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Travel Green! An eco-friendly option.

Summer travel doesn’t always have to entail long airport security lines or  expensive  fill-ups at the pump.  In fact, you can see much of the East Coast for as little as $1 !  Here’s one way…

MegaBus is a low-cost, express bus service connecting many East Coast cities via direct lines.  Whether you’re headed to New York City, Boston or Washington DC, MegaBus can get you there for as little as $1 plus a .50 cents reservation fee.  What’s better is that  MegaBus offers  free wifi so you can watch a movie, catch up on email or – write a blog post while you ride like me!  Today’s trip started bright and early at 6:35 a.m. in Pittsburgh, PA and will find me in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, just in time for lunch for a grand total of $6.50 (different routes and purchase dates before travel affect the ticket price much like budget air travel).

MegaBus doesn’t just appeal to the avid budget traveler in me, but also to my green consciousness.  Stage Coach Group, the parent company of MegaBus, is a leading international transportation group, operating bus, train, tram, and express coach operations in the UK, United States and Canada.  Their slogan, “greener, smarter travel,” speaks to a new generation of travelers who are concerned about maintaining the quality of the very places they are going to visit for generations to come.

Stage Coach Group’s website not only addresses climate change, but includes their CSR policy, Sustainability Plan and their own carbon footprint concerns under a page entitled, “Our Responsibilities.” A corporation that addresses its responsibilities up front and in depth, as well as helps me save money and decrease my own carbon footprint; now that’s a corporation I can get on board with, quite literally.

Image Credit:  Photo by Daquella manera via Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

Written by Emily DeMasi

Emily McKinin DeMasi is a 2011 MBA/ MA Public Policy candidate and Peace Corps Fellow at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her thesis work concerns Corporate Social Responsibility in the United States. She also works as a Research Fellow at Bridgeway Capital, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in downtown Pittsburgh. Emily has worked as an Associate in a Private Equity Placement Firm in NY and as a Water and Sanitation Volunteer in Ivory Coast, West Africa. She hopes to combine her business background with her passion for development and inspire others in the fields of Sustainability and CSR.

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