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Rocky Mountain National Park ‘going green’

(Feb. 2, 2011) -- National Park Service officials announced Tuesday that Rocky Mountain National Park plans to cut its energy consumption to 30 percent below its 2003 levels by 2015, in an effort to become a "greener" park, reported The Coloradoan.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — National Park Service officials announced Tuesday that Rocky Mountain National Park plans to cut its energy consumption to 30 percent below its 2003 levels by 2015, in an effort to become a “greener” park, reported The Coloradoan.

According to the park service data, the park reduced its energy consumption by 6.6 percent last year, with an estimated 7 percent decrease in carbon emissions.

“We’re on track,” said Tom O’Neil, work superintendent for the park’s building department. “It’s getting harder and harder because we’re looking at 3 percent reductions for each year from now on.”

As part of the 2015 goal, the park plans to purchase smaller power generators for the Alpine Visitor Center, saving 98 gallons of fuel each day, and install tankless water heaters for the staff housing laundry room.

The park is also trying to reduce its consumption of water by 16 percent by 2015.

“We went after low-flow toilets and plumbing features, and that’s helping,” O’Neil said.

For the complete story from The Coloradoan, click here.

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