Alice Springs YHA

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Alice Springs YHA and Sustainability

Alice Springs YHA is committed to reducing its environmental footprint and being a responsible community member through a mix of conservation and sustainable practices and services. Initiatives include:

Energy/Greenhouse gas reduction:

  • Photo-voltaic system generating between 10-50% of the properties energy needs – installation costs partly funded by YHA’s Sustainable Hostel Fund guest contributions.
  • Low energy lighting in some areas of the property
  • Motion activated lighting in bathrooms and common areas
  • Air-conditioning under master control by reception
  • Bathroom exhaust system only operates when bathroom lighting activated
  • All unused computers and monitors turned off at night
  • Promote public transport


Since installation, the photovoltaic system at Alice Springs YHA has generated over 20,000kWH of electricity, the equivalent of reducing over 14 tonnes of carbon generation.   In 2012, Alice Springs YHA reduced its gas usage by over 100,000MJ compared to the previous year, saving over 5.5 tonnes of carbon.

Waste Minimisation:

  • Recycling stations in kitchens and external areas.
  • Recycle glass, plastic, aluminium and steel cans and printer cartridges
  • Reduce packaging by buying in bulk
  • Use partially recycled paper in the office


Water Saving measures:

  • 5 star WELS rated showers
  • Dual flush toilets (3/6 litre)
  • Signs encouraging guests to minimise water usage in bathrooms and kitchens
  • Drought resistant planting in gardens 


Social Sustainability:

  • Work experience is offered weekly to special education students 
  • Partner with local education providers
  • Sponsor local community groups and events such as Rotary for the Henley on Todd regatta
  • Unclaimed lost property is donated to the Kallaringi community opportunity shop

YHA and sustainability

Sustainable Travel

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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