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Going Green Without Spending It: 7 Green Strategies That Make Business Sense

To environmental activists, the idea of “green parking” is a laughable oxymoron. After all, the single occupant vehicle (SOV) is often perceived as the primary cause of environmental pollution, urban sprawl and societal breakdown. In this view, SOVs and paved parking spaces are implacable enemies of the planet. They cannot be rendered acceptable by any amount of “greening.” Read more >>

Technology Changes Support Sustainability

Regardless of whether one believes in climate change, there is increasing awareness and interest in reducing our carbon footprint, whether on a personal level or as a business. Read more >>

Well-Managed Parking is Affordable, Profitable & Sustainable

Green parking. Smart parking. Sustainable parking. Those statements are used with increased frequency today as the parking industry faces pressure to conform to standards of “green” construction, operations and maintenance. Read more >>

Your Triple Bottom Line: Making Rational “Sustainability” Decisions

A reality check: “Going Green” is a brand and sustainability advocates and vendors want you to buy in. When it comes to making “green” decisions, they are also talking about spending your money and risking something else you want to sustain: Your job. Read more >>

Benefits Abound for Parking Professionals, Drivers and the Environment

Drivers and parking professionals alike are employing parking standards and strategies that play an important role in determining the quality of the environment in cities across the globe. They each demand fresh thinking on technological advances to park cars more efficiently and help drivers pay on the go, along with energy reducing strategies that impact parking structures and garages. Read more >>

Parking Tech: The Critical Foundation of Your Sustainability Strategy

Conservation, efficiency and sustainability are key pillars to the health and longevity of our planet. Taking a holistic approach to sustainability requires change at the industry level, improving efficiencies across all platforms and processes; doing more with less, and creating opportunities in the process. Read more >>

The Financial Implications of Garage Lighting

Whether you’re an owner, operator, administrator, employee or customer, you understand that there are many aspects of the industry that require constant attention, including revenue maximization and customer safety and security. The role lighting plays in parking garages is one of the most overlooked elements that is crucial to customer safety and facility success. Read more >>

P3 Agreements Provide Energy Savings at No Cost to Cities

The cities of Dearborn and Royal Oak, Mich., recently launched historic Public-Private-Partnership agreements with Adopt- A-Watt®, Inc. to replace more than 200 inefficient lights, with energy efficient lights in their parking garages. Read more >>

Living with Parking: Trends in Sustainability

Within the past generation, much thought has been given to the impact our numbers and our toys—like cars—have on the planet. The developing consensus in addressing this dilemma, via incentives or mandates, is "sustainability.” As a result, parking professionals are increasingly being asked—or ordered—to mitigate the impacts of new and existing parking projects on the environment. Read more >>

Putting the Paradise Back into Parking: Porous Paving Systems

Parking facility designers and urban planners, but particularly universities, are increasingly considering porous (also referred to as "permeable” or "pervious”) parking lot surfaces to solve these environmental dilemmas. The recent increase in the cost of oil, the key ingredient in asphalt, is earning these "green” alternatives a closer look. Read more >>

You Say You Want a "Green" Revolution

Over the past decade, an emerging focus on sustainability in urban planning, building, construction, transportation, energy and the automotive sector have laid the groundwork for a green revolution in an industry that touches all of these industries: parking. Read more >>

Demand Controlled Ventilation Cuts Energy Bills, Increases Patron Comfort

Carbon monoxide (CO) in automobile exhaust is a potentially deadly gas that must be removed from enclosed parking garages. The traditional solution has been to run all of the exhaust fans whenever vehicles have access to the facility. But the traditional solution is also the most costly and environmentally unfriendly one. Read more >>

Build Your Business With Green Marketing

When you think of green business, parking facilities might not be the first type of business that comes to mind. However, more and more parking businesses today are committing to environmentally-responsible technologies and practices. Read more >>

Sustainability Planning, Corporate Responsibility and Value

The push to develop building structures that incorporate sustainable design practices has become the norm. However, making an investment in green technologies requires the same thoughtful cost benefit analysis as any other important business decision you make. Read more >>

How-To Guides

The (Parking) Business of Trees

As more municipalities and institutions embrace the social benefits of going green, "treescaping" is becoming an essential skill for parking professionals involved in facility planning, construction and operations. Read more >>

Promoting Your Green Parking Business

Is your parking lot or garage “green?” Environmentally friendly facilities are not only good for the planet, but they can also be good for business. Read more >>

How to Determine the Right Shade of "Green" for Your Campus

America’s campuses are embracing sustainability for many reasons; some of them economic, some of them because their student body and faculty are requesting it, and some of them just because it is the right thing to do. Read more >>

Case Studies

UC, Irvine Garage and Lot Changes Reduce Energy

University of California, Irvine’s (UCI) Transportation and Distribution Services (T&DS) department is progressive in its approach to programs and services, with an emphasis on sustainability. Read more >>

2015 Innovative Sustainability Project of the Year

University of California, Irvine Transportation Services. The Transportation Services department at University of California, Irvine (UCI) displays innovation that goes beyond providing ample parking spaces. Read more >>

New Balance Field and Parking Facility, Boston University2014 Innovative Sustainability Project of the Year

New Balance Field and Parking Facility, Boston University Read more >>



parking meterCity of Los Angeles: A Model in Sustainability

The city of Los Angeles manages one of the largest parking programs in the United States and has employed innovative initiatives to improve the efficiency of its operations, while at the same time enhancing customer service. Read more >>

Hamilton Square development in PhiladelphiaSustainable by Design: Hamilton Square, Philadelphia

The Hamilton Square development in Philadelphia serves as a testament to the impact of strategic parking planning in an urban campus environment. But it also contains lessons learned regarding sustainability in the built environment. Read more >>


Las VegasLas Vegas's Implementation of a Strategic Plan: A Case Study

The city of Las Vegas developed a strategic plan and direction for parking in January 2012 following six months of study. The plan was based on current development, future development plans, the problems with the existing parking system, and assessed the technology needed to replace obsolete systems. Read more >>


'Green' Parking Lots Kick-Off Innovative Approach to Managing Storm Water Pollution"Green" Parking Lots Kick-Off Innovative Approach to Managing Storm Water Pollution

"Save the Rain” is the Onondaga County’s (New York) extensive program to implement green infrastructure throughout the city of Syracuse to capture storm water runoff where it lands. Read more >>

Pomona College South Parking Structure: Long-Term Benefits of Sustainable Best PracticesPomona College South Parking Structure: Long-Term Benefits of Sustainable Best Practices

There are multiple ways to incorporate sustainability into a new parking structure project. This recently completed 608-space, cast-in-place concrete garage project in Claremont, Calif., provides an example of ways to incorporate sustainable concepts. Read more >>

Denver’s Newest Airport Parking Facility: Delivers a Green Approach to Solving Parking ProblemsDenver’s Newest Airport Parking Facility: Delivers a Green Approach to Solving Parking Problems

With individuals and businesses facing new pressure to decrease their energy consumption and thereby lower their energy bills, the parking industry is feeling the pinch. (2012 NPA Innovation Award Winner: Innovative Sustainability Project of the Year.) Read more >>

Parking Goes 'Green': Santa Monica Civic Center Garage is First LEED certified Parking Structure in U.S.Parking Goes 'Green': Santa Monica Civic Center Garage is First LEED certified Parking Structure in U.S.

The new Santa Monica Civic Center parking structure is the only Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified parking structure in the United States. Read more >>


New LED: Retrofit Project will Save Logan Airport MillionsNew LED: Retrofit Project will Save Logan Airport Millions

Logan International Airport, owned and operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), is New England’s primary international and domestic airport. In May 2009, Massport approved $55.7 million to rehabilitate the Terminal B parking garage that was constructed in 1974. Read more >>

Rams Head Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel HillRams Head Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

No, it’s not easy being green. It takes cooperation, artistry and vision, all manifested in the Rams Head Center Parking Deck at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill campus. Read more >>

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