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
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.
When California’s Governor vows to (1) increase electricity derived from renewable sources from one-third to 50 percent, (2) reduce vehicles’ petroleum use by up to 50 percent, and (3) double the efficiency of existing buildings while making heating fuels cleaner, it’s a big deal.
In recognition of the importance of sustainable parking facilities and practices to the development of sustainable communities, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council’s global LEED® green building rating system, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Parking Institute (IPI) and the Green Parking Council (GPC).
Doing more with less: High-Performance Lighting Frees Up Capacity for EV Charging, Improves Lighting and Pays for Itself
We open the door for out-of-the-box solutions by seeing all the opportunities inherent in a parking facility.
See how GPC, AECOM, Nissan and Lanier Parking explored the nexus of high-performance parking facilities, new mobility technology and design to lower congestion, reduce emissions, and ramp up neighborhood-scale sustainability.
It was a pretty audacious idea. Certifying green buildings? Who cares about that? And even if people care about it, who’s going to be willing to pay for it?
That was the response that David Gottfried received back in 1992 when the founder of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) was just starting out.