Our SWF Crewmembers participated in our One Thing That’s Green initiative by planting a garden for the Newburgh’s St Luke’s Hospital.
May 14, 2011
This Earth Day, our Las Vegas Crewmembers trekked out to the desert along with United Way and a few other green-minded groups to clean up the area. The group picked up tires, mattresses, clothes, bottles, cans and more.
LAS General Manager Patrick Ryan said, “Thanks to One Thing That’s Green, there is a little spot of desert just outside of Vegas that is now pristine!”
March 30, 2011
We’re partnering with The New York Restoration Project and its MillionTreesNYC initiative for our fourth annual “One Thing That’s Green” tree planting event. Volunteers are invited to participate in the Saturday, April 9 event in Forest Hills, Queens from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Trees will be planted in MacDonald Park, an area that was gravely affected by the September 2010 tornadoes that tore through New York City, uprooting more than 3,000 trees, damaging cars and peeling roofs from houses.
One Thing That’s Green program represents our commitment to green education and volunteerism. New Yorkers interested in planting trees on April 9th must register in advance at www.jetblue.com/trees. Volunteers will be provided breakfast and lunch during the all-day event. The initiative is a part of the public-private partnership between New York Restoration Project and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation through which one million new trees will be planted and cared for across NYC’s five boroughs by 2017. The initiative has currently planted more than 430,000 trees.
In previous years, more than 1,070 crewmembers and community volunteers have graciously donated their time to plant or donate more than 3,600 trees in Jamaica, Queens and East Harlem.
July 6, 2010
Portland, Maine and Portland Oregon are on completely opposite sides of the U.S., but the two cities share a lot more than just a name. With similar latitudes, great seafood, and severely cold water (props to you if you’re able to take a dip in either location!), the two Portlands have much in common even as they remain distinct from one another and from anywhere else in their beautiful coastlines, open-mindedness, and outdoor appeal.
Our enthusiastic Crewmembers from both coasts put their heads together and came up with a plethora of travel tips for Portland east (PWM) and west (PDX).
PDX Airports Supervisor, Kristie points out that Portland, Oregon is referred to as the City of Roses and each June there is a huge Rose Festival with a great parade, and of course, many beautiful award-winning roses cultivated there, many of which can be seen at the ‘can’t be missed’ Rose Garden that sits at the top of the northwest part of the city. From the gardens, one can see a spectacular view of the city and the famous mountain peak, Mount Hood, another travel hot spot for hiking and summer skiing or snowboarding-year-round!
Portland, Oregon is also well-known for its craft beer (think endless options of brewpubs) and the Dungeness crab fresh from the Oregon coast.
Airport Operations Crewmember Ron mentions that the Columbia Gorge has excellent hiking trails in all different lengths and difficulty levels, with absolutely beautiful scenery. His personal favorite is called Angel’s Rest. The city is known for being very bicycle friendly, so if that’s your thing, bring your bike. After all, we’re waiving bike fees for the month of July in honor of Tour de France!
The MAX (Portland’s light rail system) has a free downtown loop, as does the city streetcar. It makes exploring downtown really easy. Portland, Oregon has too many good restaurants to list, but some of Ron’s favorites include Nicholas, a great Lebanese restaurant. It’s really tiny and there’s always a line. Bring cash or checks because they don’t take credit. Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille has the best kahlua pork and Korean chicken Ron’s ever had (even better than what he had in Hawaii!). The Montage has lots of off-the-wall dishes and picnic style seating.
The other white meat, Portland, Maine has plenty to offer as well. Airports Crewmember Ana points out that Maine is the lighthouse state with more than 60 to boot. The area has 5,500 miles of coastline and about 2,000 islands off the coast. Interestingly enough, Maine also produces 90% of the country’s toothpick supply and is also home to Chester Greenwood, who invented the earmuffs in 1873 (which you should consider donning if you visit during the winter months).
A friendly travel tip to watch out for moose when you’re visiting, as they are large and can accidentally cause a lot of damage just by virtue of their size. Portland, Maine is a walking city; it’s only a ten minute drive from the outer limits to downtown.
Ana suggests you check out Portland waterfront historic district, the Old Port, for a good live music scene. Casco Bay Lines in downtown Portland takes you to the islands. The Portland Museum of Art and the Portland Graffiti Arts Gallery are colorful, worthy stops along the way, and East End Beach is a quaint coastal area within walking distance from downtown. For some good Portland eats, Ana suggests you go to the Portland Lobster Company for some good lobster or to DiMillo’s, a floating restaurant! The Dog Fish Bar and Grille and Gilbert’s Chowder House are other tasty, New England choices.
Inflight Crewmember Chris suggests you check out the town of Yarmouth, 15 minutes north of Portland, for its Clam Festival every third weekend in July. Not just for seafood lovers, this small town goes nuts with thousands of visitors every year! There’s a themed parade on Friday afternoon, free music and entertainment at several venues all weekend long, and a wicked big carnival. Don’t miss the Firemen’s Muster on Saturday (kind of an Olympics for firefighters – you may get wet!), and dancing and fireworks in the evening. This town-size party is way too much fun!
And now a shameless plug from Chris to drop by Clay Play, his paint-your-own pottery studio in Yarmouth, and express your creative side.
Inflight Crewmember Christina recommends you check out the Portland Children’s Museum. A MUST SEE, she says, is the flagship store of L.L.Bean open 24/7 every day, only 15 minutes north of Portland. Also available on the waterfront are an array of fishing excursions; everything from whale watches, deep sea fishing to ride with the Lobstahmen, where you can catch and band the claws of your own Lobstah for dinnah! Fall is also a great time to visit with apple picking, county fairs, and the brilliant colors of the foliage.
Do you have any great Portland, Maine or Oregon travel tips to share? Leave them in the comments below, or Tweet them using the hashtag #TTPORT.
June 24, 2010
As part of our ongoing efforts to encourage greener living and minimize our carbon footprint, we’re running a One Thing That’s Green Sweepstakes, where we’re giving away some AMAZING prizes, including a one-on-one meeting with renowned mind-body health doctor Deepak Chopra, M.D., an appliance makeover from Amana, a Vespa scooter, an eco-vacation, or one of many other green prizes. Contest ends tomorrow so get your entry in today!
May 19, 2010
The Boston Globe ran a great piece about our efforts to reduce the carbon footprint that our planes create by offering Customers a chance to buy back some of the carbon they produce when they jet. When you book a flight, you are offered a link to Carbonfund.org where you can calculate and then offset the impact your flight will have on the environment. We’ve also committed to buying back carbon credits to offset Crew travel.
We are always looking for ways to minimize our carbon footprint and are continually innovating to that end. We launched a big campaign around Earth Day- One Thing That’s Green- to encourage Customers and Crewmembers alike to volunteer to change one thing about their lives to help reduce the impact on the environment.
We are also always adapting our technology to the most environmentally friendly possible.
April 28, 2010
Ed Lover, New York’s Power 105.1 morning show host, compliments us in a big way as he gets ready to raffle off JetBlue tickets at the One thing That’s Green event last week when JetBlue Crewmembers joined forces with the New York Restoration Project to plant trees in honor of Earth Day.
Click on the below image to watch the video:
April 20, 2010
Today we launched our One Thing That’s Green Pledge Campaign. Visit our Facebook page today and pledge to do one — or 10 — things that are green! Over 64,000 people participated last year! For the best experience, please use a browser such as Internet Explorer 7 or higher, or Firefox.
April 1, 2010
In this special 10th Annviersary year, we celebrate a decade of value, style, award-winning service and making a difference in our planet. In 2008, we launched our One Thing That’s Green initiative to encourage our Crewmembers, Customers, partners and local communities to take action and make one change that benefits the environment. Today, we ask that you celebrate JetBlue’s 10th birthday by continuing to honor Planet Earth and doing not one, but 10 Things That Are Green!
Stay tuned for more tips and an online pledge later this month. And don’t forget to Do One Thing that’s Green volunteer in your local event- ask your local leadership for more information.
Check out these 10 Green Tips and join us in making a difference:
1. Think “refresh” not “remodel” when planning your next home update. One of the greenest approaches is working with what you already have. In the kitchen, new paint and updated hardware for cabinets can give you a new look without producing the landfill waste that a remodeling project generates.
2. Remodel with recycled materials. Buy lightly used cabinetry at a building salvage shop, find countertops and backsplashes made of recycled aluminum or glass, and purchase locally-made new materials. Purchasing local products reaps great environmental savings in fuel and other transportation costs.
3. Dry a few loads in succession to take advantage of leftover heat in the dryer.
4. Purchase an ENERGY STAR®-qualified washer rather than a non-qualified model. It’ll save you an average of $50 a year on your utility bills. Over the life of your new washer, you’ll save enough money to pay for the matching dryer.
5. Replace a refrigerator bought in 1990 with a new ENERGY STAR®-qualified model. In most households, the refrigerator is the single biggest energy consuming kitchen appliance. By purchasing a new ENERGY STAR® fridge, you would save enough energy to light the average household for nearly four months.
6. Purchase an ENERGY STAR®-qualified dishwasher. They use 44% less water and are 25% more energy efficient than non-qualifying dishwashers.
7. Resist opening the oven door during cooking. Each time you open the door, you lose about 25-30° of heat.
8. Purchase a humidifier. Optimally humidified air helps to naturally alleviate cough and cold symptoms. Humidification allows you to breathe and feel better and recover faster from your cold.
9. Maintain appropriate levels of humidity in your home. You’ll naturally prevent hardwood floors from separating at the joints, plants from drying out and wallpaper from peeling off the wall.
10. When possible, walk instead of drive.