Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has achieved ISO 14001 registration of its environmental programs, the second of only two ski resorts in the US to achieve this recognition. ISO 14001 registration is the most widely known and respected environmental stamp of approval, which demonstrates responsible management of their environmental impacts.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was also one of the first eight resorts to sign up to the innovative sustainability program The Climate Challenge from the US-based National Ski Areas Association (NSAA)! This challenges resorts to set targets for reducing their CO2 emissions and first ran in the 2011/12 season.
100% Of Energy Needs Covered By Renewable Energy
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) have committed to purchasing renewable energy credits that offsets 100% of their lift energy usage since June 1, 2007.
JHMR offset four million kwh per annum with this program, saving up to 4,384,760 lbs. of CO2 each year. The renewable energy product purchased from Renewable Choice Energy, is made up of a combination of Wind, Biomass, Small Hydro and Geothermal energy.
Reducing Vehicle Emissions
Teton Village is located 10 miles from Jackson, the main community base in the valley and for over a decade, JHMR has purchased bus passes for all employees, then in winter 2002/03 extended the program to all season pass holders at no cost to them.
The resort also spent over $1m to develop a Park and Ride lot between the town of Jackson and the resort base area. Total Miles travelled per skier visit (determined by parking lot counts) dropped by 30%, resulting in savings of over 2000 tons of CO2 emissions, more than all other conservation projects combined.
JHMR assists in educating owners of other vehicle fleets in the area on meaningful ways to reduce their petroleum and emissions footprints.
Carpoolers (3 or more) can get the parking fee waived in the Ranch Lot in Teton Village.
Jackson Hole purchased 12 energy-efficient four-stroke snowmobiles from Ski Doo for winter operations and keep changing our fleet over to 4 stroke at a minimum of two machines a year or when we need to replace old machines.
Since July 2005 Jackson Hole Mountain Resort utilizes biodiesel in its complete fleet of 11 off road, heavy equipment vehicles. The Resort uses B10 fuel which is a blend of approximately 90% diesel and 10% biodiesel. Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. It contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. Biodiesel is better for the environment because it is made from renewable resources and has lower emissions compared to petroleum diesel.
JHMR is replacing over 1,000 light bulbs in its buildings at a cost of almost $16,000. Compact florescent bulbs will be installed which can produce light with one-quarter of the energy of incandescent bulbs. Also, JHMR will replace its inefficient magnetic florescent ballasts with electronic ballasts.