EarthCheck Delivers First North American Certification

EarthCheck Delivers First North American Certification

Teton County/Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has achieved sustainable destination – EarthCheck – certification with the Riverwind Foundation, the first destination to be granted this distinction anywhere in North America.
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The EarthCheck Standard
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EarthCheck is a world leader, known for its contributions to scientific benchmarking, certification, and for serving as an advisory group. The purpose of the certification standard is to empower local communities to take ownership of sustainability goals | Learn more on Commonshare | and build on their own local initiatives.
Stewart Moore, CEO and Founder of EarthCheck, offered Teton County his congratulations. He said Teton County had a strong community vision for sustainable | Learn more on Commonshare | tourism, one marked by commitment to environmental stewardship.
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Sustainable Certification A Long-Time Goal
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The Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program has long sought destination certification for Teton County, ever since it was created in 2014. 
As Tim O’Donoghue, executive director of the Riverwind Foundation and coordinator of the Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program, noted, Teton County’s vision of sustainability “is to preserve and protect the area’s ecosystem in order to ensure a healthy environment, community, and economy for current and future generations.” 
Teton County achieved certification after being evaluated on 266 different criteria in 12 different performance areas, including energy efficiency and conservation as well as waste management, ecosystem conservation, cultural and social management, and economic management.  

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