JH Airport to offset employee commuter carbon emissions

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Hole Airport just double-downed on the whole “green,” sustainable, carbon-neutral thing.

The Airport spent much of 2019 pledging to and then follow through with various eco-friendly initiatives. To start 2020, the Airport Board has now committed to offsetting all employee commuter miles along with mileage from Jackson Hole Airport’s operational vehicles. All board vehicle and employee commuting miles will now be carbon neutral via the purchase of offsets through the Good Traveler Program.

The Good Traveler Program sets the rate of $2 per 400 miles driven, and monies go directly to certified projects through the Rocky Mountain Institute. The board will continue to encourage ride sharing and carpooling as well.

Jackson Hole Airport’s operational vehicles, including all snow removal equipment, are part of this effort. The Airport’s vehicles have been recognized as a “Green Fleet” by Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities, and this next step will bring all vehicles to a net-zero for carbon emissions.

Jackson Hole Airport Board’s Grand Teton National Park/Environmental Committee supported this purchase, recognizing that these steps are essential to reaching their ultimate goal of having a net-zero Airport.

“Environmental best practices are central to our board decisions. We are pleased to be able to support these carbon-neutral initiatives,” said Airport Director Jim Elwood.  “Through the Good Traveler Program, we will be reaching out to other businesses and organizations in 2020 to provide a path to offset their travel and be a sustainable leader in our community.”

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