Brussels Combats Air Pollution with Free Transit

Brussels has joined Paris and Madrid in offering free transit and free bikeshare use on days when air quality is particularly bad, in an effort to fight pollution. If levels of fine particulate matter in the air stay bad for 48 hours, the city’s residents will be able to use Read More »

Plug in When You Park?

By David M. Feehan I drive a 2013 Chevy Volt, which I bought new. Chevy sells about 25,000 Volts a year, and the new Honda Clarity plug-in hybrid expects sales to be about the same. There are other at least 20 manufacturers that now offer PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles), Read More »

At a Glance: Green vs. Greenwashed: A Reference for the Parking Industry

With the rise of consumer demand for environmentally (and socially conscious) products and services, companies promote the perception that an organization’s products, goals, or policies are environmentally friendly. This may occur without a true commitment to environmentally sustainable practices. “Green marketing” or “greenwashing” is defined as the practice of a Read More »

Earth Day

By Irma Henderson, CAPP In celebration of Earth Day that occurred this past Saturday, this week’s blog series is dedicated to sustainability in parking. During the past 40 years, 85 percent of Americans have driven their cars to work every day and most cars are parked 95 percent of the Read More »

Stop Fighting Over Who Takes Out the Trash

By Vicki Pero, SPHR Environmental sustainability has been important to me for most of my life and I’ve had the good fortune to participate in greening efforts personally and professionally. At the beginning of this year, I set a goal for myself to limit the amount of trash that I Read More »

365 Days Big Green

By Dan Ciarcia Today’s parking owners are innovating to maximize financial and environmental value while providing higher levels of service to customers. Parking designers are crafting solutions that capitalize on location, community, and water and energy resources. Owners are also embracing multi-mobility, alternative fuels, cycling, and connectivity to the community. Read More »

Parksmart Certification Standard

Parksmart Certification Standard is the detailed reference manual for Parksmart certification (formerly Green Garage Certification), the transformational rating system defining and recognizing sustainable practices in parking structure management, programming, design, and technology. The standard contains technical requirements for each of the 48 discrete elements of the program, including descriptions, options Read More »

2016 Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign Award Winners Announced

Annual LEEP awards honors organizations for cutting energy use in parking facilities (Los Angeles) – Oct. 5, 2016 – Today, the winners of the 2016 Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) campaign were announced. LEEP is an annual recognition of real estate owners that have achieved exceptional performance in parking Read More »

Certified Green Garage Goes Global As Parksmart

By John Schmid It was 11:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 2015 when I walked back into my holiday house party and made a toast: “to the green parking garage going global.” I then signed the document package the attorneys had sent over, and a new era began. This was Read More »

Strategic Partner News: Certify your parking structure for the future with Parksmart

Parksmart certification helps parking facilities meet standards of sustainability and reduced environmental impact. Parksmart is the world’s only rating system defining and recognizing sustainable practices in parking structure management, programming, design and technology. An industry-driven, field-tested road map for high-performance new and existing parking garages, Parksmart recognizes forward-thinking facilities working today Read More »