Travel sites offer green options

From Times Wire Services

Some travel booking websites are trying to make it easier for consumers to be environmentally friendly.

Orbitz is featuring energy-efficient hotels at These properties have earned an "Energy Star" label from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because they use nearly 40% less energy than average buildings and emit 35% less carbon dioxide.

The website also makes it easy to book hybrid car rentals, take a volunteer vacation or purchase carbon offsets for your travel.

Expedia has a new "Going Green" store. The online store at also allows customers to browse for environmentally friendly hotels, hybrid car rentals and carbon offsets.

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