SHIFT Announces Sustainability Award Winners

After evaluating more than 600 conservation and sustainability initiatives, we are pleased to announce the winners of our first SHIFT Sustainability Awards. The Awards recognize the most effective, innovative conservation and sustainability initiatives currently underway in communities like Jackson Hole around North America. SHIFT is an annual festival that celebrates the future of conservation. An […]

Strategic Sustainability: Five Steps to Create Abundance

We began our research on innovative sustainability initiatives in North American GEMS in January. One of the first places we contacted was Bar Harbor, Maine, in part because on the Monday morning when we began, the East Coast was the only part of the country that was “open”. Like Jackson, Bar Harbor is a small, […]

Time To Turn Our Garbage Into Energy

Paul Hansen is a nationally recognized conservationist with 40 years’ experience in the field. He has won some of America’s top environmental leadership awards; is the author of the new book, Green in Gridlock: Common Goals, Common Ground and Compromise, on what ails the nation’s conservation effort and how to fix it; and, most recently, […]

Candidates for SHIFT Summit Narrowed to 140

After evaluating more than 500 sustainability programs, projects, businesses and initiatives in 69 communities like Jackson Hole around North America, we have narrowed the field of initiatives under consideration for the 2014 SHIFT Festival to 140. Research on these initiatives has been sent to participating stakeholders in the Jackson Hole community for a second round […]

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 […]

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 […]

SHIFT Summit 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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