U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Clean Cities

Green Rides Toolkit for National Parks

Through the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative, the National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Department of Energy offer the Green Rides Toolkit for NPS units and partners. These outreach materials help parks educate employees, partners, neighboring communities, and visitors about reducing vehicle emissions and cutting petroleum use.

The Green Rides Toolkit dovetails with existing NPS initiatives to reduce climate change impacts and foster sustainability. These materials equip NPS staff, concessioners, and Clean Cities coordinators with ways to share successes and collaborate on alternative transportation projects without developing outreach materials from scratch. The Green Rides Toolkit supports the Green Rides Objective under the Green Parks Plan, which defines a collective vision and long-term strategic plan for sustainable management of NPS operations.

Green Rides Toolkit Helps National Parks Drive Sustainably

Text version

Many products in the toolkit are stand-alone, ready-to-use pieces, and others are customizable for the needs and audiences of individual parks. PDFs of the materials are below. For InDesign files to customize, contact Andrew Hudgins.

Green Our Rides – Staff

This portion of the toolkit is tailored to park staff, concessioners, and partners, with the message "Green Our Rides." NPS staff can find additional Green Rides Toolkit materials on the insideNPS Green Parks Plan website.

Fact Sheet

Download the fact sheet to help employees learn about ways to cut petroleum use and reduce emissions.

Sample Letter

Download the sample letter for park leaders to send to NPS employees to support alternative transportation.

Employee Tip Card

Download the employee tip card to remind your colleagues of ways to cut petroleum use.

Employee Pledge Form

Download the employee pledge form to encourage your coworkers to mitigate climate change.

Alternative Fuel Station Locator Instructions

Download the Alternative Fuel Station Locator instructions to help your park provide options for visitors to find alternative fueling stations.

Idle Reduction Decal

Download the idle reduction decal to support a campaign to reduce vehicle idling at your park.

Talking Points

Download the talking points to help staff promote alternative transportation projects.

Success Stories

Download the success stories to share examples of alternative transportation projects at other parks.

Presentation Template

Download this presentation template to create a presentation to help employees learn about ways to cut petroleum use and reduce emissions.

Green Your Ride – Visitors

This portion of the toolkit is tailored to park visitors and surrounding communities, with the message "Green Your Ride."

Visitor Pledge Form

Download the visitor pledge form to encourage your park visitors to reduce vehicle emissions and conserve fuel.

Visitor Tip Card

Download the visitor tip card to educate your park visitors on ways to cut petroleum use.

Driver Behavior Newspaper Insert

Download the driver behavior newspaper insert to promote fuel-efficient driving through local media.

Idle Reduction Newspaper Insert

Download idle reduction newspaper insert to promote ways to reduce vehicle idling through local media.

Idle Reduction Poster

Download the idle reduction poster to promote cutting emissions and saving fuel.

Presentation Template

Download this presentation template to create a presentation to encourage your park visitors to reduce vehicle emissions and conserve fuel.