Carney scales back

John Carney is scaling back his role at the architecture firm he founded 27 years ago.

He has “transitioned into the next phase of his professional career,” said a press release from Carney Logan Burke Architects and will “enjoy a much anticipated sabbatical while continuing to serve on local boards and completing several ongoing projects he is involved with at CLB.”

In the press release Carney described his nearly three decades at the firm as rewarding: “Over 300 projects and 50 design awards later I am immensely proud of everything we have achieved in this community and beyond.”

In Jackson Hole those projects include the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve in Grand Teton National Park, the Center for the Arts Phase 2 and the Jackson Hole Airport expansion. In Teton Village, the press release said, the firm’s projects included the JH Tram Building and Clocktower, the Bridger Center, Rendezvous Lodge, Solitude Station and Caldera House.

Carney is one of only four Wyomingites to have been recognized as a fellow in the American Institute of Architects.

He has served as a Teton County commissioner and planning commissioner and has served on the boards of the Wyoming Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Jackson Hole Historical Society and the Jackson Hole Land Trust.

He currently serves on the boards of Jackson Hole Working and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

— Staff report

Report: Create destination council

A new report stresses that a destination stewardship council must be created so Teton County can be certified by EarthCheck as a sustainable destination.

EarthCheck, an organization in Australia that’s accredited by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, is slated to audit Teton County in September to see if it meets the standards for certification. Creating the destination stewardship council is one of the steps listed in a consultant’s “pre-assessment report.”

The report describes the destination stewardship council as a “formally established body responsible for sustainability policy development and implementation integrated with policies generated by various entities.” It must represent the entire destination and be organized to ensure funding and continuity.

Though there is a Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program steering committee it “sits outside a formal structure and is completely voluntary for all participants,” the report said.

The council needs to be formed soon, said Tim O’Donoghue, executive director of the Riverwind Foundation, which is coordinating the certification effort.

“The sooner the better,” he said in an email, “because (1) we continue to market but not manage Jackson Hole as a travel and tourism destination and are suffering the impacts of this, (2) the national parks are in the process of developing visitor use management plans that should be coordinated with the other destination authorities, and (3) we won’t get certified without a DSC or the equivalent.”

The destination stewardship could be formed by the town of Jackson and Teton County or through a memorandum of understanding with all of its members.

Julie Klein of Confluence Sustainability conducted the preassement of Teton County using the EarthCheck standard. She is a former longtime resident of Jackson Hole who led the sustainability programs of Vail Corporation and Grand Teton Lodge Company.

O’Donoghue said the volunteer destination certification team includes Anu Ponnamma of the Riverwind Foundation’s board of directors; Kelly French of Jackson Curbside Recycling; Tom Crowell, a “private citizen”; Monay Olson of The Shine Group; and Lindsey Ehinger, a sustainability consultant.

— Jennifer Dorsey

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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