Held each Columbus Day Weekend in Jackson Hole, SHIFT is an annual festival that uses food, film, speakers and outdoor recreation to explore the intersection of conservation with Nature, Culture and Adventure—all in the greatest intact ecosystem in the Lower 48 States. Gather with North America’s leading conservationists, foodies, adventure athletes and sustainability advocates as we eat, drink, and play—all while advancing the future of conservation.
Conservation lies at the core of Jackson Hole’s environment, economy and character. Over the past 140 years, the region has served as the epicenter for some of North America’s seminal conservation efforts, including the formation of Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, the drafting of the Wilderness Act, and the expansion of Grand Teton National Park to its current boundaries.
In 1938, Aldo Leopold defined conservation as “a balanced relationship between man and land.” Sustainability helps us attain and maintain that balance. Today, numerous Jackson Hole agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals continue to build upon this legacy of balance. At the core of our community’s ongoing efforts lies a simple fact: our economic and cultural vitality are directly connected to the region’s environmental quality.
This phenomenon is not unique to Jackson Hole. Throughout North America, some of our 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. We call such communities GEMS: Gateways to Environments of Major Significance. Each of these GEMS shares a fundamental reality: over the long term, they can be no healthier than the environments in which they reside.
These GEMS share another trait: they attract millions of visitors each year. As models of sustainability, they have a unique opportunity to influence the behavior of their guests. By celebrating innovative solutions that sustain some of North America’s greatest and most celebrated natural capital, SHIFT seeks to advance conservation in North American GEMS—and, by extension, the world they influence.
Held each October in the midst of the largest intact ecosystem in the Lower 48, SHIFT is an annual festival that celebrates the intersection of conservation with Nature, Culture and Adventure. The 2014 SHIFT Festival, wnich runs from October 8-12, includes speakers such as Barry Lopez, Dr. Marion Nestle, Peter Metcalf, Luther Propst, Auden Schendler and Asher Jay, as well as multiple programmatic pathways—from FoodSHIFT, America’s first sustainable food festival, to Adventure, Inspired, an evening of film that explores the stewardship of our wild places by adventure athletes. We teach conservation and sustainability advocates how to optimize their work with Tools for Tomorrow, a two-day training workshop for grassroots activists—and this year we’re honored to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act with the Jackson Hole Wilderness Rendezvous.
THE SHIFT SUMMIT
An integral part of each SHIFT Festival is the SHIFT Summit, a showcase for the most effective and innovative sustainability initiatives currently underway in North American GEMS. The Summit, which runs from October 8-10, is a gathering of the tribe for GEMS and the people who love them, a hub of best practices, a policy incubator and a network for individuals, organizations and businesses everywhere that face similar challenges.
Each day of the Summit focuses on one of SHIFT’s three themes (Nature, Culture, and Adventure) with workshops, creative discourses, panel presentations and policy discussions. Each night of the Summit features an inspirational speaker to punctuate the lessons from the day. On Friday night, to end the Summit, The People’s Banquet, an evening of sustainable and local food, will launch the Festival into its closing weekend with a keynote presentation from Dr. Marion Nestle.
See www.shiftjh.org for complete information.