Awards & Certifications | HI USA Sustainabiliy

Awards & Certifications

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

National Awards:

Adrian Awards logo Grant

In 2018, HI USA was one of 5 organizations chosen out of hundreds to receive a grant to fund our dream sustainability project. Over the next 2 years, we will be installing 500 Hydrao Smart Shower heads with built-in LEDs that change color based on the length of time the shower is in use. Through visual cues, the shower head will indicate the suggested time to get out, with a goal to shave 30 seconds off the average hosteller shower and create a behavioral change among our guests.

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National Geographic Leader in Sustainable Tourism Award - Gold

Presented by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International in conjunction with National Geographic Traveler, the Leader in Sustainable Tourism award recognizes a person, company, or community for demonstrable leadership and innovation in preserving and communicating an authentic sense of place through a wisely managed tourism program. In 2017, HI USA was recognized with this honor out of more than 100 applicants.

Hostel Awards:

VA Green award

Virginia Green Travel Star Award

  • HI Richmond

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Feature Sustainability Award

  • HI New York City

US Green Building Council of Massachusetts

US Green Building Council of Massachusetts

  • HI Boston

Sustainable Quality Awards

Sustainable Quality Awards

  • HI LA Santa Monica

Sustainability Fund Competition

HI Sustainability Fund Competition


  • 2nd Place – Zero Waste Plan and In-vessel Composting at HI New York City


  • 2nd Place – Laundry-to-Landscape Graywater Harvesting System at HI Point Montara Lighthouse

HI 5ive awards

HI5 Awards

2017 Greenest Hostel:

  • 1st Place – HI Nantucket
  • 2nd Place: – Richmond
  • 3rd Place – HI Truro

2016 Greenest Hostel:

  • 1st Place – HI Portland Hawthorne

2015 Greenest Hostel:

  • 1st Place – HI Portland Hawthorne
  • 2nd Place – HI Truro
Among the Top 20:
  • HI Boston
  • HI Chicago
  • HI Hyannis
  • HI Marthas Vineyard
  • HI Nantucket
  • HI Sacramento
  • HI San Diego Point Loma
  • HI SF Fishermans Wharf

Network Wide Certifications:

EPA Green Power Partnership

EPA Green Power Partnership

HI USA is a certified EPA Green Power Partner. 100% of HI USA associate hostels are powered by 100% American Wind Energy.

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Green Globe

The following hostels are Green Globe certified:

  • HI Austin
  • HI Houston
  • HI Point Reyes
  • HI Point Montara Lighthouse
  • HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse
  • HI Monterey
  • HI Washington DC
  • HI New York City
  • HI Chicago
  • HI Boston
  • HI Portland Hawthorne


Hostel Certifications:

LEED Gold Award


  • HI Point Reyes (Gold - Annex)
  • HI Boston (Silver - entire building)

EnergyStar Award

Energy Star Certified

  • HI SF City Center (Perfect Score of 100)

Trip Advisor Green Leaders award

TripAdvisor Green Leaders

  • HI New York - Silver
  • HI Portland Hawthorne - Gold
  • HI Boston - Gold
  • HI San Diego Downtown - Silver
  • HI San Diego Point Loma - Silver
  • HI Washington DC - Gold
  • HI Houston - Bronze
  • HI Baltimore - Bronze

California (Bay Area) Green Business Program

California (Bay Area) Green Business Program

  • HI Point Montara Lighthouse
  • HI Pigeon Point
  • HI Santa Cruz
  • HI Marin Headlands
  • HI Monterey
  • HI Point Reyes

VA Green award

Virginia Green

  • HI Richmond

Santa Monica Green Business Award

Santa Monica Green Business

  • HI LA Santa Monica

Portland Sustainability at Work

City of Portland Sustainability at Work

  • HI Portland Hawthorne