Green Parking Council Launches Program to Certify Parking Garages that Meet New Industry Guidelines for Sustainability

Launching June 2, Green Garage Certification Program, considered "LEED for parking garages," recognizes sustainable design, technology, and management

(Dallas, Texas- June 2) Responding to the growing desire for more livable communities and rising concern about our planet, the Green Parking Council (GPC), an affiliate of the International Parking Institute (IPI), launched the Green Garage Certification program today.

Certification-Cover-6_1_14-SHADOW-B-smallThe program is the parking industry equivalent of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, and recognizes and inspires high standards in sustainable parking facility design, technology, operations, and management.

"Green Garage Certification provides both a roadmap and assessment tool for real estate owners, developers, planners, architects, tenants, parking operators, and others to strive toward a more environmentally and economically sustainable future," says GPC Executive Director Paul Wessel.

According to Wessel, Green Garage Certification is a consensus-driven program developed over several years and honed by external reviewers and a beta phase which included more than 40 facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

"Green Garage Certification applies an holistic approach to garage performance and sustainability, evaluating facilities based on their achievement toward a menu of standards developed by experts from a range of related fields," explains John Schmid, chair of the GPC board of directors. "This program demonstrates the parking industry's commitment to a greener future."

Independent, registered Green Garage Certification Assessors are being trained by the GPC and may be tapped to guide applicants through the process, providing varying levels of assistance based on individual needs.

Those interested in pursuing Green Garage Certification can view case studies and download Green Garage Certification at a Glance, along with a free Program Guide, which includes application procedures, program requirements, and a breakdown of criteria by certification level, at greenparkingcouncil.org/certification.

The 195-page, Green Garage Certification Standard, defining the program's performance measures and documentation requirements, can be purchased for $49.95 at greenparkingcouncil.org/certification or in a forthcoming Kindle version on Amazon.

For more information, contact Trevyr Meade at trevyr@greenparkingcouncil.org, 203.672.5891.

Green Garage Certification is the latest of the parking industry's ongoing sustainability initiatives, spurred by IPI's Framework on Sustainability, a statement of industry-wide goals and organization action items to promote sustainable parking solutions, and a new book, Sustainable Parking Design and Management: A Practitioner's Handbook, available at www.parking.org/greenbook.

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About the Green Parking Council

The Green Parking Council (GPC) is a not-for-profit organization providing leadership and oversight for the green conversion of parking facilities to sustainable, environmentally responsible assets. www.greenparkingcouncil.org

About the International Parking Institute

TheInternational Parking Institute is the world's largest association of parking professionals and the parking industry. www.parking.org.

Media contact:

Helen Sullivan
703.606.7622
sullivan@parking.org

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