Andy Tyson sharing photos with the local members of his team after the first ascent of Myanmar’s Gamlang Razi. (Courtesy)

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The nomination process for the third annual Andy Tyson Leadership Award in Sustainability is underway. This peer-based award recognizes outstanding individuals from the Teton region for their efforts in local, community-oriented environmental sustainability projects within the Teton’s built environment. Recipients will be recognized in May at the Jackson Hole EcoFair,  a regional event that Andy helped start in the early 2000s.

Andy Tyson, show here on a climbing trip in Southern India, died in a small plane crash April 10, 2015 in the Frank Church Wilderness in Central Idaho. (Courtesy)

“Advocating for renewable energy and sustainability in our greater region isn’t easy, but that never stopped Andy from rolling up his sleeves and trying incredibly hard, whether working to create Teton Valley’s first net metering program, attending burgeoning sustainability events all over the area or fighting for solar’s place in Idaho’s energy portfolio,” says his wife Molly Loomis Tyson. “Andy was the ultimate diplomat. His easy-going manner, science-based approach, and total professionalism helped create bridges between diverse sectors in the sustainability world.”

Andy was a leader in ushering thoughtful and sustainable living into everyday life. His expertise was broad and his passion was infectious. He filled many roles including; technical expert, a community organizer, a life-long learner, a passionate volunteer, and a caring friend, partner, and spouse.

A skilled craftsman, businessman and leader, Andy was a steady source of ideas that might help make the world a better place by building a sustainable energy future. As co-founder and owner of Creative Energies (cesolar.com), a values-driven company that grew to be the region’s leading expert on renewable energy, Andy worked to elevate understanding of renewable energy technology with a cross section of the people ranging from curious school groups to the Idaho Governor.

Not only an engaging, inspiring teacher and advocate, but also an accomplished climber, Andy completed solar projects in remote places like Antarctica and Mt. Everest Base Camp. But Andy took his dedication to the environment a step further by spending countless hours mentoring others and volunteering for sustainability initiatives like Eco-Fair, Teton Valley Community Recycling, the Charture Institute, Tetons for Tomorrow, and Yellowstone Business Partnership. He was a founding member of 1% for the Tetons, and Teton Valley’s Chance Meetings, and was the Co-chair of the Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance’s Solar Energy Task Force.

In memory of Andy Tyson (1968-2015)

On April 10, 2015 Andy, along with three other community members, died in a plane crash while flying to a remote job site to plan a solar installation. His wide smile, mischievous laugh, and thoughtful, patient perspective is deeply missed.

It is the hope of Andy’s colleagues, friends and family that this award will honor those who exemplify, in their own manner, Andy’s commitment to furthering sustainability in the Tetons. A humble and ever generous man, Andy relished the success of others. Therefore, it is fitting to honor and recognize the contributions of community members in a place Andy cared so deeply about.

Dave Hudacsko, RAD Curbside. (LinkedIn)

Last year’s ATLAS recipient was Dave Hudacsko from RAD Curbside (Recycling Alternative Distribution). RAD was formed as the first private trash and recycling collection provider in the country to file as a Benefit Corporation (B-Corp), a type of for-profit business that “meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.”

RAD was started by Dave in 2010 when he saw the need for a curbside recycling program in Teton Valley Idaho and became a combined curbside Recycling and Trash removal business in 2015.  Under their 10-year contract it was stated that they would not only bring the first combined recycling and trash service to Teton Valley, but that they would increase trash diversion by 3% per year for the term of their contract.

Here are just a few stats that show Dave’s commitment to reducing our waste stream from both a business and personal standpoint.  RAD Donates recycling to over 50 events annually, such as Music on Main, Targhee Fest, Bluegrass Festival, Tin Cup Challenge, local sports events, and School Fundraisers, just to name a few, with Dave personally collecting at many of these events.

As Dave would state, the thing he is most proud of is bringing 10 full time, steady jobs, to Teton Valley community.

The ATLAS committee looks forward to receiving applications for the 2018 EcoFair and providing the community with the opportunity to publicly recognize the efforts of citizens like Hudacsko, Tyson and others working hard to achieve sustainability in the Teton’s built environment.

“These agents of change are often buried in work behind the scenes,” says ATLAS committee member Molly Tyson. “Please spread the word about recognizing their efforts and join us at EcoFair in May to celebrate their contributions to make the Tetons a leader in sustainability.”

The nomination form is available at www.jacksonecofair.org/atlas Applications are due May 3rd, 2019 and the ATLAS recipient will be announced at EcoFair on 2018. Nominees of all ages and sectors (private, NGO, government, academia, etc.) are welcome.

Nomination process:

Nominations may be submitted via a web form on the EcoFair website and must be received by May 3, 2019. Previous nominees are welcomed.

Please include:

  • A summary of the nominee’s accomplishments and plans
  • Contact information for a minimum of two references
  • A photo representative of reason for nomination
  • Contact information for nominator and nominee

The selection team, a group of community leaders, Andy’s colleagues, friends and family, may seek further information or conduct interviews if appropriate.

Nominees are identified through:

  • Innovation approaches to their work
  • Passion in what they do
  • Inspiration of others
  • Dedication to improving one’s knowledge and skill set
  • Committed service to the community or promise as a rising star

Nominees may be active in any of the following areas:

  • Public policy or community organizing in relevant sustainability issues
  • Green building
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Alternative transportation
  • Recycling
  • Waste reduction
  • Sustainability education