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Nikola Prvanovic for the National Park Foundation
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NPF and Subaru Build on a Decade of Partnering to Support National Parks

Helping Make Parks More Resilient and Sustainable for Future Generations
By Rebecca Watson

The National Park Foundation (NPF) and Subaru of America have partnered together for over a decade in support of our national parks. As NPF’s largest corporate partner, Subaru has provided over $55 million in support since 2013 including support for resilience and sustainability programs and projects across the country. As NPF and Subaru embark on another year of our innovative partnership, let’s highlight our shared impact.

Don't Feed the Landfills

Recycling infrastructure at Zion National Park (Nikola Prvanovic for the National Park Foundation)

As a premier partner of NPF’s Resilience and Sustainability initiative, Subaru is providing critical support for the Don’t Feed the Landfills initiative. The initiative helps design infrastructure systems that ensure sustainable and resilient park operations, including waste reduction in parks across the country. Since launching in 2015, the initiative has helped three pilot parks – Denali National Park & Preserve, Grand Teton National Park, and Yosemite National Park – reduce the waste taken to landfills by half, eliminating nearly 22 million pounds of trash through recycling, composting, and educational initiatives.

With this success, NPF and Subaru have expanded the initiative’s reach, bringing its collaborative approach and innovative solutions to Big Bend National Park and Zion National Park. Every park is unique and brings its own strengths and challenges in developing and implementing sustainability efforts. Together, NPF and Subaru are helping develop innovative solutions and best management practices that can be applied at parks across the country.

Nationwide Projects

In addition to the Don’t Feed the Landfills initiative, NPF and Subaru are also supporting high priority sustainability efforts in parks across the country. NPF has partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) to identify diverse projects that support waste reduction and diversion across all types of National Park System sites.

A person drops a plastic water bottle into a blue recycling bin
Recycling bins in Zion National Park (Nikola Prvanovic for the National Park Foundation)
A person uses a waterbottle refill station
Waterbottle refill station at Glacier National Park (NPS Photo)

In the past year, NPF and Subaru supported a variety of these projects, from installing water bottle refilling stations at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park, to purchasing new recycling containers and solar compactor stations at Joshua Tree National Park. These vital projects make a substantial change in how parks tackle sustainability challenges.

Many of these projects also involve an educational component – from updating signage around recycling bins at Grand Teton National Park to educating park employees and visitors on the benefits of these efforts at Cape Cod National Seashore. Maintaining and protecting our national parks is a shared responsibility, so educating the public and park staff on the importance of these efforts is essential work. In addition to these innovative projects, Subaru and the National Park Foundation are also supporting sustainability efforts at:

  • Amache National Historic Site
  • Bent’s Old Fort National Historical Site
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Capulin Volcano National Monument
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park
  • Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
  • Zion National Park

NPF and Subaru will expand our shared impact through continued support of high priority National Park Service resilience and sustainability projects in 2024 and beyond.

Keeping our parks green and enhancing environmental stewardship is a big undertaking – collaborative and innovative efforts are the best way to make big strides towards achieving NPS’ sustainability goals. It is partnerships such as that between NPF and Subaru that are leading the way. Together, we are helping protect over 400 national parks for generations to come. Learn more about our partnership.