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Parking Garages Get Their Own Sustainability Certification

By Nick Dephtereos for BuildingGreen.com

Kaiser Permanente and other building owners are working to make parking garages greener; a new certification system could help standardize such practices as green walls and renewable energy. Photo credit: M.O. Stevens/buildinggreen.com

Kaiser Permanente and other building owners are working to make parking garages greener; a new certification system could help standardize such practices as green walls and renewable energy. Photo credit: M.O. Stevens/buildinggreen.com

The Green Parking Council (GPC), an affiliate of the International Parking Institute, recently launched the Green Garage Certification Program. The program, according to GPC, is the parking industry’s equivalent of LEED certification—a rating system for sustainable parking facility design.

Each facility will be evaluated based on its achievement on a menu of standards developed by experts from a range of related fields, according to GPC.

GPC will evaluate garages based on categories, such as energy efficiency, energy resilience, access to mass transit and other alternative transportation options, stormwater management, and cleaning practices.

GPC will offer three levels of certification – bronze, silver, and gold – based on scoring. GPC also announced the release of a 195-page book, Green Garage Certification Standard.

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