State parks are often thought of as a place of escape, but Virginia State Parks have taken it a step further.

Southside Daily reported that the park system has won the Virginia Green Travel Star Award for Most Innovative Green Projects in 2017.

Budget cuts last year forced three of the state’s 14 campgrounds to close after the July 4th weekend. Nine other campgrounds were shut down after Labor Day.

Virginia State Parks submitted several qualifying-projects. They include converting vehicles to natural gas, purchasing electric vehicles, and replacing gasoline powered tools with electric equivalents among several other proposals.

“Many of the green initiatives Virginia State Parks are using are developed and implemented by the Alternate Energy and Cabin Management working group, which includes park staff at all levels” State Parks Director Craig Seaver said in a news release. “Being recognized for our hard work and commitment to being mission compliant is a true honor.”

The park system will receive the award on Friday (March 2) in Virginia Beach.

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