Tourism Impact Services is the program administrator and lead destination advisor for the innovative Mountain IDEAL Program

Assessment and Planning Tools for Sustainable Resort, Rural, Recreation, and Gateway Communities


The Mountain IDEAL Standard is based on international best practices for sustainable destination management yet crafted to address the unique attributes of resort, rural, recreation, and gateway communities.  The standard is designed to help communities assessment themselves against dozens of validated guidelines for communities to evaluate their current status and set a path for improvement. 


Based on the Mountain IDEAL Assessment, communities can access tools and templates to incrementally install new policies, programs, and activities around sustainable community development.  The program tools will help communities focus on the Top 5 Best Practices which act as the foundation for implementing the full standard. 


For those communities which have implemented the vast majority of best practices and wish to have their efforts recognized, third party certification is available through Green Destinations, an internationally accredited certification body.