We are proud to support these projects working hard to support communities and protect precious natural and cultural resources.

If you would like to support any of these programs, you may donate directly online via the links below or send a check made out to the Center for Responsible Travel, with the program name in the memo line, to 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005.

Torres del Paine Legacy Fund

In June 2020, the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund joined CREST as a fiscally-sponsored program. The nonprofit initiative in Puerto Natales, Chile works to create a sustainable future for the iconic Torres del Paine National Park and its surrounding communities. The Legacy Fund promotes a destination stewardship model that brings together public and private stakeholders to collectively implement and finance sustainability action projects.

Since 2018, the Legacy Fund has worked with 159 volunteers and 44 local and international business partners on various protected area infrastructure and conservation initiatives in Torres del Paine. Further details of TDPLF’s impact can be found within their 2018-2020 Biennial Report.  The Legacy Fund and CREST look forward to working hand-in-hand with local communities in southern Patagonia for years to come.

CARE for the Cape & Islands

CARE for the Cape & Islands was founded in 2012 by Jill Talladay as a grassroots organization to engage visitors and residents to preserve and protect the natural environment, culture, and history of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. To date, CARE has:

  • Awarded more than $65,000 to fund more than 50 projects in the areas of environmental education, environmental stewardship, community livability, sense of place, food and culture, “reduce and reuse”, and protection of the natural environment, culture, and history.
  • Generated 7,000+ hours of volunteer labor with 3,000+ volunteers
  • Engaged 70+ companies and organizations in the Cape Cod Stewardship Collaborative.

In 2020, CARE for the Cape and Islands also launched a new “Compostable Food Serviceware Buying Guide,” which aims to provide restaurants and other foodservice businesses with alternatives to plastic take-out containers and service ware that have seen an increase due to COVID-19.

Destination Stewardship Center

The Destination Stewardship Center’s (DSC) mission is to help protect the world’s distinctive places by supporting wisely managed tourism and enlightened destination stewardship. The program’s goal is to help people find the resources they need to achieve that mission. 

The DSC was founded in 2011 by Jonathan Tourtellot, continuing a program he founded and directed at National Geographic Society. Jonathan originated the concept of geotourism, defined via National Geographic as “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place – its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.” This approach informs the DSC’s strategy.

The DSC works closely with CREST and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council on matters of destination management and sustainability. Sign up for their newsletter here for updates.

What Fuels You? An Electric Road Trip

CREST partnered with South Shore Productions and the National Wildlife Refuge Association to launch an online media campaign entitled “What Fuels You: An Electric Road Trip.”

Erika Gilsdorf, the producer and owner of South Shore Productions, will be traveling around America for one year in a 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), with her tiny house in tow.

Along the way, she will share inspiring stories and film everyday people from around the country who are tackling our climate crisis and protecting our natural areas and gateway communities.