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Vote for your Favourite Project Now: HISF 2019

Winners of HI Sustainability Fund 2019 

YHA England&Wales was awarded £10,000 for their project Helping to Fight the Plastic Crisis, One School Group at a Time

Albergue Paradiso, REAJ was awarded £7,500 towards their project Energy Everywhere

YHA Israel was awarded £3,085 for their project Water Heating System in Mtizpe Ramon

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone that contributed to deciding on the 2019 winning projects from over 4,500 votes and fantastic comments of support for all the projects involved.

Would you like to support the HI Sustainability Fund?
All donations go towards supporting our sustainable mission and programmes.

The Hostelling International Sustainability Fund (HISF) is sustained by the generosity of conscientious travellers that have donated to the fund through our booking platform www.hihostels.com. The main objective of the fund is to highlight and promote a sustainable mindset, while working towards achieving Carbon neutrality across the HI network. To date over 600 tonnes of Carbon are offset annually through projects awarded by the fund. Going forward we are looking for projects to adopt a more holistic approach in their contribution towards Carbon reduction. As such, this year we ask that applicants combine an environmental, social and economic aspect to their project in line with those set out in HI’s Ten Areas of Sustainable Hostelling. Take a look at our Global Initiatives 

Your Vote Matters!

We want your help to decide which projects will be granted the HI Sustainability Fund for 2018/2019.
For a quick re-cap, the HI Sustainability fund was started in 2013 to highlight and promote sustainable initiatives across the HI network, over £148,252 had been raised to date, supporting 16 projects which contribute towards offsetting over 600 tonnes of Carbon per year. Over 55,000 unique public votes have been collected since 2013, helping us to decide which projects to award.
Read more about previous HISF winners and how we support climate justice.

The total amount generated by the fund this year is £20,585 GBP.
This will support three projects with the following amounts.

1st prize

£10,000 GBP

2nd prize 

£7,500 GBP

3rd prize 

£3,085 GBP

The Projects

Click below to find out more about the 6 projects up for the fund this year. Read though each and vote for your top two.

Solar Panel Installation, HI Calgary, Canada
Fighting the Plastic Crisis, YHA England and Wales
Water Heating System, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel
Zero Waster @ Hostel Tresor Bar, Slovenia
Energy Everywhere, Alberges Paradiso, Spain
A Rooftop Full of Solar Panels, HI-USA

Support your Favourite Project and Vote Now

The vote is split in three ways each adding up to a third of the overall vote

One third of the decision will be based on the public vote.
Public voters will receive two votes allowing them to support two different projects.

Sustainability coordinators across the HI Network will make up of the next third of the voting contribution.

An international jury will decide on the final third of the vote.

The International Jury

Voting is now closed

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