In Summer 2019, GGNRA achieved carbon-neutral park operations, accomplishing a major milestone set forth in the park’s Climate Change Action Plan a whole year ahead of schedule. As of 2019, emissions from park operations are offset by purchasing carbon credits. Thus, the park currently contributes no net release of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere.
What are Carbon Offsets?
Carbon offsets balance out emissions taking place somewhere else. They represent the act of reducing, avoiding, destroying or sequestering equivalent fossil fuel emissions in one place to compensate for carbon emissions elsewhere. Our carbon offsets provider, Terrapass, is certified by Green-e® Climate, an independent certification program for fossil fuel emissions reductions sold in the voluntary market.
Carbon Footprint from Park Operations
The park measures emissions from three different sectors: Energy, Transportation, and Waste.
Purchased Electricity (Energy): this is the electricity we get from our energy providers. As of 2017, the park purchased 100% renewable electricity, creating a carbon footprint of zero from electricity.
Stationary Combustion (Energy): this includes the propane, diesel, and natural gas that is used to heat our buildings and run emergency generators.
On-Road and Off-Road Fleet (Transportation): these are the vehicles we use for our park operations. Light duty vehicles transport staff to various park sites, and heavy duty equipment is used to mow, pave, and move sand on beaches. Most of our sedans are hybrids or electric, while the heavier equipment uses gas or diesel.
Solid Waste (Waste): the waste that goes to landfills, especially organic materials, will generate methane, a potent heat-trapping gas.
Wastewater (Waste): the methane created from sewage is also counted in our carbon footprint.
Last updated: September 13, 2019