Cars, driving, and parking are decidedly un-green. From fuel emissions to pollution, obstruction of green space to vehicle noise, parking can be hard on the environment. The parking industry has recently made significant inroads to creating more sustainable, greener parking lots and structures. With newly established standards and benchmarks, the parking industry is taking significant steps to minimize impact on our planet.
Not Just a Waste of Time
Parking is a time buster. An article in the UK Telegraph found that the average driver spends 106 days of life looking for parking. At any given time, 30% of cruising traffic is simply vehicles looking for parking spots. All that circling and looking doesn’t just waste time- it takes a toll on our environment. A study done on the Los Angeles UCLA campus found that drivers searching for spots on campus over the course of just one year caused 47,000 gallons of wasted gas and 730 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Making parking more sustainable is not a simple task. But simple steps can make a big difference. When drivers are able to plan where to park before arriving at their destination and/or access accurate parking data that directs them to available spots, wasted emissions can be significantly reduced. In the process, the parking experience becomes less time-consuming, less stressful, and more streamlined. And with a wireless system like OpenSpace by Parking Logix, installation and set-up is so simple that it’s easy on lot owners as well.
Reducing wasted gas and emissions is fundamental to greener parking. So are more sustainable parking lots. Earlier this year, both LEED and the Green Parking Council (GPC) set new standards for design and renovation of green parking lots. The National Parking Association took another leap toward greener parking this year with the release of Greener Parking Case Studies, a curated collection of sustainable parking case studies. As we move toward building better lots and minimizing parking pollution, the future of parking will be easier on the environment and on parkers everywhere.