acccording to AirBnB 88 % of hosts try to make their homes greener and 66% of travellers think travelling with AirBnB is more sustainable/eco-friendly. And AirBnB started the Global Office of healthy tourism also with the goal to improve sustainability which I am finding a great idea!
Nethertheless to my information there is currently no AirBnB activity in place to make hosting more sustainable/ecofriendly, displaying eco-oriented listings or support hosts to become greener.
I think AirBnB should start an effective sustainability initiative, which is also a future task of the newly founded Global Office of healthy torurism.
Therefore I would suggest a programm at AirBnB highlighting sustainable listings and help interested hosts to improve in this field by:
a) Criteria for sustainable features of listings (selfassesed by hosts and subsequently guests?)
Recycling and waste separation (@Quincy opened a discussion about that in the communities interests section)
Renewable energy use/solar
Energy efficiency (Building, Lighting, appliances, heating controls),
Using of ecofriendly cleaning/interior materials
what else? (water, green building standards...)
b) Establish a kind of green host badge like superhost or business ready if e.g. more than 3-4 of the above criteria are met by a host.
c) How-to guides to help interested hosts make their listings more sustainable and also lower costs for consumption of e.g. energy, cleaning chemicals..
As I see these issues to be important to many travellers and hosts I would like to see more systematic activity/support in this field by AirBnB in the future.
Would be great to read from you and and I´d like to help making AirBnB and hosting more sustainable 🙂