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Hidden Villa Hostel , Silicon Valley, Ca -
The oldest operating hostel in the United States, it was originally founded by Josephine and Frank Duveneck in 1937. Nowadays it is run by a non-profit organization with the mission of "Inspiring a just and sustainable future through our programs, land and legacy". With a beautiful setting on a 1,600-acre organic farm and wilderness preserve in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountain, it offers miles of hiking trails. The main building was rebuilt in 2001 to showcase environmentally sustainable technology and design.
Humboldt Bay Eco Hostel, California -
A proposed new facility, part of the Centre for Sustainable Living, the Eco-Hostel is designed to offer lodging for 92 people in double occupancy rooms, dorms and eco-cottages, on a three acre waterfront site. The Centre provides environmental research, sustainability conferences, Green business incubation, exhibits and tours and hands-on workshops.
Shadowcliff, Rocky Mountain National Park -
An eco-friendly mountain sanctuary and retreat run by Bridging The Gap, whose vision is to make the Kansas City region sustainable by connecting environment, economy and community. Accommodation is in the larger lodges or simple cabins. Catering can be provided for larger groups, otherwise self-catering facilities are provided. Fantastic hiking and they run a series of sustainability workshops.
Gramms Inn Hostel , tampa -
Crazy hostel in Tampa with music themed rooms and a simulated railroad Station Depot and Sleeper Car, over-sized in ground Jacuzzi and BYOB Bar in the courtyards.
Hostel in the Forest, Brunswick -
A centre for the promotion and teaching of environmental sustainability -it is both a spiritual retreat, and a hostel for travelers. They teach a hands-on approach to a sustainable lifestyle with activities such as alternative building and organic gardening. Accommodation is in geodesic domes and a bunkhouse built by volunteers in 120 acres of forest and wetlands. Strong on green issues -especially use of energy and recycling, they take a stand against plastics, which you will be asked to take home with you.
Hedonisia Eco Hostel, Hawaii -
Describes itself as one of the most eco-friendly hostels in Hawaii -their aim is to "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle". They have just ten spaces on offer, over a 4 acre rainforest site. There are a variety of lodging options -tent, hut, cotage or love-bus. They also run a volunteer programme with a variety of interesting roles from artists to eco-builders.
Pahoa Hostel and Poho'iki Organic Farm, Pahoa -
Set on an organic farm with many varieties of fruit trees, herbs, and vegetables, their vision is for a new age atmosphere where guests can teach/study yoga, dance, healing, massage, music, permaculture, nutrition, spirituality, philosophy, and other new age practices. Work exchange for accommodation is possible (two hours per day)
St. Ignatius camp and hostel -
Beautiful scenery is the backdrop to this simple yet comfortable hostel and tipi site beneath the mission mountains in an indian reservation.
New York
Eco-Hostel at The Farm, Summertown -
A "Hippie Heritage" rustic eco-hostel located within the center of The Farm,
one of the USA's most successful intentional communities, and home to Gaia University. The hostel is a converted multi-family dwelling dating from early days of the Farm -it was originally constructed from scrap Army tents and recycled windows, lumber and nails. There are three dormitories, three private bedrooms, two cabins and a campground which provide a comfortable lodging experience.
Hostelling International, Austin -
Developed as a sustainable living centre, HI Austin has been collecting power from the solar panels on its roof, replacing them with second generation PVs in 2003. The hostel is a member of the City of Austin Green Choice Programme, supporting wind power, and is big on recycling. As well as serving the wider public, they often provide accommodation non-profit groups, and especially encourages those concerned with environmental education.
Anvil motel bunkhouse, Jackson Hole -
Good simple old-fashioned bunkhouse with 25 bunk beds -clean, comfortable and inexpensive.
Washington DC
HI-Washington,Washington DC -
Energy Star rated hostel, that sets out to be a 'steward of the environment'. They are big on using recycled materials, and low emissitivy building products. The aim to spread the word with information and movie nights on environmental topics.
See also Eco lodges in the United States.

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