National Parks Initiative
Clean Cities partners with the National Park Service (NPS) through the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative to support transportation projects that educate park visitors on the benefits of cutting petroleum use and vehicle emissions. Since 2010, Clean Cities and NPS have partnered on 35 projects to deploy alternative fuel and fuel-efficient vehicles to the road, reduce vehicle idling, and improve vehicle efficiency. These actions support and coincide with NPS's efforts to address climate change impacts.
Catoctin Mountain Park
Visitors enjoying Thurmont Vista. Courtesy of NPS
Working with the State of Maryland Clean Cities coalition, Catoctin Mountain Park will replace two conventional vehicles with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and install three electric vehicle charging stations for park and public use. The park also will replace four gasoline lawnmowers with propane mowers and share their use with a nearby military base. The project also includes an idle-reduction education and outreach initiative.
See how the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative supports parks transportation projects.