Adjust heating and cooling systems to reduce emissions.
Adjust heating and cooling systems to reduce emissions.
Do Your Part

So many of our everyday activities, from commuting to turning on lights, result in the burning of fossil fuels for energy. This burning produces greenhouse gases that pile up in the atmosphere and trap heat, making the planet hotter.

Fortunately, there are many simple ways to lessen the amount of gases that are produced by our everyday actions. A few small changes can add up to huge collective energy savings and emissions reductions. Also, many of these changes bring added benefits, including financial savings and cleaner air.

At Home
Park and neighborhood Our activities at home impact the health of our parks.

Our everyday activities at home are connected to the health of our national parks. We can help protect our parks by choosing simple activities that reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, including:

  • Keeping the thermostat a little lower in winter and higher in summer. Like many other emissions-reducing actions, this one can also save money.
  • Recycling, and using recycled products (which typically take much less energy to produce).
  • Buying local food. Many stores and farmers' markets in the National Capital Region sell fresh food from nearby farms and other sources.

There are many more ways to reduce emissions that result from our activities at home. For more tips, visit the NPS climate change website.

At the Parks
Manassas National Park Your actions at home help protect our cultural and natural resources.

Visitors to NCR parks can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by:

  • Turning off your vehicle instead of idling it. This saves gas and reduces pollution.
  • Walking or biking rather than driving.
  • Bringing your own water bottle, which reduces waste and saves energy and money.

There are many more ways for visitors to reduce emissions at national parks. For more tips, visit the NPS climate change website.


Giselle Mora-Bourgeois
Science Education Coordinator
National Park Service
Center for Urban Ecology
4598 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20007

(202) 342-1443 x220