The Charture Institute is a Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based think tank focused on growth, change, and sustainability in Places of Ecological and Aesthetic Significance (PEAS). Such communities - places such as resort or national park gateway communities - have been growing and changing rapidly in the last 1-2 decades, raising concerns about whether such communities can sustain their essential qualities. Charture's mission is to help these communities understand what's happening to them, act to identify and sustain their essential qualities, and develop mechanisms for funding their sustainability efforts.
Charture's efforts focus in four inter-connected areas: research; actions; funding; and connecting a community through information and web-based tools.
Linking all of these efforts together is data. Charture grounds all of its efforts in objective, data-driven, nonpartisan and non-ideological research and analysis.
The Charture Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and funds itself through a combination of taxdeductible contributions, speaking and consulting, and projects.
Sustaining Jackson Hole is an effort to answer one fundamental question: What qualities about Jackson Hole does the community want to sustain for future generations?
It's about businesses recognizing that industry and ecology are inherently connected. It's about realizing the positive effects of connecting businesses, consumers and nonprofits through philanthropy. And it's about understanding that the true cost of doing business can be mitigated by a simple pledge to the planet.
Since 2002, 1% for the Planet has inspired members of the business community to contribute 1% of sales to environmental groups around the world. In return, this growing alliance of companies is given the opportunity not only to see their self-worth rise, but their net worth climb as well.