Airbnb is pleased to be included in the Global Cleantech 100 ranking of companies around the world, a slate of companies judged to “represent the most innovative and promising ideas in cleantech and that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges,” according to the Cleantech Group’s release. Airbnb and our fellow 99 companies on the list were chosen by an expert panel from a pool of 9,000 nominations.
At Airbnb, we’ve been working with partners and our host community to promote and increase the sustainability of traveling through home sharing. Our new partnership with Vivint Smart Home will help US and Canadian hosts conserve energy and lower their energy costs. Our partnership with SolarCity makes it easier and cheaper for hosts and guests to power their homes with solar energy.
And last fall, Airbnb partnered with the Sydney Opera House in New South Wales, Australia on a campaign to showcase the iconic building’s sustainable design through tours of parts of the building not previously opened to the public, and promotion of how the Opera House staff conserves energy during their daily routines.
Home sharing is a sustainable option for travelers and for hosts looking to make extra income by using resources that already exist. We’ve had 15 of the 16 hottest years on record since 1998, with 2016 being the hottest ever. Growing concern about climate change is causing people, especially Millennials, to think more about conserving energy and keeping a light footprint.