The National Park Service (NPS) is dedicated to the protection of natural and cultural resources at over four hundred park units across the United States. Within these parks, the NPS must also manage the largest number of constructed assets of any civilian agency in the federal government, including a range of structures, maintained landscapes, trails, and utility systems.

The Sustainable Operations and Maintenance Branch (SOMB) of the Park Facility Management Division (PFMD) seeks to ensure the sustainable management of national parks through the development of comprehensive and high-quality programs. In April 2012, the NPS released the first version of the Green Parks Plan (GPP), which established ambitious goals to improve Servicewide performance in sustainability. The GPP was updated in 2016 to keep pace with evolving priorities and legislative requirements and again, most recently, in 2023.

The third edition of the GPP, released in 2023, continues to define a collective vision while outlining goals and objectives to sustainably manage NPS operations.

For more information on Sustainability in the NPS, visit the Sustainability page.  

Last updated: February 22, 2023