National Parks to Get Greener, Cleaner

“Green Energy Parks” Initiative Provides $1.6 Million for 70 New Clean Energy Projects

The Department of the Interior’s National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $1.6 million in funding for 70 new clean energy projects at national parks across the country under the Green Energy Parks program. A joint NPS and DOE initiative, Green Energy Parks provides energy efficient and renewable energy technologies and alternative fuels for the National Park System. The announcement was made at Anacostia Park in Southeast D.C., which will receive funding to install solar powered lighting for its Urban Tree House, an outdoor environmental education center. “Parks are an ideal way to showcase clean energy tchnologies,” said T. J. Glauthier, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy. “Thousands of visitors to Anacostia Park and millions of visitors to other national parks implementing clean energy programs will have an opportunity to see and experience the environmental benefits first hand.” David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior added, “This joint effort demonstrates the high level of federal government commitment to energy and water conservation, and the national parks are an ideal venue for showcasing these clean energy technologies.” The departments will provide funding and technical assistance for this year’s 70 projects that include energy efficient lighting, ground-source heat pumps, solar water heating and photovoltaic-produced power. Recently, the DOE and the NPS were honored with the President’s Award for Federal Energy Management Success for their outreach partnership efforts demonstrated by the Green Energy Parks program. The program was recognized for its innovative renewable and energy efficient technologies in national parks. In 1999, NPS and DOE invested more than $1.5 million in 60 projects that provided clean energy and alternative fuels in 20 national parks. Educational displays that accompanied these energy projects explain to visitors how smart energy management saves energy and money while reducing pollution at home, at work, and in transportation choices.

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