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
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
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.