News Date: 12/01/2008
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will help the National Park Service (NPS) showcase sustainable energy practices and fulfill its mission of environmental stewardship.
The Energy SmartPARKS program will initially be funded with equal amounts of "seed money" from DOI and DOE totaling $1 million for 2009. On the ground, parks will use funding from Energy SmartPARKS to deploy cutting-edge technology as well as traditional solutions, including projects that retrofit lighting systems; purchase electric utility vehicles; install solar panel systems; upgrade meters and thermostats; replace windows and furnaces; study the feasibility of wind power; and conduct energy audits. Lessons learned from these projects can be used in other national parks and in the homes of every American. A list of some of the 2009 projects is available. The Energy SmartPARKS program will also develop new and expand existing partnerships with the private, non-profit, and academic sectors. These partners may help raise funds, identify projects, find technological solutions, and educate the public. (Contact: Amy Mann)
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