Mammoth Cave Fuels Park Operations with Propane

7/10/2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the donation of propane-powered off-road and stationary equipment from the Propane Education & Research Council, Mammoth Cave National Park has taken important steps to reduce energy consumption at the park and to serve as a model for other national parks across the country.

PERC's donation of propane-powered equipment totals more than $62,000 and includes three John Deere zero-turn mowers, two Generac portable generators and a CleanFuel USA propane dispenser featuring eConnect, a fuel network management system for electronic dispensers.

In addition to PERC's recent donation of propane-powered infrastructure and equipment, MCNP operates eight propane autogas Bluebird school buses and two propane autogas Roush CleanTech Ford F250 pick-up trucks. From shuttling patrons through the park to heating water and mowing grounds, MCNP provides a green experience for park employees and visitors.

MCNP's efforts in sustainability began in the late 1990s when they partnered with the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC), a Clean Cities Coalition partner. KCFC was instrumental in securing the donation of the first eight propane autogas buses, as well as cultivating MCNP's relationship with PERC. KCFC has been advocating for alternative fuel usage and supporting the National Park Service since it was established in 1993.