The National Park Service (NPS) operates and maintains the largest number of constructed assets of any civilian agency in the U.S. federal government, totaling more than 26,000 buildings across more than 400 national parks. The energy required to heat, cool, and light visitor centers, historic and battlefield structures, campgrounds, and urban parks accounts for over 40% of NPS’ greenhouse gas emissions.  

The National Park Foundation (NPF)’s support of energy smart parks supports renewable and alternative energy projects in national parks across the country. From installing wind turbines and solar panels to retrofitting streetlamps with energy efficient lights, these projects are critical to cutting emissions, decreasing energy use, and improving the reliability and resiliency of NPS’ energy infrastructure. These projects help curtail our environmental impact and protects our parks’ resources for current and future generations.

Highlights & Projects

Washington Monument at night

Illuminating the Washington Monument

In 2019, a partnership between NPF and Musco Lighting supported the installation of LED lights to evenly and uniformly distribute light around the Washington Monument, making the monument more visible while reducing energy consumption and minimizing light pollution in the nation’s capital.