Green Parking Council Announces Parking Facilities That Achieved Green Garage Certification

The Green Parking Council (GPC) announced the first seven parking facilities in the U.S. to achieve Green Garage Certification, a comprehensive sustainability standard for existing and new parking facilities launched in 2015 and evaluating 48 elements of garage operation, programs, structure and technology.

The Green Garage Certification program will be delivered and promoted globally by the Green Business Certification Inc., the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council‘s global LEED green building rating system.

The first seven parking facilities to achieve Green Garage Certification are:

 Certified Green Garages    Category    Owner/Developer    Location 
Bank of America Plaza
Los Angeles
BG Group Place
BG Holdco LLC
Canopy Airport Parking
Och Ziff Capital
Management Group
Parking Acquisition Ventures (PAVe)
Charles Square Garage
Charles Square Hotel
Cambridge, Mass.
Forest Home Garage
Cornell University
Ithaca, N.Y.
Silver Spring Metro Plaza
Metro Washington, D.C. (Silver Spring, Md.)
Westpark Corporate Center
JLL (Property Manager)
Metro Washington, D.C. (Tysons Corner, Va.)

“Cars are getting smarter, people are getting smarter, and parking garages are getting smarter,” explains Paul Wessel, executive director of the GPC, an affiliate of the International Parking Institute. “The greening of parking facilities transforms them into enablers of sustainable mobility. Certified Green Garages offer significant benefits for drivers, tenants, building owners, property managers and society overall.”

Launched in 2015, Green Garage Certification recognizes parking facility management practices that maximize performance while minimizing waste, programs that encourage mobility options and choice, and efficient and sustainable technology and structure design. Sustainable garages frequently employ energy-efficient lighting and ventilation systems, guidance systems that help drivers find parking faster, idle-reduction technologies, electric vehicle fueling stations, car sharing, bicycle parking, and stormwater management practices.

Multiple independent studies demonstrate that energy efficiency reaps tangible benefits for building owners. The Green Garage Standard encourages reduced energy usage through lighting, ventilation, controls and commissioning measures, which reduce operational costs in the range of 25 percent compared to the national average.

“The owners and operators of these seven sites demonstrate a commitment to sustainability that transcends the walls of their organizations and contributes to industry-wide transformation,” adds GPC Chairman John Schmid. “This is a milestone for the parking industry and profession. These agents of change are leveraging innovative business practices, accelerating the adoption of smart technologies, and embracing open-source collaboration.”

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