Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Leads the Ski Industry with Environmental Program
5 Years of ISO 14001 Registration
Tuesday, May 03, 2011. Teton Village, WY.
The Winter of 2011 marked the 5 year anniversary of ISO 14001 registration for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR). ISO 14001 serves as the most widely known and respected stamp of approval for businesses who are serious about minimizing their environmental impacts. JHMR continues as one of only 2 resorts in the US ski industry to have reached this high standard of approval for sustainable operations.
For its 5th year of registration, JHMR was acknowledged for several marks of distinction regarding its environmental management system, within the standards of ISO 14001.
The external audit report highlighted a number of good practices that resulted in the outstanding overall score.
1. The food and beverage department received top marks for its Vendor Assessment Scoring, a custom score chart developed to identify and score food providers whose practices and distribution are aligned with JHMR’s environmental goals. This score chart highlights the emphasis that food and beverage has placed on sourcing and purchasing sustainable products.
2. Vehicle Maintenance was recognized for their modification of a Ford Excursion to operate on waste vegetable oil, which recycles 100% of the used oil from all the dining facilities. Plans are also underway to implement the program in other vehicles.
3. Mountain Facilities was acknowledged for the successful modification of a number of heating furnaces, as well as the addition of “programmable building automation controls” which resulted in a 20% reduction in propane usage.
4. Recycling efforts were also applauded as Vehicle Maintenance now recycles all used motor oil, as well as batteries, antifreeze, and snowmelt.
Operating in the heart of one of the world’s most intact natural inhabited environments JHMR continues as a leader in sustainable leader in the ski industry. As a further step, JHMR has commissioned the Brendle Group to generate a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory and Management Plan, in order to assign quantitative values to JHMR’s current environmental health, and to aid in the implementation of measures to further reduce energy usage.
JHMR will be the only resort in the country to have the triple crown of environmental management: ISO 14001 registration, GHG Inventory and an accompanying GHG Management Plan.