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Sustainability in Yellowstone at next 'On the Rocks'

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Environmental sustainability in Yellowstone National Park will be the topic for the next installment of the University of Montana Western’s “On the Rocks” series on Monday, March 22 at 4 p.m. in Black Hall 311 on the UMW campus. By Ashley Makowski Environmental sustainability in Yellowstone National Park will be the topic for the next installment of the University of Montana Western’s “On the Rocks” series on Monday, March 22 at 4 p.m. in Black Hall 311 on the UMW campus. Speaker Jim Evanoff is the environmental protection specialist for Yellowstone National Park and has been instrumental in integrating sustainability initiatives in Yellowstone and other national parks. His presentation is entitled, “Unique Challenges in Advancing Environmental Stewardship in Yellowstone National Park.” Evanoff will discuss the environmental sustainability projects happening in Yellowstone. After celebrating Yellowstone’s 125th anniversary, park officials began looking at ways to enhance park preservation efforts. This led to “The Greening of Yellowstone” program and includes such efforts as the use of biodiesel fuel in park automobiles, the purchasing of hybrid cars, waste reduction and a recycling program. Park officials estimate the park’s 2008 recycling efforts resulted in 781 tons of recycled materials including paper, magazines, cardboard, aluminum, steel, glass and plastics. The Park Service also estimates 4,443.9 tons of electronic waste, batteries, ink cartridges, tires and food waste were diverted from landfills in 2008. Evanoff has worked for the National Park Service for the last three decades. His service includes work in Grand Teton, Arches, and Mount Rushmore National Parks. He has been at Yellowstone since 1988. “On the Rocks” presentations are free and open to the public.