Clean Cities 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. This initiative complements the NPS Climate Friendly Parks program by demonstrating the environmental benefits of cutting petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Clean Cities works with NPS to identify parks that would benefit from Clean Cities' support. Transportation projects are featured below.
Acadia National Park
At Acadia National Park, visitors and staff can travel among park destinations, inns, campgrounds, and neighboring communities on buses powered by alternative fuels. The park is working with Maine Clean Communities to introduce eight alternative and fuel-efficient vehicles to replace inefficient gasoline-powered vehicles. Acadia National Park is also installing two electric vehicle charging stations that will be available to the public.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway has worked with the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles coalition to cut petroleum use in the park. Blue Ridge is acquiring four hybrids and four propane pickup trucks to replace less-efficient vehicles dating back to model year 1989. The vehicles are helping raise awareness of sustainability among the park's visitors. The park is also installing a propane refueling station.
Blue Ridge Parkway Incorporates Alternative Fuels in Its Fleet
Catoctin Mountain Park
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.
Christiansted National Historic Site
Christiansted National Historic Site, located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, commemorates urban colonial development and offers visitors a chance to experience the history and lifestyle of that time. The park is planning to deploy two all-electric vehicles in its fleet and install two electric vehicle charging stations (EVSE) within the historic site. The project will serve multiple functions: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to promote sustainable transportation, and to diversify the park's fleet to include alternative fuel vehicles. The new vehicles will also be used to educate island residents about EVSE and clean energy technology in transportation through the park's interpretive program on climate change and sustainability.
Denali National Park and Preserve
The most visited park in Alaska, Denali National Park and Preserve covers 6 million acres, located 300 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The iconic park is acquiring one plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and one photovoltaic-powered charging station to help reduce emissions in Denali’s "Front Country," home to several campgrounds, visitor centers, and administration facilities. The PEV will replace a gasoline-powered vehicle typically driven short distances. The charging station, to be constructed by local students, will pave the way for expanded use of PEVs in the area and help educate park visitors on the importance of cutting petroleum use and reducing emissions.
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
The Southern Colorado Clean Cities coalition and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument are collaborating to replace two gasoline vehicles with two all-electric low-speed vehicles, install an electric vehicle charging station, and deploy an all-electric utility vehicle. The project also includes an idle-reduction education and outreach initiative.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park runs an environmentally friendly alternative fuel vehicle fleet and a shuttle bus system for park visitors, reducing the number of vehicles on some of the park's busiest roads. The park is also participating in the Climate Friendly Parks program to reduce its transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020.
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is adding one plug-in electric hybrid vehicle to its fleet and will install three electric vehicle charging stations. The park has also deployed five hybrid electric vehicles to its fleet. The installation of the charging stations will support an initiative to grow a larger regional electric vehicle infrastructure network. This initiative will introduce quick-charge stations and electric vehicle use to the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and set the stage for government agencies, local business, residents, and visitors to begin using charging stations throughout the area. Working with Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition, the park has launched an extensive education and outreach effort designed to eliminate unnecessary engine idling, reduce fuel consumption, and improve local air quality.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Independence National Historical Park
Independence National Historical Park, the home of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, tells the story of ideas that have shaped our nation. The park is replacing six of its conventional mowers with propane mowers, as well as three of its conventional refuse-collection vehicles with those that run on electricity. Over the course of the next ten years, the park expects to save nearly $20,000, all while demonstrating how these technologies are helping to protect one of America's most important historic sites.
Mammoth Cave National Park
Mesa Verde National Park
Invoking the spirit of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, Mesa Verde National Park is working with Southern Colorado Clean Cities to cut harmful emissions. The park is eliminating inefficient vehicles that traveled nearly 400,000 miles, and it is adding four new propane pickup trucks and a propane lawn mower. A propane fueling station will also be installed for park use. Project partners are executing a comprehensive idle-reduction outreach campaign for staff, concessioners, and the park's 500,000 annual visitors.
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA) protects a 72-mile, 54,000-acre corridor along one of the world’s great rivers. Regional park and trail destinations within MNRRA are accessible to over 33 million annual visitors to the greater Twin Cities area. The Twin Cities Clean Cities coalition is working with the park to install 12 electric vehicle charging stations at 11 MNRRA sites, helping to reduce emissions and educate park visitors about alternative transportation options.
National Mall and Memorial Parks
Nicodemus National Historic Site
The Nicodemus National Historic Site is working with the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities coalition to replace a gasoline pickup truck and mower with a propane pickup truck and mower. The project also includes an idle-reduction education and outreach initiative.
Pea Ridge National Military Park
Working with the Arkansas Clean Cities coalition, Pea Ridge National Military Park is replacing a gasoline pickup truck with a dedicated propane truck. The park also will develop a Green Team to educate staff, visitors, and students on sustainability and conservation. The project also includes an idle-reduction education and outreach initiative.
Petrified Forest National Park
Set partly within the Painted Desert of northeastern Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park offers glimpses of the world's largest concentration of petrified wood, fossils, and a fragile grassland ecosystem. Working with Tucson Clean Cities Coalition (TCC), the park plans to replace all gasoline-fueled vehicles within its Visitor Services fleet and install two publicly available electric vehicle charging station (EVSE) in the park. It's also working with TCC to launch an extensive education and outreach effort designed to educate park visitors, tour bus drivers, and park staff about how to eliminate unnecessary engine idling, reduce fuel consumption, and improve local air quality. The old vehicles will be replaced with one plug‐in electric vehicle and one hybrid electric vehicle. The EVSE will include a DC Fast Charger with Level 2 capabilities located at the park's north visitor center.
Petroglyph National Monument
Working with the Land of Enchantment Clean Cities coalition, Petroglyph National Monument is replacing three gasoline vehicles with all-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and hybrid electric vehicles. The monument also will install two electric vehicle charging stations with one available to the public. The project also includes an idle-reduction education and outreach initiative.
Point Reyes National Seashore
From its open grasslands to rocky cliffs descending to the Pacific Ocean, Point Reyes National Seashore is home to 38 endangered and threatened species as well as a variety of unique ecosystems. With support from the San Francisco Clean Cities Coalition, the park is adding two all-electric vehicles to its fleet and installing two private charging stations to support their expanded fleet of electric vehicles. This project is estimated to help the park reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 4 million tons of CO2 and displace the use of nearly 700 gasoline-gallon equivalents of petroleum per year.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park, with more than 3 million annual visitors, is the fifth most-visited park in the NPS system. With support from Northern Colorado Clean Cities, the park is planning to purchase one propane pickup truck and two Chevy Volts, install two electric vehicle charging stations, and boost idle-reduction through technology deployment and a comprehensive education and outreach program.
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which partnered with Alamo Area Clean Cities, is taking steps to reduce pollution in San Antonio. The park is purchasing two propane pickup trucks to replace two outdated gasoline-powered pickup trucks. The park is also installing two EV chargers and a propane vehicle refueling site.
San Antonio Missions National Park Focuses on Alternative Fuels
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Scotts Bluff National Monument is incorporating an all-electric, multi-passenger low-speed vehicle to enable cleaner transportation options to the overlook at the top of the national monument. The project also includes an idle-reduction education and outreach initiative.
Shenandoah National Park
To help keep views along scenic Skyline Drive clear, Shenandoah National Park is acquiring a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, an all-electric vehicle, and three EV chargers. Working in conjunction with Virginia Clean Cities on ways to reduce emissions, Shenandoah is adding 12 propane lawn mowers to replace existing gas models.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore plans to deploy of one propane pickup truck and three plug-in electric vehicles, as well as install four electric vehicle charging stations and an air pump that will allow drivers to keep their tires properly inflated. These measures will reduce the environmental impact of the park's fleet by about 15%, as compared to a 2010 baseline. The new vehicles and infrastructure will help educate the park's 1.3 million visitors about alternative fuels and fuel-efficient driving. Working with Michigan's Clean Energy Coalition, the park is developing an extensive training and outreach program to educate staff, concessioners, and visitors on the benefits of idle reduction.
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Located in Missouri, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is the site of the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River, allowing visitors to experience one of the best-preserved battlefields in the nation. Working with the Kansas City Clean Cities Coalition (KCC), the park plans to add a propane pick-up truck, four propane lawn mowers, and propane refueling infrastructure to its fleet. The park is also collaborating with the coalition to demonstrate how these technologies can help preserve the historic landscape. This project is estimated to help the park reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 4 million tons of CO2 and displace the use of nearly 660 gasoline-gallon equivalents of petroleum per year.
Yellowstone National Park
Zion National Park
In 2000, Zion National Park introduced a fleet of 21 shuttle buses, which are all powered by propane. By getting visitors out of their cars, the shuttles eliminate more than 5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Utah Clean Cities is working with park officials to expand Zion's use of alternative fuels by replacing three gasoline-powered vehicles with all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and installing 10 electric vehicle charging stations, five of which will be available for public use. The project also includes an idle-reduction education and outreach initiative.
- Acadia National Park
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Catoctin Mountain Park
- Christiansted National Historic Site
- Denali National Park and Preserve
- Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
- Glacier National Park
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Grand Teton National Park
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Independence National Historical Park
- Mammoth Cave National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
- National Mall and Memorial Parks
- Nicodemus National Historic Site
- Pea Ridge National Military Park
- Petrified Forest National Park
- Petroglyph National Monument
- Point Reyes National Seashore
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
- Scotts Bluff National Monument
- Shenandoah National Park
- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
- Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
- Yellowstone National Park
- Zion National Park