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HI USA Sustainability Awards and Certifications

At HI USA, we’re always striving to meet and exceed the standards expected of us as a leader in sustainable travel. Our efforts have been recognized by national and local organizations and regulators.

National Awards 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.

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


Feature Sustainability Award

  • HI New York City

US Green Building Council of Massachusetts

  • Boston

Sustainability Quality Awards

  • HI Los Angeles Santa Monica

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

HI5 Awards

2017 Greenest Hostel 

  • 3rd Place – HI Truro

Among the Top 20:

  • HI Boston
  • HI Chicago
  • HI Hyannis
  • HI Martha’s Vineyard
  • HI Sacramento
  • HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

Network Wide Certifications

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.


Hostel Certifications


  • HI Boston (Silver – entire building)



TripAdvisor Green Leaders

  • HI New York City – Silver
  • HI Boston – Gold
  • HI San Diego Downtown – Silver

California (Bay Area) Green Business Program

  • HI Point Montara Lighthouse
  • HI Pigeon Point
  • HI Santa Cruz

Santa Monica Green Business

  • HI Los Angeles Santa Monica