Sustainable Travel: Jackson Hole, Wyoming


| 3/21/2017 2:14:21 PM



Photo by Chris Figenshaw

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is known for its lavish ski resorts, western flare and tons of snow. But this little town is defying the stereotypes that come along with being a tourist hot spot. Locals work tirelessly to keep their business’ environmental footprint tiny, preserving the area’s natural beauty and resources.

Recycling

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, or JHMR, recycled over 120 tons of garbage in 2015. The resort recycles fluorescent bulbs, computers, and paper, while purchasing products that are least 15% recycled. JHMR buildings feature water bottle fill stations, which has reduced yearly plastic waste by 2.5 tons a year.

Energy Conservation

JHMR, the area’s largest energy consuming attraction, has been converting to renewable energy sources since 2007. “This will save up to 4,384,760 lbs. of CO2 each year. The renewable energy product purchased from Renewable Choice Energy, is made up of a combination of Wind, Biomass, Small Hydro and Geothermal energy.” Biodiesel fuel and energy efficient snowmobiles are used as well.


Photo by Karyn Wofford



Local Food

Jackson Hole restaurants have largely local menus, sourcing much of their meat and produce from farms in the area. JHMR donated $25,000 to the innovative 13,500 square foot greenhouse, Vertical Harvest, in downtown Jackson Hole. The greenhouse uses 90% less water than traditional farming, and only competes with large distributors, not local farmers.



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