Grand Canyon is now a Climate Friendly Park!
In 2010, Grand Canyon National Park's Climate Action Plan was approved, completing the final step necessary for the park to become a Climate Friendly Park.
Climate Friendly Parks (CFP) have made a commitment to become environmental leaders by lowering their greenhouse gas emissions and teaching others how to limit their own impacts on the environment.
Park staff started the process of becoming a Climate Friendly Park by submitting an application and conducting a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory. That inventory used 2008 emissions data to set the baseline against which all of the park's future GHG emissions will be judged.
Next, the park hosted a CFP workshop, bringing together park staff, partners and stakeholders to explore the anticipated impacts of regional climate change; share information on existing, climate friendly initiatives in the park and local area; and collaboratively build a vision of a greener Grand Canyon, creating the foundation for the park's Climate Action Plan.
The Climate Action Plan outlines the steps park staff, partners and residents have committed to take to reduce waste and to improve the management of energy, water and transportation, in order to reduce park GHG emissions. Grand Canyon's Climate Action Plan includes implementation of a structured green office program, development of a South Rim composting program, gradual conversion to solar water heaters in NPS residences, and exploring alternative energy sources for various locations in the park. All action items within the plan are intended to move the park toward its overall goal of a 30 percent reduction in GHG emissions by the year 2020.