Report Published on Visitor Impacts & Solutions In Jackson Hole

The Riverwind Foundation and Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs are pleased to announce the release of the Jackson Hole Community Conversation Project report.  This report documents the results of a series of community conversations and a workshop that addressed the means for managing the growing numbers of visitors in Jackson Hole.  Please use the following link to find the Jackson Hole Community Conversation Project Report ( The report is part of a project undertaken by Riverwind and JHCGA to assist the community in realizing the vision of the Town of Jackson and Teton County, adopted unanimously in April 2017, to become a world-leading sustainable community and destination.  David Wendt, President of JHCGA, states “I am proud of our two organizations for steeping up to this challenge on behalf of the community.  Both Park Superintendents have encouraged us to gather the community’s input to help them manage this issue.”The Jackson Hole Community Conversation project is a preliminary step in gathering input from a wider range of community residents and stakeholders to organize action towards this goal. The next step in this process will be preparation of a full Sustainable Destination Management Plan (SDMP).  “The Jackson Hole Community Conversation Project has been immensely valuable […]

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

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 or (307) 690-3316.