GreenLine News Update Annual Summary

Throughout the year GreenLine provided support to concessioners via articles posted twice a month. These articles are intended to be relevant to concessions operations by providing environmental updates, answering concessioner questions, and explaining environmental innovations. Here are the highlights from 2015:

Collapsible Water Coffee Cups As plastic continues to build up in our oceans and along our shores, portable reusable cups are the newest craze in the fight to minimize plastic waste.

2015 NPS Environmental Achievement Awards This year, NPS recognized 4 concessioners that went above and beyond to develop sustainable practices and programs: Delaware North, Sea Wolf, Xanterra, and Xanterra South.

Recycling 101 Did you know that used pizza boxes are some of the hardest items to recycle? What about the benefits of co-mingled recycling? From batteries to electronics to cigarette butts, NPS parks have been working hard to keep waste out of landfills and our landscapes pristine.

Composting 101 From feeding gardens to livestock, it doesn’t get more environmentally friendly than composting! Read up on the innovative ways parks and concessioners alike are turning scraps into solutions.

Highland Links Golf Course Goes Green Johnson Golf Management has transformed a traditional golf course into an environmental haven from the first hole through to the 18th.

New UST Regulations This article highlights the newest changes to the EPA’s revised regulations for Underground Storage Tanks.

Laundry Practices and Water Conservation Read on for Smart Energy and water-saving laundry tips, including the surprising consequences of using laundry detergent and dryer sheets.

Composting Toilets The struggle to properly manage human waste has yielded only modest success, but agencies have started to use aerobic processes to turn waste into humus, which can even be used for agricultural purposes.

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Bee Safety In an effort to preserve dwindling bee populations affected by the increase in pesticide use, the EPA has registered a new, safer pesticide chosen for its ultra-low toxicity to both bees and humans.

Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade Read up on the White House’s newest Executive Order on sustainability policy and greenhouse gas mitigation! Changes include a greater emphasis on vehicle efficiency and a provision for the inauguration of a Chief Sustainability Officer in each federal agency.

Spring Meetings NPS and the National Geographic Society joined together to promote conservation research and the protection of national parks. This meeting coincided with the 100th anniversary of the very meeting that established the National Park Service back in 1916. Prominent speakers included George Wendt, President and Founder of O.A.R.S., and Deborah Duck, General Manager at Muir Wood Trading Post.

Congratulations to the Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association Thanks to GCROA, rafts throughout the park are now powered by hybrid-electric outboard motors.

Enjoying the Great Outdoors Be sure to check out the EPA Repellency Awareness Graphic before your next warm-weather hike to ensure you’re getting the most out of your insect repellent. A search tool is available as well.

Protect our Fisheries: Pesticide No-Spray Buffer Zones California, Oregon, and Washington park guests take note – the EPA has reinstated streamside no-spray buffer zones in an effort to save dwindling salmon populations in the West.

EPA Launches Green Power Resource Library In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, NPS and concessioners such as Death Valley Lodging Company at Death Valley National Park and Flagg Ranch at Grand Teton National Park have increased support for onsite renewable energy generation. To encourage more people to follow suit, the EPA launched an online resource library of guides, templates, and sample contracts to help interested parties navigate project development.

Plastic Water Bottle Reduction in National Parks In December 2011, park superintendents were given the ability to discontinue the sale of bottled water. Zion National Park was the first to implement the ban. Since then, 18 other national parks have proven their commitment to waste reduction by following suit.

New NPS Website on Pollinators Launched NPS addresses the role of pollinators on their new website.

Recycled Plastic and Rubber Roofing Shingles Shingles made from recycled plastic and rubber are becoming increasingly common as green alternatives to conventional roof coverings, both of which are not only made from recycled materials, but are 100% recyclable too!

Wind Turbine Trees With the growing number of wind farms comes a growing number of bird fatalities caused by flight pattern obstruction. French entrepreneur Jérôme Michaud-Larivière is attempting to reduce the number of casualties by building wind turbines that look like trees, covering up cables and generators by integrating hardware into the structure’s “trunk” and “branches.

Spray On Solar University of Toronto’s Illan Kramer developed a flexible film spray as a cost-effective easy-application alternative to conventional solar PV systems.