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YHA YHA Pen-y-Pass Wins Sustainability Fund
    07/10/2013 02:20

YHA Pen-y-Pass Wins Sustainability Fund

Last week saw the winners of the Hostelling International 2013 Sustainability Fund announced with fantastic results for YHA.

The HI Sustainability fund encourages sustainable tourism, promoting greater care of the countryside and appreciation for global cultures and values. The fund is awarded to help hostels achieve their environmental visions. The fund encourages hostels and their tourists to become environmentally and socially aware – travelling with a conscience.

YHA Pen-y-Pass, situated at the base of Snowdon in Wales, beat off stiff competition from REAJ in Spain and HI-USA to win the first place prize of £25,000 which will be used towards achieving their sustainability plans over the next year.

Their plan includes introducing renewable energy sources at the hostel, cutting down on the consumption of oil, reducing CO2 emissions and using less water. It has been estimated that all of these things will reduce the hostel’s carbon emissions by 86% - which is astonishing!

Not only this, but Pen-y-Pass is encouraging people to leave their cars at home and try walking, cycling and public transport wherever possible. They are also upping their recycling, using foods which have been locally grown and hiring staff from their local community.

All this means that not only are YHA Pen-y-Pass helping to look after the planet, they are also helping to look after the local area. The hostel is to be awarded the Green Dragon Environmental Standard for everything they have done so far.

Thank you to everyone who voted for YHA and we look forward to seeing the sustainability plans at Pen-y-Pass come to life.

By Harry Hosteller

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