Climate Friendly Parks Program Timeline

February 2002 - The Climate Friendly Parks pilot program was started in response to the President's February 2002 call for voluntary action on climate change.

June 2003 - The first Climate Friendly Parks workshop was held in
Gateway National Recreation Area.

December 2003 - The second Climate Friendly Parks workshop was held in
Glacier National Park.

May 2004 - The third Climate Friendly Parks workshop was held in
Zion National Park.

2005 - Everglades National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area held Climate Friendly workshops.

2006 - The first Climate Friendly Parks regional workshop was held in Oakland, California. Point Reyes National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Lake Mead National Recreation Area were represented. Yosemite National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park also both held Climate Friendly workshops.

2007 - The Climate Friendly Parks website was launched. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore held Climate Friendly workshops.

2008 - Bandelier National Monument, Fire Island National Seashore, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Golden Gate National Recreation Area hosted regional Climate Friendly workshops.

2009 - Grand Canyon National Park, Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and North Cascades National Park held Climate Friendly workshops. More than 1,000 individuals have attended Climate Friendly workshops to date, representing NPS staff, community stakeholders, local non-profit members, university staff, and local, regional, and federal government representatives.

2010 - Cape Cod National Seashore as well as the North Coast and Cascades, Upper Columbia Basin, Klamath, Sierra, Mojave Desert, San Francisco Bay Area, Mediterranean Coast, and Pacific Islands networks of the Pacific West Region all hosted regional Climate Friendly workshops in which many parks participated.

2011 - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Shenandoah National Park, and National Capital Region all hosted Climate Friendly workshops. A total of 161 parks have completed GHG inventories, and 70 parks have completed their action plans and become certified as Climate Friendly Parks.

2012 – Hosted several CFP workshops including the two largest “cluster” workshops in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Participant parks included Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Badlands National Park, Devils Tower National Monument, Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Jewel Cave National Monument, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Wind Cave National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site — as well the Midwest Region Inventory & Monitoring network, and several regions and visiting parks, including Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  The Program also welcomed seven new member parks, including the Flagstaff Area Parks, the first to integrate their Climate Action Plan with their park-wide Environmental Management System (EMS).