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We’re proud of how we care for our earth at YHA and are always looking for the chance to help make our hostels more sustainable at every opportunity. Through partial funding through the Sustainable Hostels Fund, we have launched hostel-specific sustainability initiatives, which has sponsored nearly $30,000 of projects across our hostel network so far.
Award winning Grampians Eco YHA now powers its hot water by sunlight, thanks to your donation to the Sustainable Hostels Fund. Combined with already established waste minimisation practices including composting and a very happy chicken family on-site, Grampians Eco YHA is paving the way forward for sustainability as they continue to work closely with the Halls Gap community to support local wildlife care, provide work experience for students interested in the tourism and travel industry, and save water across the property with drought resistant gardens.
We’re invested in creating sustainable hostels for years to come and with your help we can continue to build a kinder, greener future.
The Sustainable Hostels Fund has helped install solar hot water systems at Adelaide Central, Byron Bay, Brisbane City, Railway Square, Grampians, Cairns Central, Glebe Point, Pittwater, and Melbourne Metro, to power your shower with sunlight!
Your donation to the fund has also helped install photovoltaic arrays to produce solar power in sun-baked Alice Springs (2012), Sydney Central (2018) and Perth (2014), reducing Perth City YHA’s carbon emissions by more than 40 tonnes a year.
It takes changes large and small to make a difference and across the network we continue to support our hostels increase their sustainability. Additional to the Sustainable Hostels Fund, YHA Australia funds small hostel-specific sustainability programmes each year. These programs are led by the initiative of our YHA hostels, where teams know what they need most to help create a more sustainable future. Our most recent projects included water saving, social sustainability programs, waste minimisation and more:
Whether it’s creating a herb garden or installing solar panels, there’s much more we look forward to in years to come.