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September 2013 saw the start of another Leadership Jackson Hole class. This class, offered by the University of Wyoming Extension is a series of sessions and workshops for emerging and established leaders who wish to increase their leadership skills, knowledge and participation in community issues. This 9 month class is offered every two years to members of the community. Each class is assigned the task of developing and completing a group project. These projects not only serve as a means to educate participants in how to successfully develop and complete a project within our community, but ultimately determining how the project can benefit the community in some way. Past projects have included replacing the roof on the Jackson Peak Ski Cabin and the Boulder Park.

The class of 2013/’14 is excited to introduce The JH2O project. The mission of the JH2O Project is to reduce our community’s landfill impact and cultivate awareness of Jackson Hole’s sustainability goals. By providing convenient access to water bottle refilling stations throughout the Town of Jackson, the JH2O Project will directly reduce the footprint of Jackson Hole as well as impress upon locals and visitors that Jackson is a leader in sustainability. In partnership with Teton County & Jackson Parks and Recreation Department, the Town of Jackson, and Teton County as well as other local organizations, the JH2O Project brings water bottle filling stations to downtown Jackson at five highly visible and heavily trafficked locations.

In order to meet this goal, the group must successfully raise $15,000 to complete their fundraising requirements and match a pledge from the Town of Jackson. Leadership Jackson Hole would appreciate any support you can lend to this cause in the form of donations or by raising awareness for this project by connecting with their Facebook page and sharing this article and website with friends. With the additional community support we can help reduce our footprint, provide convenient water stations for locals and visitors and create awareness about sustainability.

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