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Let's 'green' rentals to reduce waste & fight climate change

Steps toward a greener Cape & Islands

A letter from our founder,
Jeff Talmadge on the Green initiative on Cape Cod
I'm not a lifelong environmentalist. My carbon footprint has been too high much of my life. But as I focus on what kind of planet my generation will leave for my seven grandchildren, I worry and know that I must do more.
My moment of clarity and change in perspective came when in 2008 I read Thomas Friedman's Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America. He brings together the converging forces of climate change (“hot”), globalization (“flat”), and overpopulation (“crowded”) to paint a disturbing picture of what the world would look like in an unchecked future.
There were two topics in Friedman's book that struck – and frankly scared – me the most. The first was how the rising waters caused by climate change would force hundreds of millions of people to migrate to more developed countries (including the U.S.), causing unimaginable disruption.
The second topic, and possibly scarier, was how melting ice would uncover previously frozen land masses, releasing deadly gasses and possibly deadly viruses.
The experience of reading this book caused me to join the legions of concerned folks who feel that combating climate change and averting these potential crises should be the world’s major priorities.
My first effort was to join takecarecapecod.org, building their prototype website.
And then two years ago, our WeNeedaVacation team conceived of our “Green Initiative” to address both climate change and waste control. Our homeowners can indicate up to 8 specific “green” characteristics of their homes on their listings, and vacationers are able to search for homes with these characteristics. Our great hope is that demand for green homes will grow, encouraging more owners to take measures in providing a more environmentally oriented home.
We urge you to join us in using our actions to make positive change in the world.
Sincerely,
Jeff Talmadge
Co-founder and CEO of WeNeedaVacation.com
Here at WeNeedaVacation.com, we have always thought of Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard as a refuge. That's why we encourage others to Get Back here whenever they can. In recent years, we have felt the urge more and more not only to "get back," but to give back, so that these cherished places can be experienced not only by the present generation, but by countless generations to come.
To that end, we've initiated a green program here at WeNeedaVacation.com where homeowners and vacationers concerned about the future of the Cape and Islands can take some achievable steps to lessen their impacts. Those steps include stocking homes with eco-friendly cleaning products and providing water filters and reusable grocery totes. To empower vacationers to find such homes, we are now including these amenities in our property listings.

Green Home Amenities

Through extensive outreach and surveys, we've distilled the eight amenities we think are most valuable to homeowners and vacationers alike. You can click through to find out more detail about each amenity at the bottom!
More Amenities Info!

The 4 R's

Climate Change

Are You Ready To Take Action?
Source: NOAA

Vacationer Survey Says...!

"...How much would you favor a rental that supports green initiatives?"
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Homeowner Feedback on Green Amenities...

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