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Irene Lane
Irene is the founder of Greenloons, which is a premier online resource dedicated to inspiring people to think different, be different and travel different – in ways that help to ensure a more sustainable planet. An advocate of social empowerment, financial viability and environmental preservation, Greenloons is the only company that connects mindful travelers with unique, meaningful and eco-certified travel experiences all over the world. Drawing upon her professional and personal experiences to address authentic ecotourism from community, ecological and financial points of view, Irene is a frequent conference speaker, blogger and radio talk show guest.

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Entries by Irene Lane

Fresh Perspective On Sustainable Travel Yields Inspiring Results for Indigenous Women

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 1:01 PM


Given the persistent global issues of climate change and marginalization of the poor, it's no wonder that the notion of vacations that actually benefit women (like Luisa Quispe shown above) is met with slight skepticism. After all, we experience vacations so...

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Sustainable Tourism Empowering Children in India to Break Cycle of Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:41 PM


According to a UNESCO report, in India 90% of children from poorer households remain illiterate after completing four years of school, mostly caused by absenteeism. Another report, by US News & World Report states that only 33% of Indian teens finish high school....

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Calculating the Triple Bottom Line Financial Benefits of Green Tourism Investments

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 6:17 PM

Within the tourism industry as well as many others, the phrase "green is good for business" has been a ubiquitous one, especially in the last decade. But, other than anecdotal information, there has not been the hard data behind the message to prove that investment in sustainable operations actually yields...

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How Women Can 'Lean In' to Solve the World's Social, Economic and Environmental Disparities

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 2:52 PM

Amongst all the chatting and analysis over the last couple of months about Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, what struck me the most was that the predominant dialog referred to the challenges and obstacles women face when endeavoring to make their mark in...

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A New Beginning: 50 Shades Of Green Travel

(7) Comments | Posted January 6, 2013 | 9:00 AM

While many journalists, philosophers, scientists and lay people debated the significance of the Mayan calendar finishing last December 21, one fact that was consistently overlooked was that the Mayans celebrated the end of their calendar as it was regarded as a new beginning.

For example, the last time the Mayan...

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The Dawning Of A New Age In Family Travel (PHOTOS)

(6) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 7:00 AM

In between sports practices and games, music lessons, volunteer work, and of course heaps of school projects and homework, families are pressured preparing children for college.

As a result, an emerging family travel trend is blending vacation time into a child's school curricula for history, literature, geography and science. The...

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