Implementation of Sustainable Actions Are Important to U.S. Adults

Ashburn, VA (April 3, 2023)

Nearly nine in 10 adults support their local park and recreation agency in their sustainability actions, according to the latest National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Park Pulse poll.

Park and recreation professionals are keenly attuned to their surroundings and the importance of preserving and protecting the environment. From planting trees and native vegetation to transitioning gas and diesel equipment (e.g., mowers, leaf blowers, vehicle fleets) to electric and/or hydrogen, the public’s continued support of their local park and recreation agency’s sustainability measures will make a lasting impact.

  • Key Findings:
    • 88 percent of U.S. adults support their local park and recreation agency implementing sustainability initiatives
    • Top sustainability initiatives include:
      • Planting trees and native vegetation
      • Updating existing lighting to LED lighting and other energy-efficient products
      • Setting aside dedicated land to protect natural habitats
      • Expanding areas of green space

“Park and recreation professionals play a vital and necessary role in implementing sustainability initiatives in our communities,” said Kevin Roth, NRPA vice president of research, evaluation and technology. “The parks and open spaces they manage maximize the benefits of nature to achieve positive and equitable health and economic impacts at the community level.”

NRPA’s Sustainability in Parks and Recreation report highlights agency sustainability goals, sustainability practices, financial and political support for these efforts, and the challenges and barriers that hamper greater success in sustainability efforts.

To view the interactive charts with the survey results, click here.

To view the full-size infographic, click here.

To learn more about NRPA’s Conservation Pillar, click here.

Each month, through a poll of 1,000 U.S. residents focused on park and recreation issues, NRPA Park Pulse helps tell the park and recreation story. To learn more about NRPA’s Park Pulse and see results from previous polls, click here.


About the National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit