JACKSON, Wyo. — After a two-year break due to COVID safety concerns, the annual Jackson EcoFair will return on the second Saturday in May. Hosted by Energy Conservation Works (ECW), this annual celebration of environmental stewardship and sustainability calls on community members to caretake this special valley through simple and thoughtful living.
Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5. Approximately sixty regional businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies will showcase their sustainability initiatives and sell their eco-wares at the event. EcoFair is the culmination of the Town of Jackson and Teton County Spring Clean-up Week, and partners with the Jackson Hole Rotary Club’s annual Spring CleanUp effort.
Fairgoers come out to EcoFair to learn about eco-friendly living and to be inspired to take their own sustainability actions. In the spirit of EcoFair, participants are encouraged to “BYO” water bottle/mug and walk, bike, carpool or bus to the event. And remember, no dogs are allowed.
The 2022 EcoFair will take place on Saturday, May 14 from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Center Lawn at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.
EcoFair is a 100% Green Power event and also operates on a zero-waste model through both promotion and practice. Instead of conducting e-waste drop-off at EcoFair this year, Fairgoers can pick up a voucher from the Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling booth to bring down their e-waster during regular business hours at the Recycling Center. All booth or exhibit hosts abide by our Go Eco! guidelines, and the overall carbon footprint of the event is offset via the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Good Traveler program. All food and beverage service at EcoFair utilizes reusable service ware – there are NO disposable cups at EcoFair!
“Regular EcoFair attendees will see an event that looks a little different this year, as we are still navigating a changing public health landscape,” says ECW Executive Director Phil Cameron. “But we are excited to bring back this important community tradition and once again gather together as a community to celebrate the inspiring sustainability efforts taking place in Jackson Hole and the surrounding area.”
EcoFair is possible as a result of generous local supporters, including the JH Airport, Teton Conservation District, EcoTour Adventures, JH Travel & Tourism Board, and Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling.
Visit jacksonecofair.org for the scoop on “everything EcoFair” including updates on our COVID protocols and details about booths and activities. Questions should be directed to EcoFair Event Director Virginia Powell Symons at 307/413.0174 or email email@example.com.
Volunteers are always needed to help make this fun event a success! If you are interested in being a part of the EcoFair Green Team, contact team captain Sam Schwartz at (307) 413-4908 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or register here.
Don’t miss our annual Spring EcoTalks Series every Tuesday at 6 p.m.!
EcoTalks is a chance for you to engage with our community’s sustainability leaders. Each EcoTalk begins with a conversation between ECW Executive Director Phil Cameron and one of our top EcoFair sponsors. Last week’s talk featured Travel & Tourism Board Executive Director Kathryn Brackenridge. We explored exciting topics that have serious impacts on the future of Jackson, including the upcoming sustainable tourism management plan they have been working on with George Washington University. You can find a recording of that EcoTalk, and all of our other past events here.
Tune in for more insightful conversations with leaders in the sustainability community like the JH Airport, Teton Conservation District, EcoTour Adventures, JH Travel & Tourism Board, and Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling.
EcoTalks are live-streamed from the EcoFair Facebook Page here.
- 5/3 with EcoTour Adventures
- 5/10 with the JH Airport
- 5/17 with Teton Conservation District
- 5/24 with Teton County ISWR
Energy Conservation Works would like to extend a special thank you to the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), EcoFair’s largest sponsor at the Evergreen level this year, with helping Jackson celebrate simple & sustainable living in the Tetons.
“The Jackson Hole Airport is dedicated to becoming an industry leader in environmental stewardship, green building initiatives, and sustainability. Focusing on environmental initiatives allows the Airport to give back to our community and our environment. The Jackson Hole Airport’s unique location inside Grand Teton National Park requires extra measures to preserve our natural environment.”
Notable JAC Sustainability Achievements & Programs:
- 100% Green Power Program: JAC runs on renewable energy.
- JAC’s Good Traveller Program: JAC provides an opportunity for travelers to reduce or offset their carbon emissions by contributing to certified projects such as restoring wetlands and growing forests.
- Business Emerald Sustainability Tier certification (BEST): In 2019, JAC earned the BEST certification, a program created to provide an opportunity and platform for those Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (RRR) Business Leaders that want to elevate their sustainability practices to higher levels of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic vitality.
- Green Fleet Award (2017-2022): Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities award for their consistent updates to their fleet with alternative fuel vehicles.
- SPEAS Award: JAC was honored to be the recipient of the Jay Hollingsworth Speas Award at the National Airport’s Conference in 2021. This award is given annually to the person or persons judged to have contributed most significantly in recent years to the enhancement of relationships between airports and/or heliports and other surrounding environments via exemplary innovation that might be replicated elsewhere.
To read more about JAC’s sustainability efforts, visit their website here.
EcoFair and COVID-19
While we are incredibly excited to bring back the physical EcoFair event this year, we are also very aware of the fact that COVID-19 is not gone. Our community is living with the presence of this virus, and our event approach reflects a commitment to public health and safety. Please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines before attending EcoFair.
- If you are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, as symptoms are outlined and updated by the CDC, but generally include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea, take a COVID-19 test before attending EcoFair. If you test positive, stay home and follow CDC guidelines.
- If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and have tested negative for COVID-19, wear a mask at EcoFair, including while outdoors at our event.
- Follow all posted protocols and guidelines regarding distancing, flow, eating, and drinking while attending EcoFair.
- Be prepared to wear a mask if requested in any situation where you may be in close contact to others, no matter current town, county, state, or national regulations. Masks will be available.
- Practice good personal hygiene, including washing hands regularly with soap and water, using hand sanitizer when hand washing is not available, and covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.
- Be considerate of others’ personal space, maintain physical distance when possible, and always when asked.
- If you have not already done so, get vaccinated and boosted to protect yourself and your community
- For more information about COVID-19 health orders in Teton County, WY please visit www.tetoncountywy.gov/2064/Current-Health-Orders-and-Guidance
- No dogs at EcoFair
- BYO cup/mug or rent a cup at EcoFair – absolutely no disposable cups or other single-use plastics
- A suggested donation of $5 helps support the costs of production
- Follow event COVID protocols; be considerate & kind to others
- Sign up for Green Power and for ECW’s new Jackson Hole Power Challenge at the ECW booth!
- Register to be a part of the green team & get a coupon for free lunch!
- Rotary Spring Clean-up starts at 8 a.m. at Phil Baux Park or the Old Wilson Schoolhouse on EcoFair Saturday
EcoFair Fun Facts
- EcoFair has been hosted by Teton Science Schools, Jackson Whole Grocer, & the JH Energy Sustainability Project (now Energy Conservation Works)
- Before moving to the Snow King Ballfield in 2013, EcoFair has taken place on campus at the Teton Science Schools, in Powderhorn Park, & even in the old Jackson Whole Grocer parking lot (now REI parking lot) under a huge tent when it poured rain
- In 2016 the EcoFair Green Team, headed by Scott Steen & Virginia Symons, produced the first accredited Road to Zero Waste event in Teton County, realizing a waste diversion rate of nearly 80%
- EcoFair’s zero waste model has served as an example and playbook for similar events around the country
- The Creative Energies solar trailer has powered live music at EcoFair since 2011
- EcoFair is a great opportunity to learn more about and sign up for the Jackson Hole Power Challenge