Tour Green Program
REAP’s Tour Green initiative gives residents and visitors to Alaska the opportunity to support renewable energy development in Alaska. Founded in 2004, REAP is the only nonprofit organization focused solely on energy efficiency in the state. Tour Green supports REAP’s energy education programs, training to ensure a stronger workforce and economy, and advocacy responsible for policy that aids the advancement of clean energy.
Why become a partner? Tour Green demonstrates a commitment to preserve Alaska’s resources and attracts socially conscious consumers. Partners are listed on REAP’s website; featured individually in REAP social media and newsletter reaching over 5,000 people; and highlighted in annual communications to philanthropists throughout the state. Use of the Tour Green logo is encouraged to attract visitors that care about the environment and sustainable tourism. Tour Green stickers and collateral materials are also provided, as is custom training for staff of participating organizations. In addition, contributions to REAP through Tour Green are tax-deductible.
What does Tour Green do for your customers? Research indicates that people associate Alaska’s striking landscape, clean air and pristine water and remarkable natural resources with climate protection. REAP and Tour Green affiliates agree that one of the most successful strategies to preserve Alaska’s environment is through clean energy education and advocacy. REAP suggests a $2/person contribution that allows beneficiaries of a given product or service to directly impact the Alaska they enjoy and experience.
How does Tour Green work? Partners promote the initiative to potential customers in the manner that best suits their business model. Current Tour Green partners either collect contributions from each customer on a fixed-rate basis built into the price of an activity, or promote voluntary suggested donations to the program.
Why participate in Tour Green? Alaskans pay the second highest cost of electricity in the country. Meanwhile many clean energy resources remain untapped. REAPs advocacy currently saves Alaska consumers a combined 50 million gallons of diesel fuel and heating oil per year (saving an equivalent $100 million). Each year, REAP’s energy education activities reach over 4,000 students. REAPs program activities include:
- Statewide K-12 teacher training and education that teaches math and science through the lens of energy efficiency and wind.
- Public education through presentations, conferences, webinars and workshops on energy efficiency.
- Direct technical assistance through the Sustainable Southeast Partnership that reaches a variety of communities in the region.
- Partnership with state, national, and international entities promoting Alaska’s leadership role in displacing diesel use in remote communities.
- Policy maker education that has resulted in the creation of several state programs including the Renewable Energy and Emerging Energy Technology funds.
Current Tour Green Partners
Camp Denali | Provides active learning experiences and fosters stewardship of the natural world through a tradition of excellence, community and place.
Beyond Skagway Tours | Offers private and customized day tours, overnight tours, weddings, and the Beyond Broadway Skagway art shop.
Kayak Adventures | A small, local shop that concentrates solely on educational and environmentally friendly sea kayaking tours. You don’t need any experience to join, just an adventurous spirit and a desire to learn and explore the great Alaskan wilderness.
Major Marine Tours | Major Marine Tours offers world-class wildlife and glacier cruises to two of the most beautiful places in Alaska: Kenai Fjords National Park and Prince William Sound. Cruises depart from the scenic harbor towns of Seward and Whittier.
Adventure Flow | A tour company based in Juneau, Adventure Flow offers the optimal experience. From historical walking tours, to smart-phone photography with hiking, to Alaskans brewery tours, take advantage of Adventure Flow’s small groups and eco tours.
Salmon Berry Tours | Salmon Berry Tours was founded on the idea that life in Alaska should be fun. In a world were large commercialized Alaska experiences are common, Salmon Berry delivers genuine and authentic Alaska hospitality, day tours and tailor made travel packages. It’s a small tour philosophy and a customized experience that delivers the goods for guests every season of the year.