National Parks, Clean Cities Move Forward on Sustainable Transportation Projects
March 26, 2015
Clean Cities Initiative announces projects at five new national parks and the expansion of alternative fuel use at three existing partner parks
America's national parks are dedicated to safeguarding and providing access to our country's natural, cultural, and historical treasures. Through the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative (CCNPI), the U.S. Department of Energy is helping the National Parks Service (NPS) fulfill its mission on every level by adopting alternative fuel vehicles, minimizing petroleum use, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Clean Cities and the NPS have grown this partnership from three initial projects in 2010 to ongoing efforts at more than 27 parks across the country. To build on this success, the CCNPI is announcing projects at five new parks as well as expanding alternative fuel use at three other parks.
These projects span the gamut of geographies and technologies. The parks themselves range from small historical locations to large recreational sites. To meet individual parks' needs, Clean Cities has helped the parks identify which vehicles and infrastructure are right for them, from propane lawn mowers to plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and chargers. These projects are also educating park staff, concessioners, and visitors on how they can make their own driving behavior more sustainable.
The projects bring alternative fuel vehicles to a variety of new CCNPI partner parks, including:
- Christiansted National Historic Site (Virgin Islands)
- Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona)
- Point Reyes National Seashore (California)
- Wilson's Creek National Battlefield (Missouri)
- Independence National Historical Park (Pennsylvania)
In addition to these new projects, Clean Cities is also expanding existing projects at Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming), Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming), and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee).
Across the country, our national parks are making more sustainable transportation options available to their staff and visitors alike. For detailed project information, including which parks are partnering with their local Clean Cities coalitions, see the full press release.
To find out more about the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative, visit the Clean Cities website.
- Shannon Brescher Shea, U.S. Department of Energy
- Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team