The United Nations Paris Climate Change Conference / COP 21 argued that, absent a change in course, greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector are expected to double by 2050. Quick and effective measures to curb emissions in the sector are possible, they explained, and can save money for governments, companies and individuals, along with providing health benefits by reducing pollution.
“Through collaborative, integrated and innovative green parking practices, we can advance sustainable mobility,” celebrates GBCI & USGBC’s Mahesh Ramanujam. “This will enable our parking structures to achieve increased energy efficiency, reduced environmental impact, improved parking space management, integrated mobility solutions and technologies, enhanced performance…
“The Green Parking Council’s (GPC) Green Garage Certification is the only global rating system that defines and recognizes sustainable practices in parking structure management, programming, design, and technology…..”
In addition to renewable, recurring electricity provided by the sun, solar photovoltaic (“PV”) arrays offer sheltered and shading parking spaces (able to be priced at a premium!), advertising space, and Green Garage Certification points. If this sounds compelling, the good news is …
The first seven parking facilities in the U.S. to achieve Green Garage Certification were announced on July 1, 2015. Sites include corporate, university, airport, and hotel facilities throughout the United States
As a Green Garage Assessor managing the certification for Stanford University’s Roble Field Parking Structure, I was pleased to discover that the Bronze or Silver Level Certification is attainable without adding additional costs to the project. While most other states are still catching up with this level of sustainability required in the code, the Green Garage Certification process is consistent with sustainable parking best practices.
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) explains how shared parking can reduce parking requirements by 20-40%, unlock the potential for higher development densities around transit, and act as a control mechanism against urban sprawl, creating positive economic, social and environmental benefits.
Parking lots today are content to have the sun bake their asphalt, and to drain polluted water into the local stream or bay. And customers are happy for the parking, oblivious of the waste of solar energy and sun-distilled water coming down as rain. To them parking is an ugly but useful Cinderella.