Introducing Our Strategy

Commitment to Sustainability

Support and direction for environmental stewardship in Yellowstone is clearly embedded in both the National Park Service mission and Yellowstone's significance.

Under the Organic Act of 1916, the National Park service was established and directed to promote and regulate the use of the National Parks to conserve the scenery, the natural historic objects, and the wild life and to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.

Yellowstone's purpose and significance is rooted in the intent of its enabling legislation, subsequent legislation and current knowledge of its natural, cultural, and scenic resources. Yellowstone preserves geologic wonders including the world's most extraordinary collection of geysers, hot springs and abundant and diverse wildlife, in one of the largest remaining intact temperate ecosystems on earth. It preserves an 11,000 year continuum of human history, including sites, structures, and events that reflect our shared heritage, and provides for the benefit, enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

Commitment to sustainability is made more important with a changing climate and increasing impacts to natural resources, locally and globally. Recent executive orders and acts require the Federal Government to protect resources through sustainable operations and facility adaptation. The National Park Service Green Parks Plan provides further direction for environmental stewardship, and has led to a firm commitment and support for Yellowstone's continued leadership in Environmental Stewardship.

A male park ranger speaks to seated visitors on a boardwalk
The Strategic Plan for Sustainability sets forth goals for operational and infrastructure improvements that reduce impacts on the environment while enhancing visitor experiences and employee living and working conditions.

NPS / Neal Herbert

Purpose for the Strategic Plan

The overall purpose of Yellowstone's Strategic Plan for Sustainability is to present clear direction within a simple framework by which everyone—employees, visitors, and partners—can work collaboratively toward unified goals to make Yellowstone greener.

The Strategic Plan for Sustainability sets forth goals for operational and infrastructure improvements that reduce impacts on the environment while enhancing visitor experiences and employee living and working conditions. By building upon service-wide direction, the Strategic Plan for Sustainability focuses on Yellowstone's specific challenges that call for reducing greenhouse gas emissions; energy, water and materials consumption; adapting facilities and conducting operations in an environmentally responsible manner. We plan to communicate all these efforts with transparency and a compelling message, to inspire sustainability efforts within and beyond Yellowstone.

This bold vision and road map for the next 5-10 years is a truly collaborative effort. In September 2011, representatives from corporate partners and educational institutions volunteered their time to participate in a "Greening Yellowstone Symposium." The goals and objectives presented here are derived from that symposium, evidence of the hard work and dedication by all who attended:

  • Andersen Windows & Doors
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Delaware North Company
  • Epsten Group, Inc
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Herman Miller, Inc.
  • Kohler
  • Michelin North America
  • Montana State University
  • New Leaf Paper
  • Shaw Carpets
  • Signature Carpets
  • Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
  • Universal Textile Technologies
  • University of Michigan
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Xanterra Parks & Resorts
  • Yellowstone Association
  • Yellowstone Park Foundation
Yellowstone's Green Team

Green Team is a group of Yellowstone National Park employees dedicated to leadership in sustainable management and operational practices in Yellowstone, promoting an environmentally responsible culture, sustainable initiatives, projects and programs through communication, education and coordination.

The team has members from many disciplines and representation from districts throughout the park.

Green Team strives to:

  • Communicate, educate and promote sustainable practices throughout the park.
  • Improve employee awareness and application of environmental stewardship through peer involvement in sustainable initiatives.
  • Implement and manage sustainable projects and programs throughout the park.
  • Assist with the program's internship program to facilitate productive studies and proposals.
  • Provide information and support to park management including recommendations, needs, and project development.
  • Work collaboratively on sustainable initiatives with partners and concessioners through the Yellowstone Environmental Coordinating Committee.

Last updated: July 18, 2016

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Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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