Are you a nature documentary buff? Or a jetsetter who wants to make the smallest footprint while bouncing around the globe? If you're into traveling the globe and enjoying nature in all its glory, we've got some great suggestions! TreeHugger's Best of Green Awards honors the top companies, groups, individuals and concepts in its various categories. By awarding excellence in more than 200 categories across eight topics, TreeHugger applauds the pioneers who rise above business-as-usual in search of a better way. And this year was extra special - it included readers' choice winners! Check out who topped the ranks among our readers in the Travel and Nature category.
Best Ski Resort: Squaw Valley
If you love the snow, you'll love Squaw Valley at Lake Tahoe, California. The ski resort won both editor's pick and readers' choice for this category because they set the pace for sustainable skiing. By retrofitting existing buildings, using biodiesel, choosing energy-efficient snow guns, and installing a geothermal heat pump for its children's center, Squaw Valley has cut its energy and water use dramatically, and works hard to keep the resort covered in native and naturalized plants.
Best Carbon Offset Provider: Carbonfund.org
Part of the joy of living on planet Earth is traveling and seeing all it has to offer, but doing so with the smallest carbon footprint possible. Sometimes it's hard to avoid the emissions of a trip, but it's easy to offset those emissions when you buy carbon offsets, and our readers love working with Carbonfund.org to do that. The organization is a top-notch, reliable and trustworthy provider of carbon offsets, and you can trust that your funds are going directly towards projects that reduce carbon emissions.
Best Nature Photographer: Clark Little
It's no wonder that a slideshow featuring incredible photos of waves taken by Clark Little was one of TreeHugger's most popular slideshows ever, and that the very same photographer won the Readers' Choice for Best of Green 2010. Little captures the colors and movement of waves like no one else we've ever seen. His work is simply jaw-dropping.
Best Nature Twitter Feed: @NWF (Natural Wildlife Federation)
For the latest on news of the natural world, TreeHugger readers love the Twitter feed of Natural Wildlife Federation. @NWF is a must-follow for quick, interesting updates on animals, plants, ecosystems, and politics surrounding our planet.
Best Nature Documentary: Earth
With a whopping 55% of readers' votes, Earth is clearly a favorite documentary among readers. Starring some of the most magnificent and courageous creatures alive, Disneynature brings us the remarkable story of three animal families on a journey across our planet -- polar bears, elephants and humpback whales. Compelling and beautifully filmed, it's a visual and emotional delight.