“Greening” businesses have been a popular topic for many years, and a recent conversation on the DestinationClubForums led us to compile some of those suggestions into an article on destination clubs and the environment.

Visit The Veras Group website and you see Vclubshop two short words at the bottom of every page: “Wind Powered.” Much like many of our destination club partners, The Veras Group strives to limit our impact on the environment and designed and power our website using local wind power.

Quintess, Leading Residences of the World absorbs the costs of the energy consumption for each of their properties, factoring in a plethora of factors.

Electricity consumed on Vclubshop a month to month basis for each home

Square footage of common areas
Total number of rooms
Average occupancy rates
Estimated total number of guests per year

Abercrombie & Kent planted a tree for every client that traveled in 2007, totaling over 30,000 new trees. Select Abercrombie & Kent journeys even allow clients to personally help save the Earth while they travel. We are eagerly looking forward to learning more about how the new Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club will continue and further these initiatives in the future.

With the help of our friends at DestinationClubForums, we have created a short list of ways destination clubs can help the environment.

Provide An Easy Way To Recycle While Traveling

The easiest and one of the most effective Vclubshop tools available to destination clubs and their members, providing recycling bins in each home can vastly reduce the amount of waste produced during a member’s trip. High Country Club has already begun offering this service to their members.

Use Lower Wattage Bulbs/Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

If every American home replaced one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified bulb, enough energy would be saved to light more than 3,000,000 homes for a year and prevent the greenhouse gases equivalent to 800,000 cars. For the destination club finance departments, each bulb saves an average of approximately $30 over its lifetime. The average home has approximately 45 light bulbs each. Now with over 750 total homes, the industry could save over $1,000,000 for this simple, environmentally friendly fix.