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Our Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

HI USA is committed to a triple-pillar approach to sustainability, from the overnight hostel stay itself to education programs. Our hostels bring together travelers from more than 100 countries who are immersed in authentic, local experiences, while also sharing spaces and resources with their fellow travelers. HI USA hostels offer impact-driven activities and educational programs for travelers and locals alike that harness the principles of sustainable tourism, building a new generation of environmental stewards.

For more information on our sustainability Awards & Certifications and Environmental Standards, or to download our Environmental Impact Report, please visit our main sustainability page.

Million Gallon Challenge

Thanks to a $250,000 grant from, we’ve installed 750 SmartShowers in our hostels.  The revolutionary, high-tech shower heads change color based on shower length and have been programmed to inspire guests to reduce the average shower time by 30 seconds. By encouraging our guests to be more mindful of their water consumption, our goal is to save 1 million gallons of water.

Download the MGC Press Release

A Commitment to Leadership & Innovation

Each HI USA hostel customizes and prioritizes its sustainability efforts based on location, building, and community needs.

  • HI Boston: first LEED-certified accommodation in the city of Boston
  • HI Point Montara: grey-water recycling system funnels leftover laundry water to its garden
  • HI NYC: rapid in-vessel composter breaks down food waste generated on site
See Environmental Awards & Certifications by Hostel

Press Contact

For more information, please contact [email protected].