Smylies Accommodation Mission Statement
To deliver services to customers which enrich their understanding of others and the environment.
by providing quality accommodation and travel experiences.
Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Smylies enforces these commitments thru utilising the YHA triple bottom line reporting, which considers the social, environmental and economic performance of the Association and implement the foundations into Smylies Accommodation.
• Commitment to a work environment which respects and supports staff.
• Providing hostel accommodation experiences which encourage interpersonal, educational and cross-cultural experiences.
• Participating in local communities so that hostels contribute to the social fabric of those communities.
• Maintain environmental practices which limit impact on the environment.
• Develop and maintain hostels as Sustainable Living Centres.
• Embracing the values of sustainability in making financial decisions.
• Committing resources and finance in support of triple bottom line activity and projects.
The International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF) seeks to encourage awareness and good practice among its member Associations, so enabling the Youth Hostel movement to play its part in environmental conservation. In order to enable execution of this objective, the IHYF has addressed seven basic areas which constitute the foundation of its environmental policy:
Management and purchasing policies to avoid and minimise waste, facilitate recycling and minimise the use of materials harmful to the environment will be adopted. Water consumption will be reduced through measures to minimise water waste.
Associations will commit themselves to the use of recycled or part recycled products wherever feasible. They will also commit to recycling as many resources as possible, such as paper, glass, metal, plastic and organic materials, and develop the necessary changes in operations to implement comprehensive recycling practices. Where there are no available recycling Facilities, emphasis will be placed on avoiding and minimising waste.
Associations will use reasonable means, including assistance from local authorities and other agencies, to minimise pollution. As the largest single source of pollution from the operation of hostels is disposal of waste, pollution will be minimised through the use of efficient and environmentally acceptable methods of waste reduction and disposal.
(4) Energy Conservation
Associations will monitor energy consumption and seek to minimise energy usage in its hostels and operations. IYHF will seek to encourage use of renewable energy resources and promote projects to this end where possible.
Associations will encourage use of available public transport. Alternatively, car sharing will be encouraged. Full information on public transport will be supplied at all youth hostels. Car borne hostellers will be encouraged to discover the surrounding area by public transport, bicycle or on foot.
Long term parking will be provided at hostels, where possible, to encourage this.
Associations will be supportive of the formation of nature reserves, national parks, and other specially designated areas to provide both wildlife habitats and for public recreation. Associations will wherever practical reserve part of the hostel grounds for a "wild garden" where diverse plants or weeds specific for a particular species of wildlife could be grown.
(7) Environmental Education
Activities and displays promoting the importance of adopting environmental practices, changing personal habits, and emphasising the individual’s ability to influence change positively will be a featured part of the hostel experience.
Associations will consider making specific provision for environmental education at suitable youth hostels. Youth hostels can be suitable centres for locating environmental education material such as Teachers' Packs, Project/Work Cards, leaflets and posters.