Point Reyes National Seashore staff members have established a Global Climate Change Workgroup committed to the goal of reducing the carbon footprint of the Seashore through conservation, innovation, partnership and leading by example. Members collaborate as a team to identify sources of carbon emissions. They then evaluate and propose solutions that reduce the park’s carbon footprint, conserve natural, cultural and financial resources, and educate the local community and visiting public about global warming, its impacts and conservation strategies. Beyond education, the workgroup works to actually effect change in our local environment through conservation, recycling, reuse and incorporation of new technologies throughout all facets of the Seashore's operations and management activities. The workgroup assists park managers in preparing for the changes to come through research, planning, and strategic thinking.
Goals of the workgroup include:
- Find ways to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and promote energy diversity.
- Identify ways to reduce energy consumption.
- Find low carbon technologies to replace traditional practices which result in higher carbon emission.
- Incorporate sustainable practices and reduced carbon emission into all areas of park planning and operations.
- Provide educational outreach to park staff, the local community and visitors to increase awareness of GCC and affect change beyond our boundaries.