The Climate Friendly Parks Program is one component of the National Park Service Green Parks Plan, an integrated approach to address climate change through implementing sustainable practices throughout our operations.
The Climate Friendly Parks (CFP) Program began as a partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help parks understand the concepts of climate change and in turn communicate these concepts and success stories to park staff, visitors, and partners. Today, the National Park Service's (NPS) Sustainable Operations and Climate Change branch of the Park Facility Management Division coordinates all CFP efforts in partnership with the NPS Air Resource Division.
Since 2003, the program has aimed to:
- Measure park-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
- Educate park staff and the public about climate change and demonstrate ways individuals and groups can take action to address the issue
- Develop strategies and specific actions to address sustainability challenges, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and anticipate the impacts of climate change on park resources
The CFP Program includes over 100 member parks dedicated to reducing resource consumption, cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and educating park staff and the public about climate change and sustainability.