National Mall Goes Green

Written by Jen Desimone, Clean Air Partners
June 25, 2013

On Monday, June 24th, the National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA), Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition held a ribbon-cutting event celebrating the National Mall's deployment of alternative fuel equipment, including propane-fueled mowers, electric vehicles, and charging stations.

PERC and Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition (GWRCCC) celebrated the first use of the mowers on the Mall in addition to the park’s adoption of two electric cars and charging stations. The combined deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and mowers added NAMA to the list of national parks advancing the Green Parks Plan, a National Park Service initiative to reduce dependence on foreign oil, mitigate the effects of climate change, and conserve energy.

Switching to propane mowers will lower carbon monoxide emissions by 80 percent compared with gasoline, reduce fuel spills, and save NAMA money on fuel and maintenance costs. A byproduct of domestic natural gas processing, the U.S. produces more than enough propane to meet current demand and became a net exporter of the fuel in 2011.

More Information: Event Press Release