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Every night you spend in a hostel creates an average of 9 kilograms of carbon
(Certified by the Carbon Reduction Institute).
Each time you book a bed online, you can choose to contribute $1 towards the Sustainable Hostel Fund.
By going green with YHA, you can help us turn our existing properties into eco-friendly hostels and be greenest hostel network in Australia.
Check out Hostelling International's Sustainability Charter to see what HI associations worldwide are doing to reduce their impact on the environment.
YHA Australia is committed to reducing its environmental impact and promoting the benefits of low-impact travel.
Most YHA properties use low energy light bulbs and LED lighting is now also being installed in several properties. Solar power (photo-voltaic) systems have been installed at Alice Springs, Hawkesbury Heights and Grampians YHAs. Many properties have solar hot water systems. Key card activated lighting and air-conditioning is present in several large city hostels with motion and sensor lighting commonplace in other properties.
Three to five star rated water-saving tap-ware, toilets and showers are commonplace in YHAs. Several properties use rainwater tanks to water gardens or to flush toilets. We use front loader washing machines which use less water. Several properties also have grey-water recycling.
Recycling is commonplace throughout YHA properties. Paper, cardboard, glass bottles, plastics, aluminium and steel cans are all collected for recycling. Many properties will also collect your batteries and unwanted clothing for recycling. Several hostels have shelves for unwanted items for guests to leave for another guest to use. Some hostels collect organic waste for composting or worm farms.
Providing an opportunity for education is a key to YHAs mission statement. We offer accommodation to school groups and at some properties even offer onsite educational opportunities such as The Big Dig Archaeology Education Center at Sydney Harbour YHA. Many YHA hostels will have opportunities for you to donate to a charity of their choice. YHA also sponsors special need groups by offering discounted stays or event opportunities. We partner with like-minded organisations to bring about positive social change.
You can help YHA run more sustainable hostels by contributing $1 when you book online to the Sustainable Hostels Fund. YHA will match your contribution and use the accumulated funds to make our hostels more sustainable. Past projects funded through guest contributions include solar hot water at Byron Bay YHA and Adelaide Central YHA, and solar power at Alice Springs YHA.
Explore hostels are not part of the YHA hostel network and therefore the standard, style of accommodation and sustainability initiatives may vary from that of YHA hostels.
Did you know that every night you spend in a hostel creates an average of 9,000 grams of carbon emissions? YHA's Sustainable Hostels Fund assists with eco-projects in hostels, particularly solar hot water systems. Research shows this to be the area where we can reduce emissions most significantly. It will also reduce energy costs so any cost savings will go back into the scheme to purchase or generate other renewable energy sources.
Located on Victoria's Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay YHA is architecturally-designed to be environmentally sustainable. An organically grown herb garden is available for the use of guests, and the hostel implements a range of energy and water saving techniques to reduce its impact on the environment.
Just some of the initiatives in place at Apollo Bay YHA include:
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A stylish and friendly eco hostel, the Grampians Eco YHA hostel was architecturally designed to be environmentally sustainable. It features a herb garden, chickens providing free range eggs, and vegetables and fruit are supplied for the use of guests.
These are just some of the initiatives on display at the hostel:
Port O'Call Lodge is a 4-green-star eco-lodge hostel in Queensland, a short drive from Cairns. The hostel managers are committed to developing an environmentally sustainable hostel, and the property currently derives all its hot water heating from solar energy.
Some of the initiatives on display at the hostel include:
Sydney Harbour YHA is located in the heart of The Rocks, Sydney and has stunning Opera House and harbour views. Built over an important archaeological site of early colonial history, Sydney Harbour YHA has over a $1million worth of environmentally sustainable features.
Pittwater YHA has recently installed a solar hot water system in order to help save CO2 emissions and to generate cleaner, renewable energy throughout the hostel.
Pittwater YHA was the winner of the 2013 Sustainability category in the 'Northern Beaches Local Business Awards," for a range of environmentally friendly initiatives.
The Pittwater YHA managers are determined to continue these initiatives and committed to maintaining and building on the property's environmental profile as an attraction to guests, who come from around Australia and the world, for the hostels close-to-nature charm.
In January 2014, Perth City YHA moved towards sustainability with a large scale solar project.
The system which was funded by the Sustainable Hostel Fund is made up of 145 solar panels and has been installed on the hostel's rooftop and connected to the electricity grid.
It is estimated that the project will save about 14% of the annual energy consumption at Perth City YHA with the potential to reduce emissions by 42 tonnes a year.
Several YHAs stopped selling bottled and a number of hostels stock reusable bottles that are BPA free so they do not release dangerous toxins. Instead, guests are encouraged to grab a glass from the kitchen and fill it up for free.
In 2012 YHA switched on brand new solar panels at Alice Springs YHA.
Installed with the assistance of the Hostel Carbon Reduction Fund the solar panel instillation is the second largest project of its kind in the city and cover the entire length of the main building.
The panels feed into the main grid, and the feed is shown on a monitor in reception, showing how much renewable energy the hostel is contributing at any point in time.
YHA Travel licences: 2TA002629 (NSW), LTA148 (NT), 3433524 (QLD), TTA32 (SA), TA-0033055
(VIC), 9TA00584 (WA)