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  • Adventure Green Alaska
    sensitive to Alaska s Native cultures and are good community citizens Are you an eco tourism business operating in Alaska Adventure Green Alaska AGA was created to help you AGA is the only certification program for tourism businesses operating in Alaska that meets rigorous specific standards of economic environmental and social sustainability AGA encourages all tourism related businesses to evaluate their operations and determine whether they use or could be using best management and sustainability practices Qualifying businesses benefit from certification and marketing which includes the right to use the AGA logo and participation in AGA promotional activities The businesses certified by AGA are leaders in the tourism industry They are progressive companies that believe that outstanding Alaska experiences can also be sustainable and of benefit to visitors and hosts alike To learn more about these sustainable tourism businesses or the certification process Find Green Businesses Learn about AGA Certification Send a Comment or Question Latest News Adventure Green Alaska Announces First Certification Recipients for 2016 Adventure Green Alaska AGA the only sustainable tourism certification program for tourism businesses operating in Alaska announces its first certification recipients for 2016 The businesses Read More Business Spotlight About Us Adventure Green Alaska

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  • Adventure Green Alaska » AGA Certified Businesses
    one of Alaska s oldest and most respected eco tour operators Dean Rand captain and owner of Discovery Voyages offers week long natural history hiking photography kayaking and outdoor education tours in the fjords and wilderness waters of Prince William Sound During the past 15 years Dean and his staff have become increasingly concerned about the melting of glacial ice the introduction of never before seen pathogens in shellfish and the loss of critical wildlife habitat all due to global warming At the same time they recognize that wilderness cruises by their very nature require the consumption of some fossil fuel and the addition of greenhouses gases into the atmosphere As a result Discovery Voyages has looked at its own actions and sought to take responsibility by being as energy efficient as possible In addition it has partnered with Native Energy to offset its carbon use and to give passengers the opportunity to contribute to the carbon offset program and promote energy independence and clean emissions Expeditions Alaska formerly Alaska Alpine Treks Expeditions Alaska offers a diversity of wilderness and adventure trips in all corners of wild Alaska specializing in small groups and custom trips grizzly and polar bear photo tours backpacking and sea kayaking rafting trips hiking camping and landscape photography trips With more than 15 years in the field guiding and leading an array of trips both in Alaska and internationally owner and guide Carl Donohue works closely with various local small businesses including employing Native Alaskans and local residents as possible Paying attention to detail Expeditions Alaska follow critical Leave No trace backcountry travel practices and employ environmentally sound sustainable ecotourism and adventure travel programs Expeditions Alaska donates a percentage of all profits to various Alaska conservation and social charities as well as organizations working at the international level Expeditions Alaska are involved with Patagonia s Common Threads Initiative as well as contribute to national conservation efforts in opposing oil development of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the proposed open pit Pebble Mine scheme near Bristol Bay Carl asserts We make every effort to be good and caring stewards of the wilderness through which we trek Carl also makes a concerted effort to educate and inform Expeditions Alaska guests on the vital need for healthy natural environment and strong sustainable business models Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks is the NPS concession in Glacier Bay National Park offering guided or unguided day kayak adventures kayak rentals and outfitting A small locally owned business located in Gustavus they have been helping experienced independent campers plan their multi day kayak adventures in Glacier Bay since 1978 GBSK has a long history of working closely with NPS to educate campers about Leave No Trace LNT principles and wildlife protection regulations They collaborated with NPS to develop the original backcountry orientation for Glacier Bay campers which outlined guidelines for low impact camping techniques many specifically tailored to the unique environment of Glacier Bay They continue to educate kayakers develop and support environmental stewardship initiatives and share insights with NPS staff in order to maintain the highest level of wilderness experience for the backcountry visitor Responsible tourism is paramount in both their operational practices and day tours but is also reflected in their continuing commitment to being a contributing member to their community and regional conservation and service organizations Through these efforts it is Glacier Bay Sea Kayak s goal that Alaska s pristine wild lands may continue to be enjoyed by future generations who will feel a sense of place Great Alaska Adventures Great Alaska Adventures is one of Alaska s true originals Begun as a homesteader based air taxi that morphed into a fishing lodge we are now a one of a kind tour operator sustainable lodge and fly in wilderness and bear viewing camp All that change has given us a unique perspective on the sustainability of any destination resort but especially one that relies upon the natural resource that is Alaskan wilderness Always appreciative that we ve been able to earn a mostly solid living doing what we love Co Owner Kent John was past president of the Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association the non profit that spawned the great sustainable certification program that is Adventure Green Alaska As an operator we have always promoted a sustainable and minimal impact ethos and believe strongly that in addition to sharing nature s bounty with guests it s our responsibility to also share the challenges that that bounty faces It s especially powerful when the guests have just had their lives changed forever by those same animals that they now know are threatened Great Alaska is proud to be listed as sustainable by Adventure Green Alaska Gustavus Inn Gustavus Inn is an original homestead at the edge of the wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park Lesh Family owned since 1965 founder Sally Lesh poured over the Gourmet Magazine when it arrived in the weekly mail by plane and produced James Beard inspired food from the bounty of the nearby ocean wild fields and organic garden to host her guests in style In 2010 her son David and wife JoAnn carrying on the tradition at Gustavus Inn were designated an America s Classic by the James Beard Foundation the Oscars of Food Today the Inn represents the homestead lifestyle by serving wild foraged food at every meal living lightly on the land by gardening composting and running a very efficient operation In Spring our favorite is the greenhouse where we grow all the starts for the garden and keep tomatoes and basil inside All products must be shipped in and then disposed of so there has always been enforced thrift and reuse for the hotel and kitchen Free bikes encourage personal exploration Otherwise we take all our guests to their tours in order to minimize parking and vehicles for the community As community stewards we have fostered many local operators into the tourist trade creating the small

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  • Adventure Green Alaska » News
    membership organization is announcing a new partnership with A Read more May 24 2013 Applications Thank you for considering applying for certification with Adventure Green Alaska The program is temporarily on hold while it is being refr Read more Clippings Kodiak bear guides aim to give guests low impact adventure From Anchorage Daily News January 2012 How National Wildlife Federation Is Making a Difference From the National Wildlife Federation August

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  • Adventure Green Alaska » Program Information
    public lands in our areas of operation if applicable Collaboration with private and public land managers to ensure that operations do not harm sites of cultural or historical significance How the process works Any and all interested businesses must complete the application process for AGA certification The AGA program is administrated by the Alaska Travel Industry ATIA which is ready to assist businesses with the application process review completed applications and make final recommendations for approval The AGA Advisory Committee will review applications and make recommendations to the ATIA board at regularly scheduled meetings in order to ensure that each application receives due merit and consideration Ensure that your business meets the minimum legal standards for quality safety and sustainability Provide two references along with your application Ensure that name and contact information are up to date Be sure to pay the application fee to get the process started Monitoring Compliance and Renewal AGA will monitor program compliance through random spot checks and customer comments A condition of certification is your agreement to allow site visits at the discretion of ATIA Additionally AGA will solicit customer comments throughout the certification period Although the certification will be awarded for two years AGA asks that businesses provide notice of any significant changes or deviations from the initial application If deficiencies are reported AGA will offer follow up assistance to correct them Consistent failure to make any changes will result in the removal of the business from the program All AGA promotional materials must be returned and the business will refrain from using any AGA information and materials ATIA is committed to making continual improvements to the AGA program and will periodically review and revise the sustainability standards as needed A business seeking renewal will be evaluated against the most current sustainability standards

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  • Adventure Green Alaska » Marketing Benefits for Businesses
    However in practice it has sometimes become lost among other forms of tourism and has been unable to carve out more than a small share of the global tourism market Without a marketing edge or significant marketing resources sustainable businesses often smaller sized businesses do not always get public recognition for their actions AGA encourages travelers to patronize sustainable businesses and provides an economic incentive for other businesses to improve their operations As interest in sustainable tourism gains momentum in the marketplace it s this type of differentiation that will drive a unique niche of travelers to AGA certified tourism businesses Marketing Benefits for Businesses The relaunch of the AGA program by ATIA brings with it many new resources and opportunities including a greater marketing reach to out of state consumers interested in supporting tourism companies with a sustainable business model Marketing Benefits Use of AGA logo Marketing to consumers interested in traveling to Alaska Inclusion in AGA promotional materials and events Recognition on the Adventure Green Alaska website Media exposure on AGA social media Education and global marketing opportunities Additional Benefits Marketing Benefits Involvement in Alaska s first certification program for the tourism industry Enhanced conservation ethic in Alaska s tourism industry Increased growth and quality of ecofriendly tourism in Alaska and worldwide Support for local businesses and communities Support for the natural environment history and culture of people living in Alaska AGA Application Application Resources Avoiding Adverse Impact on Plant and Animal Species Climate Change Audit Example Guidelines for Responsibly Viewing Wildlife Leave No Trace Principles Sustainability Vision Example General Resources Alaska Travel Industry Association The industry organization promoting Alaska tourism while remaining attentive to care for the environment and recognizing Alaska s cultures and unique quality of life Global Sustainable Tourism Council The international body for fostering

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  • Adventure Green Alaska » AGA Application
    AGA Application Application Resources Avoiding Adverse Impact on Plant and Animal Species Climate Change Audit Example Guidelines for Responsibly Viewing Wildlife Leave No Trace Principles Sustainability Vision Example General Resources Alaska Travel Industry Association The industry organization promoting Alaska tourism while remaining attentive to care for the environment and recognizing Alaska s cultures and unique quality of life Global Sustainable Tourism Council The international body for fostering increased knowledge and understanding of sustainable tourism practices promoting the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles and building demand for sustainable travel Green Star An Anchorage based nonprofit that encourages businesses to practice waste reduction energy conservation and pollution prevention through education technical assistance and an award winning voluntary green business certificate Native Energy is a committed team of people like you environmentalists dreamers entrepreneurs activists believers working hard to provide you with simple and effective ways to help fight global warming Take action and offset your carbon footprint today About Us Adventure Green Alaska AGA is a voluntary certification program of the Alaska Travel Industry Association ATIA for sustainable tourism businesses operating in Alaska that meet standards of economic environmental and social sustainability The AGA sustainable tourism certificate program encourages tourism businesses

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  • Adventure Green Alaska » FAQ for AGA Application
    cultural sustainability The policy describes your goals and practices with respect to sustainability and is intended to guide management decisions and daily operations The sustainability is also a means of educating staff and customers and encouraging others to adopt sustainable tourism practices The policy should be displayed prominently on your website and other promotional materials and incorporated into any general management or business plan For an example of a sustainability policy follow this link to the Resources For Businesses page of the Adventure Green Alaska website Good examples of sustainability policies can also be found at Alaska Wildland Adventures and Discovery Voyages How do I obtain guidelines on responsibly viewing wildlife The best sources of information are wildlife management agencies such as Alaska Department of Fish and Game U S Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service For an example of a policy to ensure responsible wildlife viewing follow this link to the Resources for Businesses page of the Adventure Green Alaska website Where can I find guidelines on proper behavior in bear and or moose country The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has published information on traveling responsibly in bear country What are the Early Detection and Rapid Response EDRR guidelines to invasive species and why are they important Invasive non native species can harm agricultural production ecosystem processes and native fish and wildlife Until recently Alaska s climate and relative isolation limited the introduction and establishment of invasive plants However with increased trade tourism and development the number of invasive plant infestations in Alaska is growing Responding now while these infestations are small will protect Alaska s natural resources and allow for their continued use and enjoyment The goal of EDRR is to find and control invasive plants when populations first become established To help resource managers control these weeds before they become widespread please take the following simple steps 1 Obtain a free citizens guide to EDRR or contact Gino Graziano Invasive Weeds and Agricultural Pest Coordinator Alaska Division of Natural Resources Division of Agriculture at 907 745 8127 or gino graziano alaska gov 2 Become familiar with the short list of invasive plants identified in the citizens guide 3 Carry the citizens guide as a reference tool as you and your customers travel in Alaska 4 If you find any of the listed invaders report them on the form included in the back of the citizens guide 5 Avoid traveling through areas infested by invasive plants It is extremely easy to carry seeds on shoes clothing animals gear and equipment Please inspect and clean boots clothing equipment and other potential vectors as soon as possible after leaving an area infested by invasive plants What are the Leave No Trace principles and why is it important to implement them Leave No Trace LNT emerged in 1993 as an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of wild lands through education that reduces human recreational impact Today LNT is almost a household word The organization

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  • Adventure Green Alaska » What is Adventure Green Alaska?
    Alaska Adventure Green Alaska AGA is a voluntary certification program for tourism businesses operating in Alaska that meet standards of economic environmental and social sustainability AGA encourages tourism businesses to evaluate their operations and determine whether they use or could be using best management practices Qualifying for AGA certification earns businesses the right to use the AGA label and to participate in AGA promotional opportunities Adventure Green Alaska AGA is entirely voluntary AGA is user friendly and collaborative AGA certification provides tangible marketing benefits AGA increases traveler awareness of sustainable business practices AGA leads to measurable improvements in tourism business practices AGA applies statewide AGA accepts applications from all tourism businesses operating in Alaska Latest News Adventure Green Alaska Announces First Certification Recipients for 2016 Adventure Green Alaska AGA the only sustainable tourism certification program for tourism businesses operating in Alaska announces its first certification recipients for 2016 The businesses Read More Business Spotlight About Us Adventure Green Alaska AGA is a voluntary certification program of the Alaska Travel Industry Association ATIA for sustainable tourism businesses operating in Alaska that meet standards of economic environmental and social sustainability The AGA sustainable tourism certificate program encourages tourism businesses to evaluate their

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