Washington’s National Park Fund Wins Boeing Grant to Support Free Summer Shuttle Service

DATE: 12/14/10

Washington’s National Park Fund will use a $50,000 grant from The Boeing Company to help Mount Rainier National Park become carbon neutral and cut greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half.

he Boeing grant is great news for Mount Rainier National Park and for everyone who enjoys it, said Eleanor Kittelson, Executive Director of Washington’s National Park Fund.

The money will be used to continue a free visitor shuttle that cuts down weekend traffic in the park during the summer. This project assists Mount Rainier National Park achieve its goal to become carbon neutral and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2016.

The Mount Rainier grant supports Boeing’s goal of funding projects that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, inspire environmental citizenship and protect and restore critical natural habitat. This is the second year in a row that The Boeing Company is supporting the Mount Rainier National Park free summer shuttle service.

More than 26,000 people rode the shuttle in 2010 between Ashford and Paradise within the park, reducing private vehicle use, congestion, and emissions. New in 2011 will be the addition of park-specific and environmental education displays on the buses, as well as a park interpretive ranger riding along on selected routes.

At Boeing, we are serious about lowering our environmental footprint, said Shyla Miller, the company’s community investor for environmental issues in the Northwest. Just as we have set targets for improving our operations’ eco-efficiency, we think the Mount Rainier project has set a most worthwhile goal.

Boeing has shown a real commitment to environmental leadership through this grant, said Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga. We are thrilled The Boeing Company is renewing its support of Mount Rainier’s shuttle service and look forward to a great summer in 2011.

Washington’s National Park Fund is the only philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to supporting Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks through charitable contributions. To learn more about or to become involved with the Fund, visit http: / /wnpf.org or call 253-566-4644.