Sustainability encompasses both environmental and social impact, which HI USA believes are equally important. We take care of ensuring your stay is eco-friendly, and we’ll help you pump up your social impact by making it easy to live like a local, experience other cultures, and make a difference.

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HI Sustainability Fund 2016

Our plan is to install a system which reuses water from the laundry machines, called graywater, to irrigate several signature gardens around the hostel. Our goal is to recycle 85% of all the water consumed at the hostel to irrigate local sustainable gardens.

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Leave Your Green Footprint

If we have a hostel there, we know the area inside and out. With many key attractions just a walk or bike ride from the hostel, a city can become quite easy to navigate without increasing your carbon footprint.

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Our Journey to Sustainability

From retrofitting historic buildings in New York City and Chicago, to repurposing lighthouses in California, HI USA has sought to operate our hostels in an environmentally responsible manner, measuring and communicating our impacts to the hostel community and the public.

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Hostel Environmental Standards

HI USA’s hostels must be compliant with a range of environmental best practices to maintain their sustainability certifications. See the list of environmental best practices followed by our green hostels across the country.

EPA Green Power Partnership

Awards & Certifications

HI USA is a global leader in the Sustainable Tourism movement. Check out the certifications we've earned throughout the years, recognizing our efforts.