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.
Every night you spend in a hostel creates an average of 9 kilograms of carbon emissions (certified by the Carbon Reduction Institute). 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 extra savings will go back into the scheme to purchase or generate other renewable energy sources.
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.
When you're staying at a YHA hostel you can do you part by switching off the light when you're not in your room, recycling where you can, taking shorter showers and particpating in great initiatives like Earth Hour and Clean Up Australia Day.
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.
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