Sustainability at HI Richmond Hostel
Our mission is to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling. We envision that hostellers become caring world citizens who are catalysts for international exchange and understanding and who are stewards of the earth.
According to the UN Environment Program, the global tourism industry accounts for 5-14% of global greenhouse gas emissions. We must recognize that while travel carries economic and social benefits, there are also negative byproducts.
In order to mitigate the environmental impact of our organization, HI USA has adapted several strategies to monitor and reduce our footprint. Guests are encouraged to make environmentally conscious decisions while staying at hostels, during their travels, and upon their return home.
HI USA’s sustainability goals include wastewater reduction, energy efficiency, and aggressive recycling. Hostellers focus on the essentials and are more likely to travel light. They often choose public transit and shop local as part of their adventure. Shared spaces in the hostel means less resources consumed per guest. Our hostels use less than half the water and energy of Energy Star hotels! 100% of our electricity will come from wind power in 2016 and 2017!
(Logo Courtesy of Virginia Green)
HI Richmond is part of the Virginia Green program, which is a voluntary program where participants pledge to lower their impact on the environment. Virginia Green’s program core activities for lodging establishments include optional linen service, recycling opportunities for guests, reduction of solid waste, water conservation, and energy conservation.
At HI Richmond we use green cleaning products, point-of-use water heaters, and have LED lights in nearly every fixture. The free laundry available for guests, as well as housekeeping laundry is both water and energy efficient.
HI Richmond is located in the old Otis Elevator Company building. Adaptive reuse construction saves resources, reduces waste and preserves local character.
(Photo Courtesy of HI Richmond)
Richmond is an outdoor-friendly city, and so HI Richmond aims to be as well. HI Richmond has indoor bike storage for guests, and is located in the middle of the RVA Bikeways system. A map of the complete system can be found here.
HI Richmond is a popular lodging choice for travelers on Virginia’s Capital Trail, the paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that connects the Commonwealth’s past and present capitals of Jamestown and Richmond along the Scenic Route 5 corridor. The Capital Trail traverses approximately 52 miles, four jurisdictions, and more than 400 years of history along one of the first established inland routes in North America.
(Photo Courtesy of Richmond Region Tourism)
If you have any questions about sustainability at HI Richmond, please contact Manon Loustaunau at firstname.lastname@example.org
Address & Contact
To learn more about the hostel or how to become a volunteer, contact Manon Loustaunau, Community Engagement Liaison, at email@example.com.