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Natural Awakenings Fairfield Cty/Housatonic Valley, CT

Extending Sustainable Lifestyle into Travel

Apr 01, 2017 04:59AM

Vacation and business travel is one of the largest contributors to our carbon footprint. A family of four creates an average of 4,143 pounds of harmful carbon emissions every year through air travel alone—that’s equivalent to burning 2,006 pounds of coal.

Norwalk-based Viridian is now offering a new Travel Light booking portal where users can access deals on travel that is also zero-carbon. Viridian purchases carbon offsets to equalize 100 percent of a trip’s carbon impact. Customers can choose from two different options when using Travel Light. A free Karma account gives users up to 15 percent off hotels and rental cars without any fees or membership costs. The Travel Light membership requires a low monthly subscription fee to search hotels, cruises, rental cars, activities and more that can be up to 50 percent off other leading travel sites. Whether a Travel Light member or Karma customer, all travel booked through the site is zero-carbon.

Viridian also offers customers a suite of responsible energy products—including solar power offerings—through its energy partner, Crius Energy. While other solar companies focus primarily on roofs, Viridian and Crius develop whole-home solutions that help preserve a family’s comfort while minimizing energy use.

For more information about solar options and Travel Light, contact Margot Newkirchen (203-521-7730,, or Bonnie Troy (203-521-2169,,

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