Earth Day is April 22 and the entire month of April is set aside for environmental appreciation. Earth Day was founded by former Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970.
According to Earthday.org, Nelson wanted to infuse the energy of the anti-war movement to an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution. Nelson's inspiration led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.
Wisconsin continues to be a leader in conservation and environmental efforts. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism now oversees the state's environmental initiative among businesses called Travel Green Wisconsin.
Four of our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Organization member inns have been certified as Travel Green businesses by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism: Brambleberry B&B, Door County Lighthouse Inn, Dreams of Yesteryear and Franklin Victorian B&B in Sparta. All offer eco-friendly lodging in beautiful and luxurious settings.
You can still be a green traveler when you stay at any Real Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast. Guests staying multiple days can tell their innkeeper if they would like to reuse their towels, saving on laundry and water usage. Guests can shut lights off or turn air conditioning down when leaving their guest room. Save on gas by vacationing at a fantastic bed and breakfast that is just a few hours from your home rather than taking a cross-country trip.