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Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship Initiative

In 2007, the Yellowstone Park Foundation and the National Park Service began planning for the 2008-2016 Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship (YES) Initiative to evaluate the impacts of Park operations on the Yellowstone ecosystem. Increasing energy costs and concerns related to manmade greenhouse gas emissions have led to a concerted Park effort to further reduce waste, improve energy efficiency, and advance the “greening of Yellowstone.” Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) research faculty and Georgia Tech students conduct water conservation studies, perform baseline energy evaluations, and develop Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning tools for K-12 students and visitors in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem’s 22-million-acre living laboratory. Researchers from numerous universities and federal agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Energy, and Department of Defense, participate on energy and sustainability projects with GTRI, corporations, and Park staff in Yellowstone.


Infrared photos reveal Yellowstone's dark side — Using high-res heat vision, a scientist and a photographer are shedding new light on Yellowstone — and hoping to inspire new scientists in the process.


Yellowstone's Strategic Plan for Sustainability


The Yellowstone Park Foundation — Greenest Park



Project Contact: Kevin Caravati



Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship Initiative

A portable solar array provides power at the Bechler Ranger Station in the summer season.


Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship Initiative

Interns studying Mammoth Hot Springs irrigation learn about Yellowstone's weather patterns to determine the potential for water conservation in the irrigation system.