Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
"This issue should be dealt with in the same way we deal with safety; it is not a special initiative but is simply something we must do."
~ Cindy Orlando, Hawaii Volcanoes Superintendent
The ninth Climate Friendly Parks workshop was held at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in February 2007. Located over 2,000 miles from the nearest continental land mass, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sits on the southeastern edge of the youngest and largest island. Stretching from the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet to sea level, the Park protects a wide diversity of ecosystems and habitat for numerous native Hawaiian species such as carnivorous caterpillars, happy face spiders and colorful Hawaiian honeycreepers.
Hawaii Volcanoes has committed to reduce its GHG emissions to 12.5 percent below 2006 levels by the year 2012. Some of the strategies the park has identified include: providing visitors with access to key parts of the park via two hydrogen shuttle buses, producing or purchasing approximately 15 percent of electricity needs through renewable energy means, and developing a mandatory climate change training for Park staff.
The Park is also the first National Park to "sign on" to the Do Your Part program for Climate Friendly Parks. This new program aims to have individuals reduce their household greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through easy actions that save money.
The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Criteria Air Pollutant and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory was developed to provide an understanding of park emission sources and a baseline by which future emission reductions can be measured. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Climate Action Plan includes this inventory and identifies the strategies the park intends to implement in order to achieve these reductions.