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The International Parking Institute's (IPI) Framework on Sustainability for Parking Design, Management, and Operations, outlines industry-wide goals and organization action items that provide education, incentives, and forums for members to learn about and contribute to sustainable parking solutions.
According to IPI Executive Director, Shawn Conrad, CAE, "This Framework reflects the integral role parking professionals play in helping communities achieve sustainability goals and is a living document that will be adapted over time to accommodate new ideas and advancements in the sustainability movement."
As stated in the Framework on Sustainability, parking and transportation solutions should balance economic feasibility, public health and welfare, and consideration of environmental effects. The Framework lists seven goals related to sustainability, as well as ten action areas through which IPI, in close collaboration with its members, will focus efforts.
In the Framework on Sustainability, IPI pledges to promote and support seminars, publications, awards, education certification programs, and other tools and resources on sustainability topics. The Framework also states support for peer-to-peer sharing, long-term views, and third-party collaboration, which are all critical steps in making informed sustainability decisions.
Sustainability continues to be a focus at IPI's annual Conference and Expo, the world's largest parking industry event. Scheduled for June 1-4 in Dallas, Tex., this year's conference includes an educational track on the topic.
In addition, IPI's annual Awards of Excellence competition, which recognizes outstanding achievements in parking, includes two categories to reward environmentally-friendly innovation in new and renovated facilities, as well as operations.
Conrad also noted that just reducing the amount of time it takes for drivers to find a parking spot can significantly reduce fuel waste and emissions, and this can be accomplished through smart planning combined with new technologies and mobile apps that make it easier to find and navigate to available parking spaces.
According to IPI's most recent Emerging Trends in Parking report, an increasing demand for green and sustainable parking solutions is a leading industry trend.
Many parking facilities today are adopting best practices in sustainability with energy-efficient lighting, solar panels, and innovative water and waste management systems to reduce their carbon footprints. These include implementing recycling systems, using local and recycled materials in construction, and installing renewable energy technology such as photovoltaic, wind power, bio-fuels, and hydrogen fuel cells. An increasing number of parking facilities are also supporting sustainability by accommodating alternative fuel vehicles.
In 2014, the Green Parking Council, an affiliate of IPI, will launch a Green Garage Certification program which will be the LEED of garage certification. The program will recognize, verify, and encourage sustainable solutions in new , existing, renovated, and retrofitted parking garages.
The International Parking Institute is the world's largest association representing parking professionals and the parking industry. Learn more and download IPI's Framework on Sustainability for Parking Design, Management and Operations here.