Elk Refuge Inn is the first of the BEST

     The Elk Refuge Inn is the first business 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 for businesses. 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.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.”The Elk Refuge Inn was assessed and certified on September 18th by the Riverwind Foundation, the originator and administrator […]

Riverwind Foundation Selected for Tourism for Tomorrow Award

The five winners of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)’s annual awards for the best in sustainable tourism have been announced at their 2018 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Attending the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards was the Riverwind Foundation from Jackson Hole.  The Riverwind Foundation did not win the top award, but were in the top three Destination finalists and top 15 finalists across five award categories out of 177 entries from 63 countries.  They were the only finalist from the USA in any category.  The winner of the top sustainable destination Tourism for Tomorrow Award was the Thompson – Okanagan Tourism Association in British Columbia.Riverwind Foundation Executive Director Tim O’Donoghue stated, “Jackson Hole’s selection as a Finalist for WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards is perhaps the most significant indication yet that our community is on the right track toward realizing our vision to be a world-leading sustainable community and destination.  While we have made significant progress, we have a lot of promising work to do still including the development of a sustainable destination action plan for addressing the impacts of our increasing visitors. Recognition from the WTTC as well as from National Geographic and Green Destinations helps to further catalyze […]

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 (http://sustainabledestination.org/information-resources/). 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!

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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.