Green Lodging Directory for the Chemically Sensitive
and Health Conscious Traveler

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Green Lodging

GreenVacationHub.com lists green vacation lodging around the world. This is a great new site which is continually adding new listings online. Check it out at:

EverGreen rooms are located in standard hotels/motels in the USA, however, these rooms are non-smoking with carbon air filters, filtered drinking and shower water.  Cleaning products, pesticide use vary.  Expect carpet, new furniture, etc.  Call to find out if windows open - some rooms have permanently closed windows. http://www.evergreenrooms.com

Organic places to stay worldwide: organic farms, B&Bs, guest houses, small hotels - organic produce is used according to availability. http://www.organic-holidays.com

Hostels are a worldwide economical source of lodging ideal for group traveling since rooms are mostly shared with others - for the chemically sensitive traveler, it would be best to share a room with others you know who are sensitive. http://www.hostels.com

If you are traveling to an area with a college or university, check with the Residence Hall Director for dormitory room rentals - many schools rent dormitory rooms to members of the public during summer break and at other times. These rooms tend to have simple, outgassed furnishings ideal for the chemically sensitive traveler.

U.S. government website:  federal campgrounds, cabins, tours of national sites, historic homes and caves.         http://www.recreation.gov

U.S. government website: information about outdoor recreation and access for the disabled: http://www.disabilityinfo.gov/digov-public/public/DisplayPage.do?parentFolderId=208

A guide for Traveler's with pulmonary disabilities - 110 pages, 1800 listings, 1700 cities throughout the world.  Lodging with oxygen available.   http://breathineasy.com

Holistic Holiday at Sea IV - A Voyage To Well-Being   March 30 - April 6, 2008
(ad posted 07-2007) A Taste of Health presents a cruise of the Western Caribbean on a premier Italian luxury liner.  Dine on specially prepared organic natural foods. Lectures and workshops on holistic living and natural health with Dr. Sherry Rogers, other leading alternative health professionals, research scientists, macrobiotic healers, shiatsu practitioners, yoga and Pilates instructors, and vegan and macrobiotic chefs. Continuing education credits available, including CME's for physicians and other health professionals. Rates start at $1,195 each for two people. Info 828-749-9537, booking - 1-800-496-0989 or visit the website  www.atasteofhealth.org


Healthy Housing

Pollution in Your Community - get a free in-depth pollution report for your county, covering air, water, chemicals, and more. http://www.scorecard.org

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Web Based Resources in the USA - ecovillages, no-spray areas, etc. http://www.princesstigerlily.com/mcs/areas/us.html

Buy/sell your healthy home online. http://www.HealthyHomes-fsbo.com

Rental units that have been remodeled using less-toxic products - call for unit availability 510-610-1374 (California).  Great resource for landlords going green:         http://www.saferremodel.com

Immune Web has a list of housing ads (mostly USA). http://immuneweb.org/classifieds

CIIN - Chemical Injury Information Network publishes a monthly newsletter called "Our Toxic Times" which has housing ads (mostly USA) and many resources for dealing with MCS - become a member and receive this excellent newsletter. http://ciin.org

Green Communities is a five-year, $555 million initiative to build more than 8,500 environmentally healthy homes for low-income families. Created by the Enterprise Foundation / Enterprise Social Investment Corporation in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, the initiative provides grants, financing, tax-credit equity, and technical assistance to developers who meet Green Communities criteria for affordable housing that promotes health, conserves energy and natural resources, and provides easy access to jobs, schools, and services. http://www.greencommunitiesonline.org

Intentional Community is an inclusive term for ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives, etc. This group sells huge book listing intentional communities worldwide, many with a green/organic focus. http://www.ic.org

The Chemical Sensitivity Foundation (CSF) is working with Bennie Howard, Acting Director of the Office of Disability Policy at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to raise public awareness about multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS).  Mr. Howard allowed CSF to film him presenting an introduction to the 30 minute HUD version of CSF's 60 minute MCS video.  Mr. Howard has arranged for HUD to place a copy of this video in each of its 87 offices around the USA, thereby helping MCS people obtain reasonable accommodation from landlords whom they are paying with HUD Section 8 vouchers.  Federal laws-specifically the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act-prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. HUD considers multiple chemical sensitivity to be a disability under these laws. Despite this coverage, the Department continues to receive many telephone calls and correspondences from people with multiple chemical sensitivity who report that their landlords refuse to reasonably accommodate their disability. If you, or anyone you know, believes that they have suffered housing discrimination because of their disability, please contact the HUD office nearest you. Fair Housing is not an option. It's the law.
http://www.chemicalsensitivityfoundation.org/

Subsidized housing in the USA is not usually built with the chemically sensitive in mind, except for two outstanding green affordable housing developments:
Ecology House - San Rafael, CA http://www.consultclarity.com/eh/
and Colorado Court - Santa Monica, CA http://www.californiasolarcenter.org/solareclips/2001.12/20011204-8.html
However, in some areas of the USA there are a few older buildings with tile floors, hot water heat, etc. which the chemically sensitive in low income situations may tolerate.  Find affordable housing by State at the HUD website, under Affordable Rentals.  Subsidized housing at individual developments often has a MUCH shorter waiting list than section 8 voucher programs.http://www.hud.gov http://www.affordablehousingonline.com


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