Sustainability

Our Commitment to a More Sustainable Planet

At Road Scholar, it's our mission to make the world your classroom. But because of climate change and overdevelopment, our global campus is under threat. From California to Kathmandu, the communities we live in and visit are feeling the impact of a changing planet. Road Scholar is committed to doing what we can to protect the environment, respect and preserve the diversity of human cultures, and create a more sustainable future for generations of lifelong learners to come.

 

 

Offsetting Some of the Carbon Created Through Travel

 

To counter the impact of travel to Road Scholar programs, we partner with Carbonfund.org to invest in projects that reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Carbonfund.org is a not-for-profit leader in the fight against climate change and helps organizations and individuals reduce their impact on the environment. Road Scholar's Carbonfund.org projects in 2022-2023 include:

• Rainforest preservation in Brazil
• Methane recapture in Florida
• Wind energy in India
• Reforestation in Kenya

 

 

 

Prioritizing Eco-Friendly Lodging & Locally Sourced Meals

 

Whenever we can, we prioritize sustainability certified hotels that use locally owned and operated services, and choose restaurants that serve locally sourced meals.

 

 

 

Respecting Local Communities & Their Histories

 

Protecting the planet also means caring for the communities that live and work in the areas we visit. That’s why our Group Leaders are trained and will share with you their knowledge about protecting sensitive cultural sites and respecting social norms, such as proper dress and rules around photography.

 

 

 

Our Newest Flagship Vessel, Powered by the Wind

 

The newest flagship in our fleet of Adventures Afloat vessels is the Golden Horizon, the largest square-rigged sailing vessel in the world. The ship uses sails as much as possible, which means a reduced need for fuel.

Visit www.roadscholar.org/horizon to learn more.

 

 

Promoting Animal Welfare

 

From the Everglades to the Serengeti, we follow the most stringent standards about protecting the animals and wildlife we are learning about.

 

 

 

Using Paper From Sustainably Harvested Trees

 

Our program catalogs are printed on paper from sustainably harvested trees.

 

 

Learning is the Journey

We know the path to a sustainable future is long and challenging, and we are committed to learn and improve along the way.

 

 

Road Scholars in Action

Learn how Road Scholars in Denali National Park are limiting their impact on the environment.

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Environmental Educational Adventures

Want to learn more about our changing planet? See our learning adventures that include elements of environmental sustainability.

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