The Portland Hawthorne Hostel is a 35-bed eco-hostel that serves an average of 3,800 world and American travelers per year. The hostel is designated as a Sustainable Living Center by its umbrella organization, Hostelling International USA.
- 75% of hostel staff commute to work via bicycle on a daily basis.
- Staff help guests use public transportation and offer discounted bike rentals. Guests traveling by bike receive $5 off per night.
- Rainwater is collected from the roof, funneled into the cisterns and pumped into the house to be filtered before being delivered to our toilets and urinal. This large-scale rainwater harvesting system consists of two 4,000-gallon cisterns, living walls, bioswales, a perennial culinary herb garden and a cascading waterfall salmon sculpture.
- A book exchange and a "free-bin" for extra clothing and travel goods reduce waste and encourage reuse.
- In 2001 the hostel built the first ecoroof on Hawthorne Blvd. In 2008 they built a new common room, using sustainable materials such as recycled jean insulation, FSC certified wood, bamboo flooring, salvaged windows and doors, and Metro recycled.
3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97209