Energy & Water

photo of man on roofThe NPS Energy and Water Management Program provides guidance on reducing energy and water consumption throughout the NPS and helps parks to increase energy and water efficiency. The program is responsible for assisting parks in improving the sustainability of NPS facilities, tracking and reporting performance data, and promoting the use of renewable energy resources and alternative fuels. Learn more...

Climate Change

photo of joshua tree parkTackling climate change depends on sustainable practices. Throughout the NPS, the effects of climate change are already impacting natural and cultural resources. At Joshua Tree National Park, changes in climate are making the park inhospitable to its namesake species. Learn more...

Pollution Prevention

photo of recyclingPollution prevention at national parks encompasses natural resource conservation and pollutant elimination/reduction through more efficient use of materials, energy, water and land. There are five sub-programs that fall under the Pollution Prevention (P2) program. Learn more...

Sustainable Buildings

photo of log home The Sustainable Building Design and Operation program helps parks identify ways to build and retrofit buildings to be more sustainable. The program has developed the NPS Sustainable Building Implementation Plan. Learn more...
Green Parks Plan, coming soon

What Is This?

The Green Parks Plan (GPP) articulates an overarching vision that will make everything we do more sustainable by establishing environmental performance targets, empowering staff to be agents of change, collaborating with stakeholders, and engaging millions of visitors to support this effort during visits and while at home.  We can all make a difference!

Go to the Green Parks Plan website to download the full plan.

PDF icon Read the 2013 Green Parks Plan press release

PDF icon Read sustainability success stories

PDF icon Read Green Parks Plan: One-Year Review

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Useful Resources

For a list of interesting links, be sure to check out this site's Useful Resources page as well as the links below.