Energy Conservation Works is a joint powers board made up of
We work in partnership with the Town of Jackson, Teton County, Lower Valley Energy, and a wide spectrum of organizations to implement and advocate for energy conservation and emissions reduction in Jackson Hole.
Energy Conservation Works and our partners use a variety of programs and sources of capital, including the $3.8M SPET for energy efficiency and distributed generation approved in 2010, to invest in initiatives to conserve energy and reduce emissions in Jackson Hole.
Understanding your personal emissions footprint and supporting certified offset programs allows you to further reduce your impact. You can use these resources to calculate and offset your personal carbon footprint.
We created the Jackson Hole Power Challenge so you can create your own household profile, learn about actions you can take, and track their impact on your footprint.
In 2009, former World Bank President James Wolfensohn inspired our community leaders, including former Mayor Mark Barron, to transform Jackson Hole in to a leader in energy conservation and use our special history and landscape to share the message, encouraging people around the world to act.
Leaders from the Town of Jackson, Teton County, and Lower Valley Energy created Energy Conservation Works, a joint powers board with board members from each of the three entities, as well as citizen board members, with the goal of achieving significant energy conservation and emissions reductions. That mission remains today.
As Founding Principal of Pathfinder Philanthropy Advisors, Elaine has worked with regional and international organizations to develop and support an organizational Culture of Philanthropy since 1999. Through fundraising consulting, strategic planning, organizational capacity building, stakeholder engagement and leadership training she has helped over 40 organizations raise $700 million. She has a B.A. from St. Lawrence University in Environmental Anthropology and African Studies and has completed graduate-level courses at the Harvard Program on Negotiation. Elaine recently served eight years on the State of Wyoming Agriculture and Natural Resources Mediation Board and seven years on the board of Western Resource Advocates, based in Boulder, Colorado. She is an avid skier, hiker and tennis player who enjoys spending time in the mountains with family and friends.
Mark is a local business owner and former 12-year Jackson mayor. Mark co-founded ECW in 2009 and served 5 years as board chair. Mark served 10 years on the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce board, two terms as chairman, 8 years on the Teton Literacy Program board, 2 terms as chairman, 3 years on the Jackson Hole Community Counseling board and 4 years on the Jackson Planning Commission. Mark was recognized as the 1999 Teton County Realtors and Wyoming Realtors Business Person of the Year, the 2007 and 2014 Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and 2014 Rotary Citizen and Rotarian of the Year.
Jonathan joined the Energy Conservation Works board in 2019, shortly after being sworn in as a member of Jackson's Town Council. A 30 year resident of Jackson, he is the Founder and Executive Director of the Charture Institute, a Jackson-based non-profit organization focusing on co-thriving, the state in which both human communities and the ecosystems in which they lie simultaneously thrive. Jonathan holds Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Master's in Public and Private Management from Yale University.
Jim has been President/CEO of Lower Valley Energy since 1994. Before that, Jim worked for numerous energy companies and served as President of the Idaho Energy Authority. He has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Utah. In addition to Energy Conservation Works, Jim serves on the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Board and the Northwest Requirements Utilities Board.
Jim has spent the past 30 years working for the Environmental Protection Agency and serving as the head of several international companies’ Energy and Environment Practices. Jim started his career in Washington, DC, working in various positions in the government, including serving on President Carter’s White House Energy Staff. He has a B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.P.A. from Princeton University. Jim is an avid biker, skier, and hiker.
Laura is a leader in the delivery of sustainable solutions for civil infrastructure. As a LEED Accredited Professional, she has spent the last 20 years advocating for design code changes and engineering solutions for complex master-planned communities and revitalization of mixed-use districts. Laura is a full member of the Urban Land Institute, past branch president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, past Chair of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure's National Technical Committee for the ENVISION rating system, and a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory Board.
Katy is a licensed civil engineer and founded Beyond Efficiency in 2009 to provide technical consulting services for high-performance building projects, something that was sorely lacking in the marketplace. She has twenty years of experience in the A/E/C and green building industries and is passionate about educating clients and team members on building science and best practices. Katy was a founding board member of the non-profit Passive House California and holds a Master of Science in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Jim is a renewable energy attorney, who has worked on many solar, wind, and storage projects in the U.S. and internationally. He chaired Baker McKenzie's Global Projects Practice Group and brings an understanding of the energy sector and the plans for transition to zero carbon. In addition, he brings perspective on energy conservation efforts and renewable energy programs around the U.S. and the E.U. Contractor Licensing Board