Since its creation in 1916, the National Park Service (NPS) has been a world leader in protecting natural and cultural resources. The NPS has preserved many of the country’s greatest treasures and in the process has become a model for resource management. Through the implementation of the Green Parks Plan, the Service strives to extend that leadership to the sustainable management of our facilities and operations in order to fully carry out the mission of environmental stewardship. Working towards the vision of net zero waste, energy, and water usage, Catoctin Mountain Park is making changes to lessen our impact of our operation on the environment.
Climate Friendly Parks
Catoctin Mountain Park joined the Climate Friendly Parks Program in 2013 with the goal of reducing the park’s greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to a changing climate. Through the program, we have conducted annual inventories of emissions in the park and developed strategies to ensure our operations become more sustainable.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Energy Efficient Facilities
Additionally, the Catoctin Mountain Park sustainability committee looks at recycling and resource usage in the park. Their goal is to increase the amount of waste diverted to recycling, by providing employees and visitors with better recycling infrastructure and education.
These changes to our operations not only reduce our impact on the planet, they also save money by reducing our water and electric bills. Calculate your carbon footprint to see where you can save money.
How You Can Help
You can be a part of the solution. At home, on the road, and in the park – get involved!
Eastern Forests and Climate
Changes in seasonal weather could have an impact on eastern forests, and the animals that call them home.
Health and Climate Change
Mosquito and tick-borne diseases are on the rise in a warming climate.
The greenhouse effect is becoming stronger due to human activity.
Last updated: November 20, 2018