JACKSON WY — The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Environmental Stewardship Program has recognized the Town of Jackson and Teton County for voluntary efforts to reduce environmental impacts from municipal operations.
The Town of Jackson through their 40 by 20 initiative has achieved significant gains in energy efficiency, fleet fuel efficiency, water conservation, use of renewable energy, and diversion of wastes.
“Our community has the opportunity to be a leader in our region and state In terms of energy efficiency and conservation, and the financial benefits allow us to continue to make improvements in our operations,” said Haley Morton Levinson, Vice Mayor. “We see this as an ongoing challenge and one that our organization and staff continue to meet.”
Teton County has invested in on-site renewable power generation with the installation of three grid tied solar electric systems and a 52 panel solar thermal system to provide pool heating at the recreation center.
“Teton County has a strong commitment to protecting the environment and reducing the impact of county operations,” said Alyssa Watkins, County Administrator.
The Town of Jackson, Teton County, and the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service partnered to implement the JH2O project. This effort provided six water bottle filling stations throughout the area to reduce this waste stream impact on local landfills.
Teton County and the Town of Jackson continue to be leaders within the environmental stewardship field and DEQ recognizes these efforts.