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SXSW 2019

How to Travel Without Killing the Planet

We love to travel, but every flight, taxi ride, hotel stay and piece of plastic adds up to a devastating strain on our planet. Thanks to some key players in tech and hospitality, it’s getting a lot easier to minimize the damage. From making conventional jets more fuel-efficient to new hybrid and electric products, Boeing is investing ever more heavily in making air travel sustainable. 1Hotels has doubled down on its commitment to eco-friendly design and products, making the carbon footprint of every guest smaller. We’ll unpack the underreported effects travel has on the world around us and how we, as travelers and innovators, can do better by the planet while still exploring it.

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  1. A real look at the many ways traveling negatively affects the environment.
  2. Insight into how the travel industry is becoming more eco-friendly in the immediate and distant future.
  3. How we can all be more conscious travelers.


  • Sebastian Modak, Staff Writer, Condé Nast Traveler
  • Sean Newsum, Director of Environmental and Geopolitical Strategy at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing
  • Barry Sternlicht, Chairman & CEO of Starwood Capital Group, Starwood Capital Group
  • Sam Zaid, Chief Executive Officer , Getaround


Bridget Hallinan, Digital Editorial Assistant, Condé Nast Traveler

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Social & Global Impact
  • Level: Intermediate
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