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.
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.
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.