What is the Climate Friendly Parks Program?
Comparing 2006 and 2014 Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The decrease in total GHG from park operations is due to a variety of park actions. The old Jackson Visitor Center, approximately 60,000 square feet, was constructed with a flat roof which collected large amounts of snow. It required roughly 300-500 gallons of diesel fuel a day to run hot water through pipes in the ceiling to increase snow melt. The new Jackson Visitor Center, built in 2008, was designed to be an energy efficient building, meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. It is also approximately a third of the size with only 18,000 square feet, and has a steeply-pitched roof that can shed snow. This, in addition to a variety of actions aimed at reducing overall energy use such as the addition of solar panels on some park buildings, consolidating work space, and fixing old leaking water pipes, have helped reduce park operated energy emissions since 2006.
In addition to the overall reduction in park energy, GHG generated from park waste also decreased. In December 2013, LRI Landfill became a Landfill Gas to Energy (LFGTE) facility, helping to reduce our GHG emissions generated from waste.
Last updated: July 13, 2017