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The international "Green Key" label

Ever more concerned about preserving the environment by engaging in an active approach to sustainable development, the FUAJ has invested in the implementation of the Green Key label in its establishments. To date, 35 youth hostels have been awarded the label, and this number is increasing every year.

The Green Key, created in 1994 in Denmark, is an international label : it rewards tourist accommodations for their dynamism in environmental management. This label was adapted in 1998 to French campsites by the French office of the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe (of-FEEE), in consultation with the professionals (FNHPA). Then, it was extended to hotels and gradually developed to all categories of tourist accommodation.

Since the beginning of 2010, HI France has participated in the adaptation of this label to youth hostels.

This label also aims at environmental education. The evolving criteria for awarding this label ensure that efficient environmental management is maintained.

Candidates for the Green Key label must meet a set of criteria based on

7 themes

the policy
environmental

awareness raising
to the environment

management
of waste

management
of water

management
of energy

purchases
managers

the framework
of life

HI France youth hostels awarded the « Green Key » label

auberge de jeunesse Amiens
Amiens – Edith Arnoult-Brill
A perfect compromise for a stay between heritage discovery and nature break in the Little Venice of the North.
Annecy
A panoramic view of Lake Annecy for a stay between city relaxation and sports activities, summer and winter.
Arles
In Arles, the youth hostel is located close to the city center and the most important ancient sites of the region.
Belle-Île-en-Mer – Haute Boulogne
A real paradise for nature and sea spray lovers who enjoy a 100% oxygen stay in Brittany.
Boulogne-sur-Mer – Annette Allan-Lantz
Whether you're heading to London, Paris or Brussels, the youth hostel is the ideal place for anyone traveling in Europe.
Cadouin
An unusual stay in an abbey and a trip back in time is what the youth hostel of Cadouin offers you.
Cahors – Le Chai
Close to the train station, the youth hostel in Cahors offers a roof terrace with an exceptional view of the Valentré Bridge.
Cancale – Mont Saint-Michel Bay
With its feet in the water, in a cove on the beach, the Cancale youth hostel offers a total change of scenery.
Cassis
In the heart of the Calanques with an incredible view of the sea, the Cassis youth hostel offers an authentic experience.
Chamonix
Chamonix – Mont-Blanc
The Chamonix Mont-Blanc youth hostel is a comfortable mountain chalet, located in front of the Aiguille du Midi.
auberge de jeunesse Chamrousse
Chamrousse
In summer and winter, the Chamrousse youth hostel is the best place to be close to the activities.
Cherbourg
An exceptional location for the Cherbourg youth hostel located in a former Navy building.
Clermont-Ferrand
Discover the youth hostel in Clermont-Ferrand located 10 minutes walk from the train station in the new ecoquarier of the city.
Genêts – Mont-Saint-Michel Bay
An authentic place located a few meters from the departure of the great crossing of the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel.
Grenoble Agglomeration
Grenoble - Agglomeration youth hostel offers a green setting less than 10 minutes by bus from the city center.
Île de Groix
Lovers of the Atlantic and Breton islands, discover this unusual accommodation on the edge of a cliff in the middle of nature.
La Clusaz
A mountain chalet located at 1250m altitude on the ski slopes with an exceptional view of the Aravis valley.
Le Mont-Dore – Chalet le Grand Volcan
Close to the Puy de Sancy in the Massif Central, the youth hostel Le Mont-Dore welcomes nature lovers.
Lille – Stéphane Hessel
In the capital of Flanders, Lille youth hostel welcomes you in an eco-friendly building with futuristic architecture.
Lorient
A haven of peace and relaxation in the middle of nature on the edge of the Ter pond but also close to all the activities of the city.
Marseille – Château de Bois Luzy
Stay in a Second Empire style castle located in a quiet and wooded area with a panoramic view.
Nice – Les Camélias
A beautiful traditional villa with patio and terrace located in the heart of Nice near the Promenade des Anglais.
Nîmes – La Cigale
Ideally located in the heart of an olive grove in an enclosed botanical park, Nîmes youth hostel is a haven of peace.
Paris – Yves Robert
Enjoy the Paris Yves Robert youth hostel, a green space in an eco-neighborhood near the Butte Montmartre.
Poitiers
The youth hostel is located in a quiet area with a wooded park where you can enjoy many activities in the nature.
Pontarlier
The youth hostel in Pontarlier is located in the city center and close to the train station. It is the ideal starting point for discovering the Jura Mountains.
Pontivy
An atypical stay in this old flour mill located on a small island of greenery in the heart of downtown Pontivy.
Rennes
The Rennes youth hostel is an old traditional building located on the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin and close to the metro.
Rochefort
Located in a natural and protected area, Rochefort youth hostel welcomes you in a quiet environment.
Rouen – The Robec
At Rouen youth hostel, you stay in the rehabilitated former Auray dye house near the city center.
Saint-Brieuc – Manor of the city Guyomard
At the youth hostel in Saint-Brieuc, you stay in an unusual place, a 15th century Breton manor.
Séez
A typical mountain chalet on the edge of the forest to enjoy many activities in summer and winter in the Northern Alps.
Serre Chevalier
The Serre Chevalier youth hostel is comfortable, friendly and within walking distance of the slopes in the winter or the activities in the summer.
Strasbourg – 2 rives
On the banks of the river Rhine, in the green setting of the Jardin des 2 Rives, Strasbourg youth hostel is in the heart of Europe.