Sustainability is all about ensuring our magnificent world can be enjoyed not just by us, but by our kids, their kids and…you get the idea. Read about what YHA is doing to ensure our big, beautiful world can be enjoyed by generations of travellers to come and find out what you can do to make a difference.
YHA Australia is committed to saving energy and conserving water.
YHA Australia is committed to recycle and minimise the waste.
YHA has been promoted to a Silver Partner in the NSW Government Sustainability Advantage program.
Check out YHA Australia's past and recent projects to reduce the effects on society, ecology and the economy.
We aim to implement The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals when we plan our sustainability initiatives. That’s why we are part of a wide range of major projects across Australia, such as the ECO certification program, NSW Government Sustainability Advantage Program, Sydney single use plastic pledge, Sustainable Destination Partnership and many more.
Simply choosing to stay in YHAs helps make our sustainable hostels possible. But if you want to go a step further - you can help YHA’s sustainability projects by contributing $1 to the Sustainable Hostels Fund when you book your next adventure. YHA will match your contribution and use the accumulated funds to make our hostels cleaner, greener and better. Past projects funded with your help (thank you!) include a gas boosted solar hot water system at Brisbane City YHA in 2015, a 32kw Photovoltaic array at Sydney Harbour YHA in 2016 and many more.
There are also little things you can do throughout your travels to be a more world-friendly traveller – from swapping plastic travel bottles for shampoo and soap bars to learning a few words of the local language to be respectful. Find out more here.
YHA Australia is part of Hostelling International (HI) – the world’s largest network of international hostels. HI is also dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism practices, governed by the HI Sustainability Charter and implemented at both grass-roots and on a major scale. Find out more about HI and sustainability Find out more