The importance of sustainable parking facilities and practices has been recognized through the development of the GBCI administered Parksmart (formerly known as Green Garage Certification), which is the world’s only rating system that defines, measures and recognizes high-performing, sustainable garages.
Developed by industry experts, Parksmart applies to new and existing facilities and assesses projects in several categories, including parking structure management, programming, design and technology. The Parksmart framework guides projects toward using innovating, solutions-oriented strategies that:
Certified green garages save money in operational costs, along with offering many other benefits for building and property owners, drivers, tenants and local communities. Created in partnership with the International Parking Institute and other groups, Parksmart is a field-tested road map for green garages.
DESMAN’s accredited Green Garage Assessors have been trained by Parksmart on the Green Garage Certification Standard and the certification process. Our knowledgeable assessors are experienced in evaluating new and existing parking structures and are dedicated to innovative sustainable development. We have the expertise to effectively integrate smart parking technologies and structure designs that reduce operating costs, increase parking efficiency, support customer mobility, and reduce environmental impact; management practices that increase revenue by maximizing assets while minimizing waste; and programs that promote environmentally-friendly services, foster community relations, and provide new revenue sources.
Applicants for Parksmart Green Garage Certification are not required to use trained assessors but will find their familiarity with the program helpful and save them time and money.
Email any of our Parksmart assessors for more information on how DESMAN’s Parksmart Green Garage Assessors can help you! Steve Rebora: SRebora@desman.com, Bob Weissenborn: RWeissenborn@desman.com, David Taxman: DTaxman@desman.com, John Judge: JJudge@desman.com, Chris Luz: CLuz@desman.com, Eric Haggett: EHaggett@desman.com.
DESMAN PROJECT NAMED ONE OF THE FIRST SEVEN PARKING GARAGES IN THE U.S. TO ACHIEVE GREEN GARAGE CERTIFICATION
On July 1, 2015, the Green Parking Council announced that Cornell University’s Forest Home Garage was the first University Garage in the U.S. to achieve Green Garage Certification. DESMAN was the Green Garage Assessor for the Forest Home Garage, a 254-space garage that was constructed in 2009 and encourages bike usage and o offers public spaces for placemaking. DESMAN has also been authorized to continue to work with Cornell University to help them achieve their goal of getting their entire parking system, consisting of 10,000 parking spaces and a student population of 30,000, Green Certified.