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PERC: Propane for the National Parks

April 21, 2014 in Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Propane Education & Research Council Talks Up National Park Week

The Propane Education & Research Council reminds that it’s National Park Week (April 19-27), and that PERC is one of several organizations committed to helping the U.S. National Park Service reduce emissions and increase “green rides” at national parks.

The ‘Red Jammer’ buses at Glacier National Park have been running on propane autogas for more than a decade, PERC says. Each is driven more than 10,000 miles per year.

The ‘Red Jammer’ buses at Glacier National Park have been running on propane autogas for more than a decade, PERC says. Each is driven more than 10,000 miles per year.

PERC has donated $1.7 million worth of propane autogas-powered equipment to the national parks over the past decade, replacing several park fleets with environmentally friendly and cost-effective propane autogas buses, shuttles, maintenance vehicles, and mowers.

  • In June of 2013, PERC donated six propane-fueled mowers to the National Mall as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from older, diesel-fueled mowers (F&F, June 29). Each propane fueled mower reduces GHG by 50% compared to diesel and helps the Mall reduce fuel spills and save money on fuel and maintenance costs.
  • Nearly all of Glacier National Park’s vehicles and other mobile equipment run on alternative fuels, PERC says. The park’s historic “Red Jammer” Bus fleet has been running on propane for more than a decade. Each bus is driven more than 10,000 miles each year.
  • The entire fleet of Zion National Park’s 30 shuttle buses and 21 accompanying trailers are powered by propane. Three quarters of the park’s annual 2.5 million visitors ride on the autogas buses, which eliminate more than 5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
  • Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado has deployed a new propane bus, shuttle van, truck, lawnmower, and installed two propane fueling stations, while also launching a park-wide initiative to educate the public about the benefits of idle reduction.

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SOURCE: Propane Education & Research Council with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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