Vote Now in the HI Sustainability Fund 2015 Competition!
**The voting period has ended, stay tuned for the 2016 edition of the Competition!**
Have your say in the HI Sustainability Fund Competition 2015! All our running projects are on deck to impress; the projects leaders are now waiting for you to deliberate!
So far, the HI Sustainability Fund has allowed ideas to bloom, emissions of CO2 to lower, solar energy to be created, and the environment to benefit. And you can help enhancing the effect! You will find the voting survey link at the end of the description of each project and on this page. Scroll down to learn more about the participating projects, the competition and the jury members and to vote!
Estimation of number of tonnes CO2 reduced: 15 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Project: This project consists in implementation of existing solar power installation at HI-Athabasca Falls in the Jasper National Park in Alberta to become totally independent of the current diesel generator in operation. The project also includes an educational dimension, giving information to guests and employees through signage about the off-grid power system. Read more
Estimation of number of tonnes CO2 reduced: 16.3 tonnes of CO2 per year
Project: The Sill (UK’s first dedicated landscape discovery centre) will attract more than 100,000 visitors each year to the all-weather, year-round facility that will incorporate a new Youth Hostel, YHA Hadrian’s Wall, retail facilities and a café. Read more
Estimation of number of tonnes CO2 reduced: 4.2 tonnes of CO2e emissions per year. It will also avoid the burning of about 2,000 litres of fuel per year.
Project: This project consists of the implementation of solar cells on the main building to warm cold water and to limit the use of the fuel oil boiler. Indeed, a solar water heater does not succeed in covering all of the hot water needs of the Youth Hostel, especially when the period of sunshine is too low or when the hot water demand is occasionally too high. That is why the Youth Hostel chose this project.
Estimation of number of tonnes CO2 reduced: 28 tonnes of CO2 per year
Project: HI Iceland joins forces with Landvernd, the Icelandic Environment Association in order to offset the CO2 emissions of staff and guests staying at the HI Iceland Hostels by offering them the chance to take part in restoration and carbon sequestration initiatives.
Estimation of number of tonnes CO2 reduced: 400 tonnes of CO2 per year
Project: The main purpose of the installation of this system is to increase the energy efficiency of the water heating and air conditioning systems in the hostel . Read more
Estimation of number of tonnes CO2 reduced: 1,168 tonnes of CO2 per year
Project: Programme to involve guest in the realisation of an investment in wind energy. By developing an extra tool on our website where guests can offset the CO2 emissions of their stay. The total amount obtained from the voluntary fee will be invested in wind energy. Read more
Estimation of number of tonnes CO2 reduced: 5.2 tonnes of CO2 per year
Project: To install and promote charging stations for EV cars in hostels in designated areas in Norway where we believe the environmental benefits will be the greatest. Read more
Estimation of number of tonnes CO2 reduced: 83.2 tonnes of CO2 per year
Project: To quantify the amount of GHG emissions which are released into the atmosphere as a result of our daily activities or the commercialisation of a product. To carry out and encourage the participation in environmental education activities aimed at reducing the carbon footprint. Read more
Estimation of number of tonnes CO2 reduced: 152 tonnes of CO2 per year
Project: We will be partnering with a developer to install solar panels at as many feasible locations across our network as possible. In our agreement, the developer will own and maintain the systems while we get an instant discount on the renewable electricity generated. The savings can then be reinvested immediately into other energy efficiency and sustainability education programs. This assessment will provide the developer with all the information they need to determine solar feasibility for 38 of our hostels. Our goal is for the developer to install 5-10 systems in the first phase. Read more
Let the associations know that you value their project
Your vote will allow for reduction of CO2 emissions in our network.
The Hostelling International Sustainability Fund (HISF) was launched in April 2012. The idea of this being that the HI traveller can donate a small amount of money per overnight stay through our booking platform www.hihostels.com to the HISF in order to help our network to finance projects to reduce their CO2 emissions. Following a great success in the first two editions, the HI Sustainability Fund will award the best hostel projects with a grant from the fund again this year!
However, this year’s events will feature a new and exciting twist! One third of the decisional power will be given to you, through our voting survey, and the two other thirds of the decisional power will be assumed by an international jury and the sustainability coordinators of the National Associations that are part of HI. We are asking our guests, members and the general public to help us select the project to win the HISF 2015 by voting for their favourite project/s. The voting period opens on the 5th of October 2015 and closes on 5th of December 2015.
4 international figures able in the area of sustainability have kindly accepted to be part of our jury for the HI Sustainability Fund 2015 Competition:
So far, this competition has granted 6 great projects with a total of £105,000 :
Runners up: Shining hostels, in Brazil (see their project); Paris Yves Robert YH, in France (see their project); HI Iceland, in Iceland (see their project); Stayokay, in the Netherlands (see their project); YHA Rotorua, in New Zealand (see their project); Seohae Youth Hostel (Timber House), in South Korea (see their project); Youth Hostel “Mar i Vent”, in Spain (see their project); Davos Youth Hostel, in Switzerland (see their project); Dubai Youth Hostel, in UAE (see their project).
Runners up: Grampians Eco YHA, in Australia; Youth Hostel Sucre, YH El Villar and YH La Paz, in Bolivia; Shining hostels, in Brazil; HI Kananaskis, in Canada; Heart 2 Heart Youth Hostel, in China; Reykjavík Downtown Hostel, Loft Hostel and Reykjavík City Hostel, in Iceland; Youth Hostel Ein-Gedi, in Israel; Youth Hostel Nuovo Ostello di Bergamo, YH Mergellina Naples and YH Villa Camerata Florence, in Italy; Stayokay, in the Netherlands; YHA Rotorua, in New Zealand; HI Slovenia, in Slovenia; Davos Youth Hostel, in Switzerland. Should you be interested in seeing the details of any of these projects, please leave us a comment.
In addition to the winning grants, we believe that sharing of ideas on sustainability is an important step forward. Not only did the hostels that presented a project during the past editions get to put down a detailed plan which otherwise may not have been put into action; they also were able to compare their work to that of others, and to learn and share with inspiring sustainability agents within our network.
Thank you for your contribution!