What We Do

Hybrid Vehicles at Carlesbad Caverns National Park
Hybrid vehicle fleet at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Solar powered building at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Solar-powered building at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

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The Sustainable Operations and Climate Change (SOCC) Branch is part of the Park Facility Management Division of the National Park Service (NPS). We work with parks and regions to develop comprehensive and high quality programs to assist in implementing sustainable best practices in the following four areas:
  • Energy and Water Conservation
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Facility Adaptation
  • Sustainable Building Design and Operation
  • Pollution Prevention
Several Executive Secretarial Orders require agencies within the Department of the Interior to increase sustainable practices and reduce their environmental footprints. The National Park Service also developed agency-specific strategies to tackle sustainability and climate change issues including our Climate Change Action Plan (PDF 4.75MB), Climate Change Response Strategy (PDF 5.02MB), and Green Parks Plan (PDF 3.5KB).

This website provides visitors with opportunities to learn more about our program areas, stay updated on relevant news and events, find sustainability and climate change web resources and links to other sustainability programs within and outside the NPS, and legislation that guide Servicewide sustainability activities and goals.