Be Energy Smart

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

The use of electricity and on-site energy to heat, cool, and light buildings remains one of the largest sources of National Park Service (NPS) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for over 40 percent of our annual GHG footprint. To contribute to a national effort to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use, the NPS is working to better understand and improve our own energy performance by tracking energy use, identifying opportunities to conserve energy, and implementing renewable and alternative energy sources as appropriate.

Green Parks Plan "Be Energy Smart" Objectives:
  • Reduce servicewide building energy use per square foot (energy intensity) by 25 percent by 2025 from the 2015 baseline.
  • Prioritize and implement energy conservation measures based on energy assessments conducted at the most energy consuming facilities every four years.
  • Improve energy use tracking through improved metering, energy reporting, and benchmarking to inform energy decisions, beginning with the buildings that consume the most energy.
  • Maximize energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel consumption of new assets, renovations, and maintenance operations and strive toward net-zero energy for new buildings to the extent practical and economically feasible.
  • Prioritize the use of renewable energy sources and fuel-efficient and alternative fuels equipment to meet operational and facilities management objectives for buildings and landscapes.
"Be Energy Smart" Success Stories
Parks and Regional NPS offices across the country are taking action to ensure operations are as sustainable as possible - including investing in energy conservation initiatives and renewable energy projects.