Where it Started
The vision of the Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program is for Teton County to be a global leader as a sustainable destination and community. Vital to the realization of our vision is the education and engagement of students and future generations of community leaders in the principles and practices of sustainability.
With the support of a Walton Family Foundation grant, the Riverwind Foundation partnered with the Teton Science Schools to engage students from four high schools in a sustainability project-based curriculum. The first of these projects is the Jackson Hole Sustainability Code of Conduct.
Over five months, this partnership engaged over 230 students and 57 businesses and organizations in the development of a first-of-its-kind community sustainability code of conduct. High School faculty and students developed the concept and content of the Jackson Hole Sustainability Code of Conduct with the guidance of the Steering Committee of the Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program. Students from arts & literature and business classes organized into teams focused on writing, art work, and product development and branding. Successive drafts of the content were created based on the feedback from community stakeholders. The final Jackson Hole Sustainability Code of Conduct now appears in poster, flyer, and brochure products. Please contact Tim O’Donoghue to receive one or all three of these.
What it Means Today
The Jackson Hole Sustainability Code of Conduct serves as a "center pole" to guide our community in our environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic pursuits and help us strive toward our vision. The Jackson Hole Sustainability Code of Conduct is now used to:
- Influence the behavior of residents (~22,000) and visitors (~3.5 million annually) in their recreation in the natural environment and communities of Jackson Hole
- Create a greater awareness and level of education of our sustainability values among all stakeholders, including students, residents, visitors, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies
- Provide a public relations and promotions tool for our destination and businesses
- Promote opportunities for further engagement in and support of local sustainability initiatives
How To Get Involved?
Share the Jackson Hole Sustainability Code of Conduct with your schools, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and businesses! You have the opportunity to promote our community’s sustainability values and encourage behavior that respects and protects the integrity of our environment and community now and for future generations.