Environment & Sustainability

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a values-led, family-owned, iconic mountain destination with the purpose of enriching the lives of its guests and employees. With an enduring commitment to the surrounding landscape, wildlife and authentic community character, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort strives to live by its values by reducing environmental impact and in doing so runs its buildings, lifts and snowmaking on wind energy.

Our Approach

Here at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, we strive to provide the best experiences for our guests, while keeping the environment top of mind of at all times.

Air Quality, Climate Change Mitigation & Energy Efficiency
In 2019 JHMR transitioned to 100% Green Power for all of our electricity needs. This includes all of our on-mountain lifts, facilities, and base area operations. We directly source wind power from Horse Butte Wind Farm in neighboring Idaho; the closest wind energy source directly tied to our local grid.
Wind Power
Environmental Building & Design
We are working directly with our contractors and designers to source and build the most sustainable buildings we can. Starting in 2020, all future projects will undergo a thorough design review process to ensure best practices and sustainable material choices are integrated into the build resulting in environmentally certificated buildings.
Environmental Preferable Purchasing
Re-thinking and re-defining our purchasing strategy in all departments of our business to focus on sustainable products, materials, sourced food, office supplies, and merchandise is a direct step forward in reducing our carbon footprint at JHMR.
Environmental Education & Outreach
JHMR conducts children's programs annually with staff from the Teton Raptor Center who bring in live birds to the resort for educational purposes. JHMR is also currently developing an illustrated resource guide of the surrounding flora and fauna for an educational reference tool when experiencing the mountain in summer and winter.
Waste Reduction & Reduced Raw Material Use
JHMR aims to achieve absolute municipal solid waste diversion to both composting and recycling greater than 60% by 2025. JHMR also aims to reduce its intensity-based commercial solid waste and hazardous waste production by more than 10% by 2025.
Natural Habitat Conservation & Restoration
JHMR is committed to the conservation and restoration of our natural habitat. JHMR's special use permit (SUP) includes habitat for mammals listed or proposed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. JHMR's SUP also includes habitat Management Indicator Species for the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Water Conservation & Quality
JHMR is actively reducing bacterial and nutrient contamination in its waste water, including chemicals in snowmaking, ice-melting on walkways, sewage, and kitchen waste. Additionally, JHMR monitors levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from run-off from lift and vehicle facilities via certified external parties for EPA compliance. JHMR draws all of its snowmaking water from the Snake River Aquifer and does not incur any other major water demands.

Our Process

The environmental health of Jackson Hole is vital to the future and to our guests. We are committed to developing our goals for mitigating our carbon footprint and measuring our progress now and into the future.

Develop A Climate Action Plan
We are developing a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to guide our values, business practices and future. Our CAP will define standards for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, set our clean energy targets, re-think our purchasing strategy and align our partners values. We are committed to protecting the environment we depend on.
Set Emission Reduction Targets
Setting our Emission Reduction Targets is an important part of our environmental process. We are currently growing our fleet of vegetable oil maintenance trucks, exploring options for electric fleet vehicles and snowmobiles, increasing the number of fuel-efficient snow cats on hill and incentivizing commuting for guest and employees.
Monitor Progress
We are committed to staying transparent on our progress and the current state of our environmental goals. We know that change does not come overnight, keeping a close pulse on where we stand will keep us accountable now and into the future.
Stakeholder Alignment
We are making a concerted effort to work with local and non-local stakeholders that match our environmental initiatives. From free START Bus passes for all of our employees and season passholders to vetting our national partners sustainability actions, this process is key for pushing us forward.

Our Partners

Our partners play an important role at JHMR and we closely together to amplify our shared values, including sustainabilty. Discover what each of our partners are doing for the environment and how they are making a change.

United States Forest Service
Sustainability in the U.S. Forest Service goes beyond managing healthy, resilient forests. It's about investing in our natural infrastructure to protect clean air, healthy soils, and drinking water. Sustainability is about our commitment to reduce agency greenhouse gas emissions through innovation. We foster sustainability leadership while reducing daily consumption and costs in water, energy, fleet, waste, and purchasing.
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Protect Our Winters

POW helps passionate outdoor people protect the places and lifestyles we love from climate change. We are a community of athletes, scientists, creatives, and business leaders advancing non-partisan policies that protect our world today and for future generations.

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Jeep / FCA remains committed to solutions that meet the needs of both customers and the Environment. Their commitment to sustainability arises from a corporate culture that includes integrity, respect for others and a commitment to community service.
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MAMMUT products are manufactured in clean processes from carefully selected and thoroughly tested premium materials and components that meet highest quality, performance and sustainability standards.
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Coca-Cola act in ways to create a more sustainable and better shared future. To make a difference in people's lives, communities and our planet by doing business the right way.
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Nature Valley
At Nature Valley, they believe that what you put in is what you get out. So when you need to be great out there, you can rely on them for real energy, wherever and whenever you need it.
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Smartwool believes that, to make sure they can continue to share nature with others, they need to help ensure that the beauty and resources of our environment will be around for generations to come. For them, that means making more sustainable clothing.
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In 2006 YETI Coolers was founded with a simple mission: build the cooler we wanted to use every day if it existed. One that could take the abuse they knew they'd put it through out in the field and on the water. One that simply wouldn't break.
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GoPro makes the world’s most versatile cameras, and we strive to do it responsibly. We are committed to achieving universal ethical trading standards throughout all parts of our supply chain. This includes a commitment to ensuring that workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that business operations and manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible and conducted ethically.

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Our performance as a company depends on the sustainable performance of our products, our operations and our people. We are working to protect the planet and people because our society, and our business, depends on it.

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Sweet Protection

We will never compromise on the safety for a user of a Sweet Protection product but are always on the lookout for better and stronger materials with an eco-friendly approach. You can always feel safe when wearing any products from Sweet Protection. Here is more info on how we ensure it.

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SCOTT Sports

We are committed to improving the impacts of our products and business practices, preserving the environment for future generations and stimulating positive change in our communities. RE-SOURCE BY SCOTT was put in place to develop and promote Corporate Responsibility. This program focuses on three key pillars: People, Product and Planet.

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Our Community

We are heavily involved in community efforts to maintain the character and beautiful landscapes that Jackson Hole provides. From the airport to local non-profits, we work with and support their efforts to keep Jackson Hole wild.

Jackson Hole Airport
Implementing creative initiatives at JAC has helped increase sustainability measures and strengthened our cooperative partnerships with the community and Grand Teton National Park.
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Lower Valley Energy
Lower Valley Energy is the area’s electric utility and offers a locally sourced Green Power option for its members. They work in concert with additional area stakeholders, including Energy Conservation Works, The Town of Jackson, and Teton County, to reduce environmental impact by harnessing Green Energy and increasing energy efficiency for community benefit.
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Responsible Tourism
We aim to minimize tourism's negative impacts on the environment and maximize the positive contributions tourism can make to local communities. It is about managing visitation in an environmentally and culturally responsible way through memorable experiences that create a deep connection to nature while leaving a positive environmental footprint.
Vertical Harvest
Vertical Harvest is an impact-driven business. We build and run cost-effective and profitable hydroponic farms that do well by doing good.
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