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Find Your Sustainable Oasis

Visitors come to Greater Palm Springs from all over the world to experience some of the planet’s most striking natural wonders: lush palm groves nestled amid rocky gorges, crystal-clear waterfalls gushing from ancient canyons, pine-spotted mountain peaks rising above sandy washes. But how we travel is just as important as why we travel, and Greater Palm Springs offers plenty of ways for visitors to enjoy the destination sustainably.

Stay at an eco-friendly resort or hotel like Two Bunch Palms (which has its own solar farm!). Dine at farm-to-table restaurants or shop at local farmers markets. Visit attractions that actively work to preserve habitats and restore plant and animal populations, such as The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. You can even connect with the area's history and culture during a ranger-led hike in the Indian Canyons. Together, destinations and travelers can make sustainability and cultural preservation a priority and help safeguard our wide-open spaces and natural resources so they remain accessible for generations to come.

Planning a sustainable Greater Palm Springs itinerary? Here’s some eco-inspiration for your next trip.

Farm-to-Table Cuisine 

Visitors are often surprised by the variety of crops grown locally, and more so when they find out that agriculture is the second-largest industry in Greater Palm Springs, after tourism. Many local chefs draw from the destination's rich agricultural bounty, sourcing homegrown ingredients such as dates, citrus, table grapes, melons, lettuces, artichokes, and bell peppers for their restaurants. Farm-to-table dining offers a more sustainable option for visitors by reducing food miles (i.e., the distance food travels to reach your plate), meaning less fuel is consumed and fewer emissions are released. 

 

 

Vintage Finds

Greater Palm Springs is a vintage shopping mecca, brimming with unique thrift stores and second-hand shops that offer a sustainable alternative to buying new items with harmful production methods that contribute to waste production and carbon emissions.

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Meetings

The Palm Springs Convention Center is continually focused on how their events are impacting the community and the environment, whether it’s partnering with the city’s recycling program or enacting their own practices to help reduce their carbon footprint.

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