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Teton County Achieves EarthCheck Certification

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 […]

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Riverwind Foundation Joins Global Coalition for the Future of Tourism

PRESS RELEASERiverwind Foundation Joins Global Coalition for the Future of TourismJackson, Wyoming: June 23, 2020 – The Riverwind Foundation has joined a coalition of international organizations calling for a rebalance of the tourism sector as it recovers from COVID-19.  The Future of Tourism Coalition was created by Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), Destination Stewardship Center, Green Destinations, Sustainable Travel International, Tourism Cares, and the Travel Foundation, with the guidance of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). Decades of unfettered growth in travel have put the world’s treasured places at risk –environmentally, culturally, socially, and financially. The travel and tourism industries face a precarious and uncertain future due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. As tourism moves forward and recovers, re-centering around a strong set of principles is vital for long term sustainability and equitable growth. To rally global change, the Coalition has put forth Guiding Principles that outline a bold vision for tourism’s path forward. “The Riverwind Foundation is excited to expand and deepen our partnership with global organizations that promote environmental, community, cultural, and economic sustainability” says Tim O’Donoghue, Executive Director of the Riverwind Foundation and coordinator of the Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program. “We anticipate that this partnership […]

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A New RRR Business Leaders Partnership Begins

Jackson, Wyoming: March 3, 2020 – Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling (ISWR) and the Riverwind Foundation are excited to announce a partnership to begin the next phase of a Teton County’s long-running program on the Road to Zero Waste.   The RRR Business Leaders program is a sustainability training and recognition program for Teton County businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies. The ISWR – Riverwind Foundation partnership is building on its previous “Hotshots” initiative that resulted in successfully signing over 100 new RRR BL members in 2017, including businesses, restaurants and events.  The new team of Hotshots will provide sustainability guidance and resources to businesses and organizations during and after 90-minute meetings using the RRR Business Leaders survey.  Areas of sustainability assistance include planning and management, purchasing and waste management, energy efficiency, and more. “The Riverwind Foundation is thrilled to deepen our partnership with Teton County ISWR and further contribute to our community’s efforts to reduce its negative environmental impacts, strengthen its community and cultural support, and increase our economic health and prosperity” says Tim O’Donoghue, Executive Director of the Riverwind Foundation and coordinator of the Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program. “ISWR is excited to expand the partnership […]

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Riverwind Receives Chamber’s Green to Green Award

The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Riverwind Foundation the 2019 Green to Green Award for demonstrating a commitment to the environment by prescribing to innovative and effective environmentally conscious business practices.“Tim and the Riverwind Foundation have been leading Jackson Hole on a path to sustainability and recognition for those achievements for years. Through their new BEST program they are helping Jackson Hole businesses develop sustainable practices in line with the world’s most rigorous standards.” Jason Williams, JH Chamber Board Member

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Yellowstone National Park Lodges Achieves BEST Certification

Xanterra Travel Collection’s Yellowstone National Park Lodges has achieved 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. Yellowstone National Park Lodges is the first to achieve third-party sustainability certification at the Enterprise level 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.“We are thrilled to have achieved this certification not only to acknowledge the significant commitment that we put into our sustainability efforts, but to help support the growth of this rigorous local certification program. We hope to see the continued expansion of this program throughout Teton County to help preserve and protect the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for future generations,” says Director of Sustainability, Dylan Hoffman.“Yellowstone National Park Lodges is a tremendous example of a business culture that prioritizes environment stewardship and corporate social responsibility throughout its planning, staff training and guest orientation, and operations” says Tim O’Donoghue, Executive Director of the Riverwind […]

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Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Achieves BEST Certification

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 […]