About

Transportation in the U.S. now emits more greenhouse gases than power plants. Parking is one of the largest land uses in cities. Vehicles are parked about 95 percent of the time.

A growing consciousness, evolving technology, and new business opportunities are expanding parking’s role as a transformative force for sustainable mobility in our cities, campuses, entertainment venues and elsewhere.

Thoughtful siting and design can conserve water resources, energy, and construction materials. Locating parking near public transit and providing alternative modes of transportation can reduce vehicle miles traveled, harmful emissions, fuel consumption and costs.

Enter Parksmart—formerly Green Garage Certification—the world’s only rating system designed to advance sustainable mobility through smarter parking structure design and operation. Developed by industry experts, the Parksmart framework guides projects toward innovative, solutions-oriented strategies.

Parksmart garages offer significant benefits for drivers, tenants, building owners, and property managers. Parksmart creates opportunities for parking structures to lower their energy usage through lighting, ventilation, controls and commissioning measures, reducing operational costs up to 25 percent compared to the national average.

Parksmart complements LEED and other certifications and is administered by Green Business Certification, Inc (GBCI).

Why Parksmart

Worldwide, the number of motorized vehicles is expected to double by 2030. Parking structure design and operation will shape the fuels powering these vehicles, how alternatives to single-occupant vehicles will be be embraced, and the climate impact of our mobility.

Parksmart guides parking structures to positive impact by embracing parking and transportation best practices.

Parksmart is a voluntary certification empowering high-performance parking facilities to improve mobility while using fewer resources. The Parksmart program accelerates the growth of business models integrating connected cars, consumer choice, multimodal mobility, smart parking and intelligent transportation innovations, and other rapidly advancing technologies.

Parksmart garages utilize 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.

The high-performance structures, technologies and practices of Parksmart certified garages reduce energy consumption, maximize performance, and minimize waste, and encourage biking, car sharing, carpooling and alternative fuel vehicles.

Parksmart certification recognizes parking structures that:

Reduce their environmental impact

Reduce their environmental impact

Increase their energy efficiency and performance

Increase their energy efficiency and performance

Manage parking spaces efficiently

Manage parking spaces efficiently

Encourage alternative mobility options

Encourage alternative mobility options

Strengthen community relationships

Strengthen community relationships

Advisory Council

Awards

Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Awards

Applications for the 2017 LEEP Awards are now open. The awards recognize high-achieving parking facilities, honoring real estate owners who have achieved exceptional energy reductions at parking facilities through lighting and controls.

LEEP offers its participants free guidance and recognition for installing better lighting in their parking lots and garages. By joining the LEEP Campaign and applying for a LEEP Award, you get access to tools to lower operating costs of new and existing parking facilities. Campaign members get access to the technical expertise of the Department of Energy, are recognized for participating and may be specially honored for exemplary achievement in 21 categories.

LEEP is a collaboration of the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), International Facility Management Organization (IFMA), International Parking Institute (IPI) and USGBC in collaboration with the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance.

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