BEST Certification

Do you want to be one of the BEST?


The Elk Refuge Inn does!  We are pleased to announce that ERI has become the first Jackson Hole BEST Sustainability Certified business! Monay Olson, Owner of the Shine Group (including the Elk Refuge Inn) states “Creating a positive impact is our core value and we action this in many measurable ways. However, as a small hotel with limited resources we were concerned in our ability to achieve BEST status.  The tools and resources provided by the Riverwind Foundation are outstanding.  The process of achieving BEST is much more than a badge. It’s learning that the implementation of numerous initiatives add to delivering a powerful impact to the achievement of sustainability. But we’re just one business, we’d love to share our story to help others.”

Reduce Reuse Recycle (RRR) Business Leaders have the option to pursue an advanced certification for sustainable business practices.  The Business Emerald Sustainability Tier or BEST program are for those businesses that are committed to environmental, social, and economic sustainability performance comparable to the highest global standards.  Those businesses that are successful in meeting the BEST standard will be certified and recognized for their commitment to sustainability as our community’s Emerald Leaders.

Businesses that successfully apply to participate in the BEST Program will receive up to 10 hours of assistance from the Riverwind Foundation.  This support includes guidance for meeting the BEST standard, assistance with the BEST survey, and access to the BEST Library of information resources including best practices.  Lodging businesses will also be assisted in taking the TripAdvisor Green Leader Survey.

Businesses ready for certification will be assessed through a desk top documentation review and an on-site visit.  Upon successful completion of the assessment, businesses will be certified as an Emerald Leader.  Emerald Leaders will receive recognition and promotional benefits from the Riverwind Foundation and its partners.

To apply for the BEST Program or to receive further information, please contact Tim O’Donoghue at or (307) 690-3316.

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