Posts tagged: Green Hostel

Hostelling International to open LEED

By , July 6, 2012 11:53 am

Hostelling International to open LEED registered hostel in Boston in time for summer tourism season

Boston, MA With a nod to sustainability and the modern budget traveler, Hostelling International USA will officially open its new hostel this June as the first LEED certified accommodations in the city, and the facility is aiming to be the first LEED Gold hostel in the country. The new hostel will be located in downtown at the intersection of the midtown cultural district, theatre district, and Chinatown.
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The hostel will feature 480 beds with great city views. Prices will start at $29 per guest per night, enticing budget travelers to experience Boston’s culture and history. And gone are the uncomfortable communal style bathrooms of the past as guests will enjoy 100 private bathrooms adjacent to each room.

The adaptive re-use of the building will help to integrate new and efficient green technologies and extraordinary features including recycled building materials, green elevators, and Energy Star appliances and equipment, all of which cater to the growing international trend toward more environmentally-conscious travel. The new building is also on track to become LEED Gold certified with the pending installation of proposed solar thermal panels once the required $90,000 in funding is raised.

“Our new hostel will promote eco-tourism globally. Guests in our facility will use less building energy and have less of an impact on the environment, which was one of our main goals when drafting the plan for our new hostel,” said Deborah Ruhe, executive director of Hostelling International New England. “And whether they come as part of a personal journey, or part of a class trip, our guests will enjoy safe, affordable accommodations.”

The impressive lobby, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a coffee shop, will support Hostelling International’s mission of promoting intercultural exchange between guests and the community by providing a place to congregate and connect. The building will also feature a community room which will be available for use by the public. This space will serve as a platform for educational and service programs such as Alternative Spring Break which gives volunteers from high schools and universities across the country the opportunity to visit the city and perform community service at local non-profits.

Hostelling International Boston will welcome more than 46,000 guests annually, 60% of which will be international visitors, and will target those between the ages of 18-30. The influx of hostellers is expected to generate more than $16 million of direct spending by tourists at city restaurants, entertainment venues, and sightseeing spots across the city, greatly enhancing the local economy.

Suffolk Construction is the construction management firm overseeing the development. The project involves the renovation of a 55,500 s/f six-story building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hostel is being designed by Boston architectural firms Bergmeyer Associates and Stegman + Associates.

The new Boston hostel will replace the current Boston hostel located in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.

Hostelling International Boston is a division of Hostelling International USA and Hostelling International New England, all of which are part of a worldwide, not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the cultural interchange by facilitating worldwide travel.

Project team includes:

General Contractor: Suffolk Construction

Architect: Bergmeyer Associates, Inc.

Architect: Stegman & Associates

Developer: GLC Development Resources, LLC

HI Supports Sustainable Hostel Operations

By , July 5, 2012 11:25 am

Hostelling International Supports Sustainable Hostel Operations In NYC
by Scott Parisi

On a very sunny New York City day, my team and I arrived at a historical building located on the corner of 103rd and Amsterdam Avenue on the upper west side of the incredible island of Manhattan. For the first time in the past several years, we were walking into a property that was not a typical hotel to conduct the onsite survey portion of our E2A Program (Energy Efficiency Analysis). Not knowing exactly what to expect when entering a youth hostel, I was energized and very frankly very surprised with the first impression; a lively and welcoming lobby, energetic staff, big communication boards filled with events, outings and places for their guests to visit while in NYC. Hostelling International –NY is Manhattan’s premier hostel and also the largest in North America. Throughout the property you find guests interacting from viewing movies in their cozy TV room to a quiet cup of coffee in the café. Hostelling International-NY has everything including the latest games on Play Station 2, business center, laundry room, shared kitchen, lockers and sundries.

The hostel is located steps from the subway and minutes from other major NYC attractions. The location and access to public transportation is the foundation of the many truly sustainable attributes that this and all of Hostelling International’s properties have in common -being natural stewards to the environment.The HI-USA Sustainability Standards, launched in 2009, is a formal Hostelling International-USA program to promote environmentally responsible hostel operations. The standards represent highly prioritized sustainability practices in both the overall hospitality industry and for hostels in particular.

This Resource Guide serves as a handbook for hostel operators in implementing the standards. For each standard, the Guide describes detailed specifications and environmental impacts, provides guidelines for implementation, and lists the data needed to quantify environmental and financial impacts.

Aaron Chafee, National Director of Hostels stated “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Energy audits are the first and most important step a hostel can take to improve energy efficiency. They will help you find simple ways to reduce your hostel’s carbon dioxide emissions by thousands of pounds annually—and lower your utility bills in the process.

Hostelling International –NY has engaged EcoGreenHotel to perform our E2A Program (Energy Efficiency Analysis) at the Manhattan property. As part of the program, we benchmarked the property’s current energy consumption through Energy Star Portfolio Manager, recommended proven energy conservations including an occupancy-based energy management system, LED lighting upgrades, laundry technologies and window energy conservation. We also evaluated cogeneration, renewable energy production including Solar PV and Solar Thermal.We even identified funding opportunities through the NYSERDA Smart Star Program as part of the energy efficiency program.

George Finn General Manager of Hostelling International-NY “The EcoGreenHotel team was very thorough with their evaluation and strategically identified which energy conservation measures made financial sense and which measures would have very lengthy returns on our investment.”

EGH is very pleased to be working with Hostelling International – NY and implementing strategic energy conservation measures identified during the energy efficiency analysis. In addition to their commitment to energy efficiency, Hostelling International-NYhas already implemented a comprehensive waste minimization program and a green purchasing program in place. Some food for thought in closing, the hostel industry were the founders of the “reuse” linen programs, they fill their buildings with more occupants per square footage than most, if not all, hotels in the country and have a built in culture of sustainability that shows through and through.

For more information call 888.229.0213 extension 803.

About EcoGreenHotel

EcoGreenHotel (Robbinsville, NJ), is a privately held company specializing solely in the hospitality industry by providing solutions for a broad spectrum of sustainability issues from energy efficiency to online marketing and green hotel products on The company provides information, tools, checklists, current news and trends to the hospitality industry through its website, EcoGreenHotel also provides customized consulting services tailored to the needs of the hospitality industry in the areas of energy efficiency and certifications, including LEED, Green Seal and Energy Star. For further information, email or call 888-229-0213.

About Hostelling International – USA

Hostelling International – USA is the American affiliate of the Hostelling Internationalnetwork of more than 4,000 hostels in over 80 countries, with nearly 60 hostels across the USA. As a national non-profit organization, they have been serving the needs of young travelers for more than 75 years.

Hostelling International – USA Mission”To help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.”

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