Mitigate Our Contribution To Climate Change
Climate change is primarily caused by the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from human activities3. To address climate change, the National Park Service is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, the total amount of greenhouse gases produced by an organization and all of its activities. Everglades National Park employs various methods to decrease their carbon footprint-mitigation strategies-such as using alternative energy.
At the Ernest Coe Visitor Center, the Park uses solar power to light the parking lot when dark. Operating lights on solar energy helps decrease the contribution of greenhouse gases from the use of fossil fuels. Being in the sunshine state certainly makes it easy for the Park to harness sustainable solar energy.
At the Flamingo campgrounds, the Park uses solar powered heaters to provide hot water for showers. Hot water was not available until the solar heaters were installed in 2010, so they also offer an improved service for you, our visitors. The high percentage of sunny days in Florida makes this an ideal way to contribute to the Park's energy conservation goals.
In 2012, Shark Valley Tram Tours replaced its fleet of petroleum diesel trams with biodiesel trams. Biodiesel fuel is made from vegetable oil, animal fats, or recycled restaurant grease and must meet certain standards in order to be used. The biodiesel trams are more fuel efficient than the old diesel trams and get about 2 to 3 times more miles per gallon.
Using biodiesel fuel significantly reduces the emission of greenhouse gases and harmful pollutants, bringing the Park closer to achieving its goal to make operations more sustainable. It was a long process to get these wonderful biodiesel trams, thank you Shark Valley Tram Tours Inc.!
Additional mitigation strategies include:
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Did You Know?
The Everglades is not the proverbial swamp many people consider it to be. It is technically a river, flowing southwest at the slow rate of about a quarter mile per day.