Sydney, Pittwater YHA

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Sydney, Pittwater YHA and Sustainability


                    Winner of the Northern beaches Local Business award for Sustainability 2013



Pittwater YHA is committed to reducing its environmental footprint and being a responsible community member through a mix of conservation, community support and sustainable practices and services, the hostel has recently completed a solar project.

The hostel has recently installed a solar hot water system in order to help save CO2 emissions and to generate cleaner, renewable energy.

Other initiatives include:

Energy/Greenhouse gas reduction:

Passive solar building with northerly aspect

Low energy lighting used within the hostel

Timer / sensor activated lighting in bathrooms and common areas

Computers turned off at night

Promotion of public transport

Free bike storage

Participate in Earth Hour

Waste Minimisation:

Recycling stations in kitchens, common areas, external areas and office areas.

Recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminium and steel cans and clothing.

All Organic kitchen waste collected and composted on site

Use environmentally friendly cleaning products

Participate in Clean Up Australia

Water Saving measures:

On site rainwater tank supplies all water needs of the hostel

Dual flush toilets

Signage in bathrooms and kitchens encouraging guests to minimise water usage

Drought resistant gardens

Front loader washing machines

Social Sustainability:

Provide work experience for local students

Works with local education providers to

Sponsor local community groups and events e.g. Sailing Club, German International School

Organises volunteer weekends to undertake bush regeneration in the neighbouring National Park.

Promote low impact activities such as bushwalking, sailing, kayaking.


Did you know?

Every night you spend in a hostel creates an average of 9 kilograms of carbon emissions
(Certified by the Carbon Reduction Institute).

How can you help?

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.
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