4/20/15 | Enviro Goal Achieved
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Achieves Benchmark Environmental Goal with 10% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
(April 20, 2015- Teton Village, WY) After the completion of another successful winter season, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) is pleased to announce further positive results relating to environmental goals and initiatives. The resort received its third ISO 14001 re-registration and exceeded its environmental goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions resort-wide by over 10%.
With the third continuous re-registration of the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) at JHMR by KPMG, JHMR holds strong as the only ski resort in the United States to have an externally audited EMS. "These external audits prove we walk our green talk by quantifying environmental actions taken by every department in the organization," said JHMR Environmental Coordinator Jon Bishop.
This year JHMR met its five-year quantitative goal for its EMS by reducing the company's greenhouse gas emissions from electricity, natural gas/propane and vehicle fuels by over 10%. This is measured relative to a per-guest baseline established in 2009. "These goals demonstrate that we are able to more efficiently use energy resources as our business continues to develop," stated JHMR President Jerry Blann. "We are doing our part to mitigate the risks associated with climate change that affect ski resorts world-wide," Blann went on to note.
The Brendle Group, a Colorado-based consultancy also working on National Ski Area Association's (NSAA) Climate Challenge (of which JHMR is a founding member) developed an Inventory Management Plan for greenhouse gas emissions reductions for JHMR in 2011. Their plan resulted in updates to building heating systems, year-round use of B10 diesel fuel and conversion of up to four vehicles to run on 100% waste vegetable oil collected from JHMR restaurants. "The Buildings and Areas, Food and Beverage and Vehicle Maintenance departments really stepped up to the plate over the last few years. We are seeing many innovative projects from these groups being completed that, collectively, have resulted in improved efficiencies for the company," said Bishop.
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.
50th Anniversary Winter 2015-16
Over its nearly 50 year history Jackson Hole has evolved, but the spirit remains bold and wild, as the last true bastion for all those who dare to live this dream. JHMR was kick-started in the early 1960's by the passionate dream of its founders, Paul McCollister and Alex Morley. From humble and rugged beginnings, this dream was fully realized decades later with the ingenuity of a family with historic ties to the Cowboy State. In their tenure of ownership since 1992, the Kemmerer family has invested greatly in the prosperity of Jackson Hole and the state of Wyoming. With vast improvements to operations, lifts and infrastructure, they have ushered JHMR into its present-day luster and world-wide iconic status as "The Big One." Next winter, JHMR is celebrating that "Born to Be Wild" spirit all season long with events, a video web series produced by TGR, and ‘The Crags' will undergo a transformation with the construction and December 2015 opening of the brand new Teton Lift. This new high-speed quad lift will carry skiers and riders 1,600 vertical feet to an area that has previously only been accessible via hiking.
About Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole continues to famously deliver our legendary powder snow, 4,136 continuous vertical feet, 2500 acres of the best beginner, intermediate and expert skiing and snowboarding and a genuine "Last of the Old West" atmosphere. Neighboring the legacy U.S National Parks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton and operating in Bridger Teton National Forest, there is no more spectacular setting for a destination resort in the world. Now with thirteen nonstop cities (and hundreds of international connections) flying to the newly expanded airport, Jackson Hole is one of the most easily accessed destination resorts in the Rockies. For route maps, ski packages, web cams, videos and more please visit jacksonhole.com or facebook.com/jacksonholewww.jacksonhole.com|Twitter @jhski |Instagram @jacksonhole #jacksonhole #jhdreaming #jh50