Ongoing Activity 1 – Workshop Follow-up Assistance & Other Activities

Follow-up Support
Being recognized as a Climate Friendly Park is just the beginning of the journey toward becoming a truly sustainable park. Keep in mind that WASO and regional support is available to help with overall project planning, technical aspects, EMS integration, and communicating sustainability and climate change. Please feel free to contact us and share how we can further assist you in achieving your CFP goals.

Build Staff Engagement
Inspiring and educating your park staff is a key focus of the CFP program, and capitalizing on the energy generated during this process is invaluable. Please contact us to find out about best practices at parks from across the region and incentive programs to reward sustainability actions. In the near future, a staff engagement website called My Green Parks will be launched to facilitate the sharing of best practices across regions.

Building Stakeholder and Community Support
The CFP program encourages its member parks to commit to ongoing conversations between the park, surrounding community, and other stakeholders to support the development of shared mitigation options and build climate change awareness. Where possible, parks should look to share resources and support sustainable business practices in its gateway communities.

Develop an interpretation strategy
Focus on how your park unit plans to communicate your CLIP inventory, CFP action items, overall sustainability, and the impacts of climate change to visitors and park staff. Focus on sustainability messages using ideas, projects, and natural and cultural resources that are unique to your park unit. For assistance and park examples please contact Ryan Scavo with Sustainable Operations and Climate Change or Angie Richman with the Climate Change Response Program.

Ongoing Activity 2 – Implement & Continue Developing EMS Yearly Work Plan

After completing an EMS, the Green Team should ensure that actions are completed within the timeline and by the individuals identified in the yearly work plan. Prioritize your action items and select a few each year that you anticipate will be accomplished. The CFP workshop will most likely have generated enough action items to keep your park unit busy for 15–20 years. Establish focal areas and approach action items one by one to increase your productivity and decrease the potential of feeling overwhelmed.

The Green Team should agree upon a schedule for updating the yearly work plan based on progress made by the park to reduce emissions. Additionally, using the CLIP Tool to develop new emission inventories will help you better understand your successes and areas of concern.

Building Stakeholder and Community Support
The CFP program encourages its member parks to commit to ongoing conversations between the park, its surrounding community, and other stakeholders to support the development of shared action items and to foster climate change awareness. Where possible, parks should look to share resources and support sustainable business practices in its gateway communities.