Climate change is primarily caused by the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from human activities3. To address climate change, the National Park Service is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, which is the total amount of greenhouse gases produced by an organization and all of its activities. Everglades National Park employs various methods to decrease its carbon footprint, including mitigation strategies such as using alternative forms of energy.
At the Ernest Coe Visitor Center, solar energy is stored during the day and used at night to light the parking lot. Lights powered by solar energy contribute smaller amounts of greenhouse gases than the same lights powered by fossil fuel. The park's location in the southernmost part of Florida, the "Sunshine State," facilitates the harness of sustainable solar energy.