Sustainability Definitions and Descriptions

The Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program uses the following definition of Sustainable from the 1987 UN Bruntland Report: “Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The following are related terms and definitions:

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  • Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan:  “A system of practices that are healthy for the environment, community and economy and can be maintained for current and future generations.”
  • Sustainable Tourism: “Tourism that leads to the management of all resources in such a way that economic, social and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity and life support systems.”
    – UN World Tourism Organization
  • Responsible Tourism: “Tourism that maximizes the benefits to local communities, minimizes negative social or environmental impacts, and helps local people conserve fragile cultures and habitats or species.”
    – Center for Responsible Travel
  • Geotourism: “Tourism that sustains and enhances the geographical character of a place – its natural resources and environment, culture and arts, history and heritage, and the aesthetics and well-being of its residents.”
    – National Geographic Society & National Geotourism Council
  • Ecotourism: “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people.”
    – The International Ecotourism Society