The 2014 class of Leadership Jackson Hole, Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling and Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department announced today that the JH2O Project will continue its achievements under the management of the Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling (ISWR) and Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation Department, both of which were formerly the project’s primary partners.
Launched last spring by the 2014 class of Leadership Jackson Hole, the project began as an initiative to bring water bottle filling stations to downtown Jackson, WY. With public-private support from local government, businesses, organizations and individuals, the JH2O Project successfully installed 5 water bottle filling stations by October 2014 in prominent public locations along with informational signage and a website.
Since the completion of the 2014 project, several new opportunities for water bottle filling stations have been brought to the attention of the JH2O Project. These include 3 indoor stations at St. John’s Medical Center (in partnership with the Teton Hospital District d/b/a St. John’s Medical Center), one outdoor station at the “Village Commons” at Teton Village (in partnership with the Teton Village Association, a Wyoming Improvement and Service District) and one mobile unit for use at local events such as the Jackson Hole People’s Market, and JacksonHoleLive concerts. These proposed new locations are high-visibility, high-use areas associated with businesses and organizations committed to sustainability and align with the JH2O Project’s goals.
In light of this continued interest in expansion, the JH2O Project sustained its fundraising efforts. On March 7, 2015, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort sponsored an Eco-Apres event with all proceeds directed at the JH2O Project. Following this, on March 17, 2015 the project received approval from the Teton County Board of Commissioners for a $2,000 grant from Teton County’s Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling’s RRR Program. The project was also awarded a Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy grant in the amount of $1,500.
The JH2O mobile unit was constructed just in time for the Contour Music Festival and provided attendees with water bottle refilling opportunity, helping limit dependence on bottled … Continue Reading