WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Building on its industry-wide commitment to sustainability, the multi-billion dollar parking industry announced plans today to publish a groundbreaking new book that gives parking professionals and those in related industries a blueprint for "going green."
Sustainable Parking Design and Management: A Practitioner's Handbook, a joint project of the International Parking Institute (IPI) and the National Parking Association (NPA), presents an innovative, top-to-bottom approach to parking operations based on thoughtful stewardship of the planet.
The book is a collaborative effort of more than 30 field experts and peer reviewers, covering such subjects as accommodating electric vehicles/alternative-fueled vehicles and different modes of transportation; energy-efficient lighting, solar and wind power; car/bike sharing and van pooling; green roofs; sustainable landscaping sustainable metering and payment; environmentally-responsible parking in mixed-use developments; and much more.
Numerous case studies illustrate how parking industry leaders are incorporating innovative technologies and best practices to into a model of sustainability for the future. Designed with conscious intent, these exceptional facilities contribute positively to their communities and both reflect and support evolving lifestyles and priorities.
"The publication is meant to be a parking operating manual for the 21st century," says the book's editor, Rachel Yoka, LEED AP BD+C, vice president at Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc.
Yoka says readers will be educated, challenged, and inspired by the experts and real-world applications of their innovative practices.
"As an industry, we have a tremendous opportunity to shift from a reactionary stance to a more demanding, but effective, proactive one," she says. "This publication takes a meaningful step forward to frame the discussion of parking and sustainability. It showcases our ability to lead, both in theory and in practice, not merely to follow and respond."
SOURCE National Parking Association