Wyoming's Luxury Hotel Terra Jackson Hole is Eco-Friendly

Who says “lavish” and “responsible” don’t belong in the same sentence?

Michaela Jackson
On Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 18:50

Who says “lavish” and “responsible” don’t belong in the same sentence?

The 72-room luxury Hotel Terra Jackson Hole in Wyoming artfully proves environmental stewardship can, and does, still feel like splurging.

As one of only six LEED-certified hotels in the country, the Hotel Terra offsets 100 percent of its electric power use with the purchase of renewable resources, including solar, geothermal and wind power.

“It is an urgent need,” says Samantha Denney, corporate director of marketing for the Terra Resort Group.

The LEED Green Building Rating System was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and is the national standard for environmentally friendly buildings. The hotel is one of many energy-efficient practices that are currently being used in furthering Wyoming's economic development.

The hotel has adopted a number of green-friendly practices in its construction and operations, everything from 100 percent recycled “eco shake” roof shingles to low-volatile-organic carpets and paint to state-of-the-art HVAC, high-efficiency windows, chemical-free cleaning and laundry products, and high-performance touch-screen telephones to reduce guest paper use.

“We hope to be a part of a larger movement toward sustainable travel and tourism, and ultimately help influence consumers’ buying decisions through education and firsthand experience with the possibilities of sustainable luxury.”


Michaela Jackson has worked as a reporter for The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as a freelance writer for a variety of regional and national magazines.