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Conservation Covenant: A Greener Future for National Parks

Oct 02, 2014 12:18PM

Yellowstone’s managers are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, electricity and water consuption, and waste in an effort to be a leader in environmental stewardship.

National parks have an undeniable environmental impact on the very lands they seek to preserve. Yellowstone’s managers have been working on ambitious management goals to elevate it to be a world leader in environmental stewardship and become one of the greenest parks in the world by 2016.

The Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship Initiative goals (against a 2003 baseline) are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent (50 percent by 2025); reduce both electricity and water consumption by 15 percent; reduce fossil fuel consumption by 18 percent; and divert all municipal solid waste from landfills.


Source: Environmental News Network

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