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Mountain Towns and the Push for New Energy

Over the past couple of months, SHIFT has been conducting research on 70 GEMS (Gateways to Environments of Major Significance) around North America. Like Jackson Hole, the economic and cultural vitality of these communities is directly connected to their environmental quality. Within each community, we have been searching for innovative sustainability initiatives that preserve the…

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Ski Area Sustainability: Aspen, Vail, Whistler Lead the Way

Here at SHIFT HQ, we’re deep into research mode. From Bar Harbor, ME, to Hanalei, HI, from Banff, Canada, to Todos Santos, Mexico, our intrepid team of researchers is exploring the nooks and crannies of 75 GEMS (Gateways to Environments of Major Significance) in search of innovative sustainability initiatives from around North America. With the…

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SHIFT Symposium to Showcase Innovative Sustainability Initiatives

Jackson Hole’s economic and cultural vitality are directly related to its environmental quality. This phenomenon is not unique. Throughout North America, some of the most beautiful and well-known communities—places like Bar Harbor, Nantucket, Moab, Key West, Sayulita, Banff and Hanalei—enjoy a similar relationship between economy, character and natural capital. Each of these places shares a…

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Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and SHIFT Announce Partnership

At the October 2014 SHIFT Festival, SHIFT and the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance will partner to provide a two-day Tools for Tomorrow training program for aspiring conservation leaders. Modeled on the Conservation Alliance’s hugely successful Jackson Hole Conservation Leadership Institute that empowers people by providing the skills and knowledge to organize, advocate, and foster community…

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The Vision For SHIFT

Conservation lies at the core of Jackson Hole’s environment, economy and character. Over the past 140 years, the region has been at the epicenter of some of the United States’ seminal conservation efforts, including: the formation of Yellowstone, the world’s first national park; the expansion of Grand Teton National Park to its current boundaries, one…