The National Park Service (NPS) is dedicated to the protection of natural and cultural resources at over four hundred park units across the United States. Within these parks, the NPS must also manage the largest number of constructed assets of any civilian agency in the federal government, including a range of structures, maintained landscapes, trails, and utility systems.
The Sustainable Operations and Climate Change (SOCC) Branch of the Park Facility Management Division (PFMD) seeks to ensure the sustainable management of national parks through the development of comprehensive and high quality programs. In 2012, the NPS released the Green Parks Plan (GPP) which defines the collective vision and strategic plan for sustainable operations across the agency. The plan is framed around 9 sustainability categories and sets ambitious agency-wide goals. The vision is strengthened by our commitment to "Go Green", as outlined in the Director's Call to Action, as well as the GPP being an integral part of the NPS Climate Change Action Plan.
To meet the goals of the GPP as well as those outlined in federal executive orders and other agency policy, the branch assists parks in implementing sustainable best practices throughout agency operations, with efforts focused in the following areas: