our national legislative branch: The Office of the Architect will inform us about conservation initiatives taking place inside and outside the building. We will stroll the grounds

Through an educational, as well as enjoyable, tour of green experiences in the Washington DC area, the DC Eco-Tour will encourage local community members to be responsible travelers and active conservationists all the time ? even if they are not flying across the globe on holidays. The DC Eco-Tour will provide the participants with cutting-edge advice on green practices implemented in their own backyards, and practical how-to tips on small every-day changes they can make to reduce their environmental footprints. By raising awareness of environmental issues that directly impact the daily lives of local residents, the DC Eco-Tour will empower community members to become more conscious consumers and travelers, and help build strong citizen support for local sustainable business and community initiatives.

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FREE PUBLIC EVENING FOURM
Indigenous Business Leaders in Ecotourism

6:00 -7:30pm Wednesday, April 30th 2008 rsvp now

Join us for a free public forum focusing on the role of Indigenous Business Leaders in Ecotourism. The TIES forum will offer dynamic perspectives on conservation and cultural issues by a panel discussion featuring Indigenous business leaders and ecotourism experts.

Discussions will focus on the critical role that Indigenous peoples a round the world play as environmental stewards and sustainable business owners and operators. Continue the innovative full day experience by incorporating local experience with global knowledge!

The forum, as part of TIES? ongoing annual public speaker series, will be held at the House of Sweden, in Georgetown, Washington DC, in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden and the Ecotourism Society of Sweden.

All the participants will be provided complimentary one-year TIES Traveler-level membership to encourage support for ecotourism and action to sustainable change and conservation.

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