At Shady Spruce Hostel we consider the concepts of sustainability to be the heartbeat of the hospitality service we offer to 16 guests every day. We strive to be more mindful of the perpetual environmental impact of our existence, and then reach for pathways that lead towards sustainable living and environmental protection.

     Our actions help describe the principle reasons we are able to offer guests such high standards of service at a relatively low carbon output price. We are not interested in squeezing every last resource and cent out of our guests just because visiting our state and city is a highly desirable venture. We are committed to local owner-operated repair and maintenance companies and prioritize building fair and long-term relationships with our suppliers.

     Working as a licensed commercial "lodging house" we are highly aware of the impact tourism may have on neighbors.  As such we embrace historic preservation, neighborly involvement at community events and open invitations at outreach programs we offer.

     Standing as a corporate-lodging alternative, the Shady Spruce experience occurs within a historically significant and repurposed structure built in 1887. As such, our award-winning renovations in 2015 employed state of the art HVAC systems, energy efficiency retrofits, water conservation methods, composting, a human powered transportation workshop, and an on-site recycling center.

     Similarly, our cleaning supplies and bathing soaps are Green Seal certified and paper products made from 100% post consumer recycled fibers. The hostel is fortunate to contract with local environmentally conscious laundry services.

     As part of community outreach programming, we're proud to offer a seasonal speaker series dedicated to exploring how the concepts of sustainability can be defined through music, art, social justice, building efficiency, resource conservation, wildlife protection, and wilderness preservation.  Please contact us if you are a sustainability minded group leader interested in hosting an event at the hostel.