As one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries, tourism is a wonderful way for human beings to experience life and explore foreign places, from rare beaches and remote islands to National Parks and rainforests. However, tourism can often put great stress on the destinations we visit, especially those with biologically diverse habitats, endangered wildlife, and indigenous cultures. In fact, mass tourism plays a major role in fossil fuel emissions and climate change, with 72% of tourism’s CO2 coming from transportation, 24% from accommodations, and 4% from local activities. Between airline flights, cab rides, water use, and food preparation, tourism and traveling can unknowingly do major damage to the world in which we live. That’s why the Bentwood Inn works tirelessly to promote sustainable tourism in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
What Is Sustainable Tourism?
Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting a place and trying to make only a positive impact on its environment, society, and economy. These travelers seek to protect their destinations by educating themselves about the community, respecting local cultures, supporting local businesses that are environmentally conscious, and conserving resources. Visitors to Jackson Hole can do their part in helping to support sustainable tourism by staying with us at the Bentwood Inn.
Be Green at the Bentwood Inn
The Bentwood Inn is constantly implementing green initiatives and renovations to reduce our overall environmental footprint. Our inn features certified CRI Green Label carpeting, LED lighting throughout the property, a recycling system and compost yard, a timer for hot water, 100% biodegradable garbage bags, a Tesla Destination Charging Station (we’re the only lodge property in all of Wyoming that offers a place for Tesla cars to charge directly from a power source!) and food purchases that emphasize local and organic produce. With comfortable rooms and suites, beautiful views, and environmentally conscious efforts, you’ll experience a wonderful stay that you can feel good about.
In addition to managing sustainable tourism at the lodge, we are focused on educating our guests and giving them access to the beauty of Jackson Hole through responsible vendors. With Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris, our guests can travel with seasoned naturalists who are experts at explaining the dynamics of the area’s natural wonders and ecosystem, all while getting up-close and personal with our incredible native animal species. Or, take a ride down the river with our partnered rafting companies who will teach you all about conserving the Snake River habitat. The Center for Jackson Hole has a SHIFT Festival in the fall that celebrates sustainability and outdoor adventure tourism, and dog sledding and sleigh rides through the National Elk Refuge gift guests with fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experiences, without the harmful effects of gas-powered transportation.
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More than anything, our goal is to operate our Jackson Hole bed and breakfast in a responsible manner, while also enhancing our guests’ experiences in the valley. Each day, we are implementing new approaches to conserving resources in the hopes of making our town, state, and the world, a better place to explore. Join us today!
To learn more about sustainable tourism at the Bentwood Inn,
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