(English) Meet the 2017 HISF Competition winners!

gennaio 10, 2018
Patricia

It is with great pleasure, excitement and lots and lots of butterflies in our stomach that we present to you the winners of the 2017 HISF Competition! **Insert fireworks here**

But first…

THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE! Thank you for supporting your favourite projects and investing some of your precious time to recognise our network`s efforts in sustainability <3

1st place

FOOD WITH A CONSCIENCE – VEGETABLE GARDEN AT ALTITUDE – AUBERGE DE JENESSE DE LA CLUSAZ – FUAJ – France

“I think that it is a great opportunity to provide with vegetables the production and educate the guests around this concept; provide by the surroundings by balancing the menus and reducing meat consumption. It does not required big investment but very efficient and well thought” – Member of the International Jury

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Grant: £10,000

About the project: Creation of a vegetable garden in permaculture in 1,250 metres in height with 100% organic, local, fair-trades meals or produced in the Youth Hostel and in favor of vegetarianism.

2nd place

A PATH TOWARD ZERO WASTE AT HI NEW YORK CITY – HI USA – United States

” This idea is the most innovative of all. It is big effort in a dense city as NYC to have their own composting system. […] As I mentioned, I also think the communication of the idea to reach as many customers as possible is important.” – Member of the International Jury

Project USA

Grant: £6,000

About the project: An in‐vessel composter will give the hostel a key tool to implement a complete waste separation program with the aim of one day achieving zero waste. The hostel currently recycles 25% of its waste, but this piece of equipment alone will help get near 50%. With better communication and equipment as part of this project, our recycling rate will increase as well. The goal is a 75% diversion rate (recycling plus composting) by 2020.

3rd place

BIO-ALBERGUE LUG2 – REAJ – Spain

“The education and community engagement value is high and the entrepreneur component relevant for replication.” – Member of the International Jury

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Grant: £3,799.97

About the project: This project consists of the Bio transformation of both the facilities and the use of them and their own activities. It aims to reduce CO2 emissions through the use of LED lighting, implement campaigns to educate the city on sustainable hostelling, promote sustainability through Non-Regulated Housing Education programs, include sustainability through the hostel’s entrepreneurial spaces and create sustainable tourism packages.

Runner-up

HEATING PUMPS – SAVING ENERGY WHILE HEATING WATER IN MITZPE RAMON HOSTEL – HI ISRAEL – Israel

“[…] The ROI is impressive. it is an effective project for an isolated hostel in the desert. Reducing as much as possible your emissions before asking the guests is always the way I see moving forward” – International Jury Member

Israel project

We would like to congratulate all the authors of the candidate projects that gave their all to elaborate original initiatives, to share them internally and externally and to think about the impact of hospitality and tourism on the environment. By doing so, they prove that they are responsible and that they care about respecting the planet in order for future generations to be able to enjoy all the wonders it offers every day.

 Oh, did you know?

CONGRATULATIONS#

This year, the HI Sustainability Fund Competition was celebrating its 5th anniversary!

Already 5 years that you`ve embarked on this journey with us, donating for environmental good.

Already 5 years of reduction of CO2 emissions through innovative projects.

Already 5 years that this competition is supporting the delivery of our mission.

We are already looking forward to the next edition!

On top of it, 2017 was a very special year for HI and the tourism and hospitality industry: it was the International UN Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. We work on all our programmes with the principles of Sustainable Development in mind; we are glad that you care as much as we do. Go here to see what we have been up to in 2017, and will keep working on in 2018 and beyond!

At HI, We are proud to provide you with a choice of accommodation providers that value the environment and communities.

Safe (and sustainable) travels!

Congrats

4 Comments. Leave new

Harvey Botzman
30 gennaio 2018 10:18

I would like the 2018-19 HISF entries to include a way to market the proposed sustainability idea to their community should the idea prove to be effective. E. g., In the case of the HI New York City, a current winner, the hostel should hold meetings at its building for building owners within it its NYC community district and for the NYC Housing Authority, which has a housing project immediately adjacent to HI-NYC.

Nick & Marilyn McGreal
30 gennaio 2018 10:36

What an excellent result!
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be involved in the choice and we wish all participants including HI all the very best for what promises to be an exciting future.
Nick & Marilyn.

Sessi Akojenu
31 gennaio 2018 01:36

Hostelling International is simply great.

Good to know

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