Sustainable practices to protect the environment when you are enjoying the outdoors

From the quiet splendor of ancient forests on the Olympic Peninsula to snow capped peaks in the Cascades that feed streams and rivers, the Pacific Northwest offers incredible natural beauty. Mount Rainier, Crater Lake, and Coeur d'Alene Lake are just a few of the magnificent places that capture the imagination of everyone who visits. In fact, outdoor enthusiasts visit these and other locations every year. Although this is a presumed boom to tourism, one has to consider how this can negatively affect other people, water, and wildlife.

Although many national and regional organizations focus their efforts on nature conservancy, every person can do their part to protect the environment. So the next time you’re enjoying the beautiful outdoors, consider whether the unspoiled natural wonders and resources you depend upon will be around for future generations to enjoy. Whether you’re a weekend warrior heading off on an adventure or debarking on a two-week camping trip, you can increase sustainability and help save the planet.

Ways to limit your carbon footprint

Here are a few ways to reduce your carbon footprint and protect the vast natural heritage of the Pacific Northwest, even before you leave the house:

Rethink transportation

Are you aware that transportation to and from your adventure is the biggest contributor to carbon emissions? It’s a serious point to consider when planning outdoor recreation.

Camping tips to increase sustainability

A growing number of people have enjoyed camping in the last five years, with a record high 78.8 million households camping in 2019. More than half of people surveyed said their love of the outdoors sparked their interest in camping. If you’re one of these people, it’s important to be aware of how you personally affect the environment and other campers. This includes practices such as making an inefficient campfire and improperly disposing of camping waste.

Avista has demonstrated a commitment to the environment through a long history of action, and we recognize the value of establishing a goal related to clean energy. We encourage everyone to do their part to reduce our collective carbon footprint and protect the beautiful wonders of the Pacific Northwest.

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