Sustainability. The capability to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. For purposes of this part, ‘‘ecological sustainability’’ refers to the capability of ecosystems to maintain ecological integrity; ‘‘economic sustainability’’ refers to the capability of society to produce and consume or otherwise benefit from goods and services including contributions to jobs and market and nonmarket benefits; and ‘‘social sustainability’’ refers to the capability of society to support the network of relationships, traditions, culture, and activities that connect people to the land and to one another, and support vibrant communities.  

Ecological integrity. The quality or condition of an ecosystem when its dominant ecological characteristics (for example, composition, structure, function, connectivity, and species composition and diversity) occur within the natural range of variation and can withstand and recover from most perturbations imposed by natural environmental dynamics or human influence.

Rendezvous River Sports Achieves BEST Certification

Jackson, Wyoming:  June 16, 2022 - Rendezvous River Sports has achieved the Business Emerald Sustainability Tier (BEST) level of sustainability performance from the Riverwind Foundation, originator of the BEST Program (  The standards in the BEST program are comparable to the world's most rigorous and comprehensive environmental, community, and economic sustainability criteria. Rendezvous River Sports joins a growing group of businesses and organizations to achieve this third-party sustainability certification. The BEST program was created to provide an opportunity and platform for those Sustainable Business Leaders that want to elevate their sustainability practices to higher levels of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic vitality. 

"Our whole team is excited to have earned our BEST certification” says Owner Aaron Pruzan. “This rigorous process is a great learning experiences and has helped us take our sustainability initiatives to the next level. We will continue to work to find creative and effective ways to minimize waste, use less energy, be outstanding stewards of the rivers and lakes we are privileged to guide on and to help our community have a balanced approach to providing excellent experiences for our guests and being an amazing place to live." 

"Led by Aaron Pruzan’s effective advocacy for environmental stewardship and passion for providing outstanding experiences on our waterways, Rendezvous River Sports has demonstrated that a recreation business can give back to our natural resources while providing jobs and contributing to our local economy” says Tim O’Donoghue, Executive Director of the Riverwind Foundation.  "Rendezvous River Sport is an inspiring example of repurposing equipment and supplies, using a variety of tactics for lowering carbon emissions, and supporting a long list of community organizations and initiatives.”

Rendezvous River Sports provides guided river and lake day and overnight trips in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, Bridger-Teton National Forest, and other locations for paddlers of all skill levels and ages.  More information on Rendezvous River Sport’s stewardship and sustainability efforts can be found at:

Contact:  Tim O’Donoghue

Executive Director, Riverwind Foundation

(307) 690-3316 / [email protected]

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