The Andy Tyson Leadership Award in Sustainability (ATLAS) is a peer-based award recognizing an outstanding individual from the Teton region for their efforts in local, community-oriented environmental sustainability projects within the Tetons’ built environment. Recipients traditionally have been recognized each May at the Jackson EcoFair, an event that Andy helped start in the early 2000s.
The ATLAS committee looks forward to receiving applications again in 2023 and providing the community with the opportunity to publicly recognize the efforts of citizens like Andy who are working hard to achieve sustainability in the Tetons’ built environment. In order to give a bit more time this year, nominations will remain open until June 23.
Andy was a leader in ushering thoughtful and sustainable living into everyday life. His expertise was broad and his passion was infectious. He filled many roles including; technical expert, a community organizer, a life-long learner, a passionate volunteer, and a caring friend, partner, and spouse.
“Advocating for renewable energy and sustainability in our greater region isn’t easy, but that never stopped Andy from rolling up his sleeves and trying incredibly hard, whether working to create Teton Valley’s first net metering program, attending burgeoning sustainability events all over the area or fighting for solar’s place in Idaho’s energy portfolio,” says his wife, Molly Tyson. “Andy was the ultimate diplomat. His easy going, manner, science based approach and total professionalism helped create bridges between diverse sectors in the sustainability world.”