The idea is to travel with the intent of being mindful of your environment during your stay in any city, said Sousie Tsotskos, manager of media relations, Tourism Toronto.
said becoming greener and extending that into tourism is something that's ongoing for Tourism Toronto.
This is because as people become more mindful of their impact while travelling, they're continually finding more ways to meet the demand.
"There's clearly a more aware traveller, people from many destinations who are more conscious of the impact they leave," she
said."It's becoming more popular and people inquiring about Toronto are specifically asking about green initiatives."
This year Tourism Toronto launched a detailed eco-travel page with information that's up to date and easy to navigate that shows how to make a stay in Toronto as green as possible.Choosing a place to stay is the first step. Tsotskos
said each hotel has different initiatives that can include everything from recycling and composting to energy-efficient practices and appliances, and using soaps and shampoos from local vendors.
For example, she
said the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto is one of the leaders in green initiatives.They adhere to maximum waste diversion, energy-efficient appliances and even use herbs from their rooftop garden.
"It's about making sure you're travelling has a very small footprint on the environment, so choose an accommodation that's green friendly and has green procedures," she
Probably the easiest way to be green is by choosing to get around the city by walking or public transit. Tsotskos
said Toronto is a walkable city and it's also easy to get around through the underground pathways in the downtown core.
Several parks lie within the city where you can picnic, lounge or even enjoy theatre in the park, Tsotskos
said the great thing about Toronto is it's already a green city so most people will have a green experience.
"More and more I think people who may not have green travel in mind, after they've come to Toronto, it's actually brought to their consciousness and they're made aware that Toronto is a green city ... so we may be converting people as much as we may be converting ourselves," she
Visit www.torontotourism.com/Inspiration/EcoTravelHome.htm for Tourism Toronto's eco-page.