The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce became the next organization in Jackson Hole to reach the Business Emerald Sustainability Tier (BEST) level of sustainability performance. The standards in the BEST program are comparable to the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive environmental, community, and economic sustainability criteria. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce joins a growing group of businesses including the Elk Refuge Inn, Flat Creek Ranch and Jackson Lake Lodge to achieve third-party sustainability certification by the Riverwind Foundation, the originator of the BEST program.
The BEST program was created to provide an opportunity and platform for those Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (RRR) Business Leaders that want to elevate their sustainability practices to higher levels of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic vitality.
Anna Olson, President and CEO of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce states, “At the Chamber we want to lead by example and show our members this path is achievable. We are committed to business sustainability and sustainable tourism in Jackson Hole and Teton County, Wyoming. Throughout the process to become BEST certified, we have learned the best practices to minimize waste, expand our knowledge of being green, reduce in-office air pollution, and make changes that affect our footprint as an organization.”
“We look forward to implementing all that we learned on a larger scale throughout the community, this includes environmentally conscious Chamber Events, educational and resource provisions for our membership, and behavior modeling for millions of visitors we see each year in our four Visitor Service locations” Olson added.
“Working with Riverwind Foundation to become BEST certified has been an enlightening journey and one we greatly value – we could not have gotten to the heightened level of sustainable operations without their guidance. We are proud to be BEST certified and hope to encourage other businesses within our community to join us in these important efforts.” Riley Frances Boone, Operations Manager, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.
The Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program is a collaboration coordinated by the Riverwind Foundation and its program partners, and supported by funding from the Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board and the lodging tax, USDA Rural Development, and many individuals, businesses, and organizations who support our community’s environmental, social, and economic sustainability.