WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yellowstone National Park is reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions through a donation from the Propane Education & Research Council. PERC’s donation includes a propane-powered Exmark zero-turn mower, 11 mower cylinders, three Generac portable propane generators, one Generac standby generator and a 12-cylinder capacity storage cage. PERC is also donating refillable Manchester Tanks and a cylinder refill unit to the park, which will enable Yellowstone to reduce small cylinder waste from campers through a first-of-its-kind program.
PERC’s donation enhances Yellowstone’s existing sustainability practices, which have been in place for many years. Yellowstone already operates several portable propane-powered generators and forklifts, and propane is used for heating and backup power in some areas of the park during winter months since electricity is often unreliable.
Yellowstone National Park is the third national park to receive propane-powered equipment donations from PERC this year. Blue Ridge Parkway and Mammoth Cave National Park also deployed new propane equipment over the summer, totaling more than $138,000 in combined donations. PERC’s donations not only foster sustainable practices in each park, but they also further the National Park Service’s overall Green Parks Plan aimed at reducing energy consumption and limiting waste generation.