Jackson Hole Celebrates Earth Day

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It’s Earth Day, an important day recognized worldwide, and a day when environmental actions and preservation are brought to the forefront of conversations and celebrations.  Operating in the greater Yellowstone Eco System, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) takes their environmental commitment seriously, so this year we are particularly happy to share news that JHMR achieved and exceeded the environmental goals and initiatives set five years ago.

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This winter JHMR received its third ISO 14001 re-registration and exceeded its environmental goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions resort-wide by over 10%.

This is a big deal, and the company did it by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electricity, natural gas/propane and vehicle fuels.  These goals are measured relative to a per-guest baseline established in 2009.  We asked resort President, Jerry Blann to comment on the significance of this news, and he noted, “Achieving these goals demonstrate that we are able to more efficiently use energy resources as our business continues to develop. We are doing our part to mitigate the risks associated with climate change that affect ski resorts world-wide.”

A few departments really stand out as leaders of environmental reduction efforts, in particular, Buildings and Areas, Food and Beverage and Vehicle Maintenance.  These groups have been developing innovative projects that collectively have resulted in improved efficiencies for the company. Below is a photo of one JHMR vehicle which has been converted to run on waste veggie oil recycled from the on-mountain restaurants.

Looking ahead, JHMR is committed to this Environmental Management System, and is developing new quantitative goals to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and solid waste generation per guest visit relative to a new 2014 baseline.  A variety of activities, such as conversion of gasoline to diesel vehicles, replacement of two-stroke snowmobiles with E-tec and 4-stroke models, energy efficiency standards for new building and remodeling, and potential renewable energy installations, are all being considered as environmental improvements to resort facilities and operations over the next five years.

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