Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts About the Park

Just a 30 minute drive West of Washington, D.C., Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is the only national park dedicated to presenting the performing arts. Well known for its magnificent Filene Center and world-renowned performances, Wolf Trap also provides a natural enclave in the midst of an increasingly urbanized northern Virginia. Less than half of Wolf Trap's land is developed, leaving about 65 acres of woodland, streams, and wetland with a wide variety of plants, animals, birds, and wildflowers. Wolf Trap's natural areas add critical green space in a dense suburb, provide refuges for many species, serve as a migration rest stop for wildlife, and serve as a living biology classroom to the adjacent community.


In order to target emissions reductions efforts, the park assessed 2009 emissions from park operations by source. At 700 MTCO2e, or 63 % of emissions from park operations, emissions from purchased electricity are by far the largest source of the park’s GHG emissions. This is understandable since the park manages energy intensive facilities. At 275 MTCO2e (25% of emissions from park operations) and 89 MTCO2e (8% of emissions from park operations), municipal solid waste disposal and mobile combustion are the next largest sources, respectively.


The graph below, taken from our Action Plan, shows our park operations baseline greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2009 broken down into sectors:
Wolf Trap Emissions Profile


Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts has established a vision to be seen as the demonstrated leader among artists, arts presenters, patrons, and the broader community for integrating environmental sustainability into the arts and parks and sharing their expertise through educational programs.

Six overarching strategies were identified in order to achieve the many sustainability goals identified in our climate action plan. As this plan focuses on the challenges and opportunities for Wolf Trap to address climate change, both within and beyond its boundaries, all of the strategies will be viewed through a climate change lens. Specifically, all strategies and goals within will be viewed as a means to either mitigate the cause of climate change, namely the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, or adapt to its impacts. Some of our goals and strategies include:

– Reduce GHG emissions from all park operations by 12% below 2009 levels by 2016
– Improve waste reduction, recycling and education & outreach programs
– Encourage carbon sequestration through landscape initiatives

To read more about what Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is doing about Climate Change with Climate Friendly Parks, check out the Action Plan!