Jackson Hole Selected as Finalist for Prestigious National Geographic World Legacy Award

Jackson Hole is one of three finalists for the Destination Leadership category of the 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and Riverwind Foundation submitted the nomination on behalf of the community and destination of Jackson Hole that focused on the tradition of conservation and collaborative sustainability efforts. The awards will be presented at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, on March 8, 2017. The other two finalists are Segera Retreat, Kenya and Slovenian Tourist Board, Slovenia. Read more on National Geographic’s website: click here. Download the official press release from National Geographic: click here.Riverwind Foundation Executive Director Timothy O’Donoghue stated, “Jackson Hole’s selection as a Finalist for National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards is not just recognition by one of the world’s most prominent organizations and advocates for sustainable tourism of the hard work our community is doing to be a strong environmental steward and socially responsible destination. It is an opportunity to catalyze our sustainability efforts to the next level of community education, engagement, and unification. Thank you to the USDA Office of Rural Development, Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board, and many individuals who provided financial and other support to our sustainable destination program.”Chamber Director […]

Video: Making Jackson Hole a Sustainable Destination!

Please enjoy a short, fun VIDEO about our Program!

Support Community Sustainability!

Support the Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program’s work to unify our community’s efforts to be a global leading sustainable destination.  To find out what we have accomplished this past year, what we are planning for the next 12 months, and how you can support our community’s unified sustainability efforts, please go to our Support Our Program page.

One-on-One Sustainability Technical Assistance Now Available!

The Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program is now offering one-on-one technical assistance to small and emerging businesses that are committed to integrating sustainability policy and practices into their planning and operations.  Thanks to funding from the USDA Rural Development Office and other public and private grants, we are pleased to offer very affordable technical assistance from our team of national and local sustainability consultants in the following areas: Energy and water efficiency; Waste management; Transportation; Foods; Responsible purchasing; Public relations; Risk management, Health & Safety; Certification and recognition; and Sustainability policy development and implementationFor more information on your eligibility and opportunities with the Sustainability Technical Assistance Program, please contact Tim O’Donoghue of the Riverwind Foundation at riverwind@wyoming.com.

It’s Not Business as Usual – Integrating Sustainability in Your Business or Organization

The Riverwind Foundation and the Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program are excited to offer “It’s Not Business as Usual – Integrating Sustainability in Your Business or Organization.”  We are pleased that the instructors for our workshop are Julie Klein of Confluence Sustainability and Scott Steen of inSight Sustainability.  The Sustainable Business Workshop series offers easy to use tools and resources to begin your sustainability journey or further strengthen existing sustainability practices.  This is the first in a series of four workshops offered to local businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, students, and individuals that are supported by USDA and private grants.It’s Not Business as Usual – Integrating Sustainability in Your Business or Organization will take place on November 18, 8 am to noon, at the Wort Hotel.  The cost to attend is $25.  Registration is limited. Participants should expect to learn (1) The scope of sustainability and why it is important now, (2) Why sustainability policy and practices make good business sense, (3) Sustainability and sustainability assessment, planning, and strategy, (4) How to institutionalize sustainability best practice in a business/organization, and (5) Illustrations of best practice case studies.  For more information or to register, please contact Tim O’Donoghue at riverwind@wyoming.com or (307) 690-3316.

Initial Sustainability Inventory for Teton County, Wyoming completed

Thanks to a 1% for the Tetons grant, the Riverwind Foundation and the Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program were able to complete an initial inventory of Teton County, Wyoming’s sustainability assets.  Approximately 130 community stakeholders responded to the sustainable destination survey, including federal and local government, nonprofit organizations, and businesses.  A summary of sustainability stakeholder activities and the final report can be downloaded from the Participants page.  Access to detailed information on sustainability stakeholder activities can be provided upon request by contacting Tim O’Donoghue, Executive Director of the Riverwind Foundation, at riverwind@wyoming.com.