At the Short Term Accommodation Association Australia (STAAA), we are committed to promoting and practicing sustainability in the short term rental industry and making a difference. We recognise the importance of preserving the environment, supporting local communities, and fostering responsible tourism. Our sustainability statement encompasses the following principles:
1. Environmental Stewardship:
We understand the impact of short term rentals on the environment and are dedicated to minimising our carbon footprint. We encourage our members to implement eco-friendly practices, including the avoidance of single-use plastics, the use of energy-efficient appliances, waste reduction strategies and the incorporation of renewable energy sources wherever possible. By adopting these measures, we aim to contribute to the conservation of natural resources and mitigate climate change.
2. Responsible Hosting:
We believe in responsible hosting practices that respect the environment and the communities in which our members rentals are located. Our members are encouraged to provide guests with information on local conservation efforts, eco-friendly transportation options and sustainable activities. We support the notion of leaving a positive mark on the destinations we serve.
3. Community Engagement:
As an organisation, we strive to build strong ties with local communities. We encourage our members to actively engage with their neighbours and support local businesses. By promoting local products and services, we contribute to the economic growth and the well-being of the communities we operate in, fostering a sense of shared responsibility and giving back where possible.
4. Guest Education:
We are committed to educating our members about sustainability and the importance of responsible travel. Through our communication channels, we inform members about recycling practices, energy conservation and the significance of preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the destinations they visit. We believe that informed members and their guests are more likely to make environmentally conscious choices during their stay.
5. Advocacy and Collaboration:
We advocate for sustainable policies and regulations within the short term rental industry. By collaborating with stakeholders, governments, and environmental organisations, we seek to address challenges and find innovative solutions for a more sustainable future. We actively participate in initiatives that promote sustainable tourism and foster a dialogue on responsible practices.
6. Continuous Improvement:
We understand that sustainability is an ongoing journey. As an organisation, we are committed to continuously improving our practices and standards. We regularly review our sustainability initiatives and seek feedback from our members and partners to identify areas where we can enhance our impact positively. By adhering to this sustainability statement, we aim to be at the forefront of driving positive change in the short term rental industry. Together with members, hosts and partners, we will work towards a more sustainable, responsible and environmentally conscious future for all.