August 25 2020
Jackson, Wyoming: August 25, 2020 – The Riverwind Foundation is excited to announce that Teton County, Wyoming has achieved sustainable destination certification. Teton County / Jackson Hole is the first travel and tourism destination to be EarthCheck certified in North America. EarthCheck is the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification, and advisory group for travel and tourism. EarthCheck’s Sustainable Destinations program is designed to empower local communities to take ownership of sustainability goals and build on local initiatives. Destination certification has been a goal of the Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program since its inception in 2014 and a milestone in the progress of community partnerships created to strengthen the sustainability programs, policies, and practices in Jackson Hole. Teton County was evaluated on 266 criteria in 12 key performance areas, including energy efficiency and conservation, ecosystem conservation, waste management, cultural and social management, and economic management. The story of how Teton County achieved EarthCheck certification can be found HERE. Stewart Moore the CEO and Founder of EarthCheck congratulated Teton County on both its strong community vision for sustainable tourism and its commitment to environmental stewardship which is reflected in the destinations impressive water, waste and energy initiatives. Mr Moore noted that […]
Our community and region have a significant history of stewardship beginning with the creation of the world's first national park, Yellowstone National Park, in 1872. This achievement was followed by the establishment of the Caribou-Targhee and Bridger-Teton National Forests, the National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, Wild & Scenic River status for the Snake River and protection of much of the Wyoming Range, including the recent buyout of gas exploration leases.
Over 140 years after this beginning, our profound history of stewardship continues with Teton County being recognized for its commitment to sustainability by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The GSTC has included Teton County in 2012 as one of only six destinations worldwide to participate in the GSTC Early Adopters Program. - Continue Reading