Climate Change and
Sanctuary Facilities and Operations

Sites throughout the National Marine Sanctuary System are reducing the environmental footprint of sanctuary offices and facilities, and working to ensure that our day-to-day operations are conducted in a climate-smart manner.

Human activities resulting in greenhouse gas emissions are the leading cause of climate change. By reducing greenhouse gas emissions from sanctuary facilities and operations sanctuaries can contribute to addressing the climate crisis, often while reducing operational costs.

Actions sanctuaries are taking include:

Screenshot of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Green Operations webpage.

Green Operations at Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary is committed to reducing its carbon footprint. In 2008, the sanctuary developed a green operations plan and began annual greenhouse gas emissions inventories. Read more here.