Green Parks Plan Released on Earth Day, 2012

Green Parks Plan

Green Parks Plan


Quick Facts


A Call to Action
Action Item:
Go Green
Year Accomplished:

The Green Parks Plan which outlines NPS's sustainability vision and sets ambitious goals was released in April, 2012.  Everyone is encouraged to take action to support this sustainability movement in all aspects of their operations and to be agents of change -drive less, buy less, conserve more, and share best practices. 

The GPP consists of nine strategic goals below. Within each of these strategic goals are several performance objectives that establish specific targets for NPS operations.  Examples include: reducing Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent; reducing building energy intensity by 35 percent; and diverting 50 percent of solid waste generated from going to landfills.


  • Continuously Improve Environmental Performance

The NPS will meet and exceed the requirements of all applicable environmental laws

  • Be Climate Friendly and Climate Ready

The NPS will reduce GHG emission and adapt facilities at risk from climate change

  • Be Energy Smart

The NPS will improve facility energy performance and increase reliance on renewable energy

  • Be Water Wise

The NPS will improve facility water use efficiency

  • Green Our Rides

The NPS will transform our fleet and adopt greener transportation methods

  • Buy Green and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The NPS will purchase environmentally friendly products and increase waste diversion and recycling

  • Preserve Outdoor Values

The NPS will minimize the impact of facility operations on the external environment

  • Adopt Best Practices

The NPS will adopt sustainable best practices in all facility operations

  • Foster Sustainability Beyond Our Boundaries

The NPS will engage visitors about sustainability and invite their participation.


In addition to specific environmental performance areas such as energy, water, and waste, the GPP purposefully included a goal category focused on inviting park visitors, partners and communities to participate, called "Foster Sustainability Beyond our Boundaries".  Through interpretation and educational and partnering opportunities 280 million annual park visitors can see what NPS is doing for more sustainable operations and take these experiences home.  If visitors adopt even a few strategies to operate more sustainably in their daily lives the impact would be significant and far greater than what the NPS can achieve within its own boundaries.