Unite efforts to minimize resident and visitor impacts on the Greater Yellowstone and other ecosystems now and for future generations.
THE RIVERWIND FOUNDATION:
training, and technical assistance for a diversity of organizations, businesses, and communities on the principles, policies, and practices of sustainability
Serves as a resource for information, programming, and networking on sustainability
Builds partnerships and collaborative initiatives to prevent and mitigate resident and visitor impacts on the environment, community, and economy, and implement strategies for addressing climate change
Our community and region have a significant history of stewardship beginning with the creation of the world’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park, in 1872. This achievement was followed by the establishment of the Caribou-Targhee and Bridger-Teton National Forests, the National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, and Wild & Scenic River status for the Snake River, and protection of much of the Wyoming Range, including the buyout of gas exploration leases.
Over 140 years after this beginning, our profound history of stewardship continues with Teton County being recognized for its commitment to sustainability by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The GSTC selected Teton County, Wyoming (i.e., Jackson Hole) in 2012 as one of only six destinations worldwide to participate in the GSTC Early Adopters Program. The conclusion in the GSTC report was that “Teton County more than any other place in the world has the potential to become a leader as a sustainable destination” and that we have the natural capital, human capacity, and financial resources to realize this potential.