The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program partners with the National Park Service through the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative to support transportation projects that educate park visitors on the benefits of reducing dependence on petroleum, cutting greenhouse gases, and easing traffic congestion. This initiative complements the NPS Climate Friendly Parks program by demonstrating the environmental benefits of reducing petroleum use.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is partnering with the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition to acquire four hybrids and four propane pickup trucks to replace less efficient vehicles dating back to model year 1989. The vehicles are helping raise awareness of sustainability among the park's visitors.
Stewardship Through Fleet Greening
The Clean Cities National Park Initiative complements the NPS Climate Friendly Parks Program. The Program provides parks with the tools and resources to address climate change with in park boundaries as well as surrounding communities.
The Blue Ridge Parkway greatly appreciates the opportunity to partner with the Department of Energy, Virginia Clean Cities Coalition, and North Carolina Land of Sky Clean Vehicle Coalition in taking this big step in greening their fleet while promoting stewardship to our visitors and surrounding communities.
The Parkway has been given a $241,861.00 grant. This grant will cover the purchase of four hybrid electric vehicles (HE) and four propane bi-fuel alternative fuel vehicles (FIVE) opened fueled pickup trucks. These new vehicles will replace eight petroleum vehicles currently in service on the Parkway. The Parkway will also work with both Clean Cities Coalitions to promote public awareness of the park’s efforts to green their fleet. Purchase of these vehicles will help meet the park’s petroleum reduction goal of 30% by 2020.
The following is a quick summary of Parkway vehicle information:
Last updated: May 16, 2016