Impark’s commitment to reduced environmental impact is not a recent, reactive measure but dates back to 2004 when we began to make choices about our business practices. Our goals were based on proactive measures that would positively influence overall resource consumption, environmental emissions and recycling. To date, the following key initiatives have been implemented:
- Certification as North America’s first Carbon Neutral Parking Company (Q3 of 2007)
- Reduce internal consumption of non-renewable resources and source green supply alternatives
- Promote awareness of consumption-reduction and environmental impacts amongst our customer and client groups
- Re-engineering of parking garages / lots to support energy efficiency and environmental soundness
- Deployment of Impark Wireless pay-by-phone and E-pass systems which eliminate the need for meters, paper or plastic passes, and the energy and resources to support
- Configuration of parking facilities to eliminate vehicle idling, especially where vehicles queue at an exit / entrance to pay or take a ticket
- The use of solar-powered meters to eliminate lead acid batteries and reduce consumption of standard grid electricity
- Participation in BOMA’s office recycling program across the company, recycling all paper waste
- Use of low lead, non-volatile organic compound paints in our Sign Shops
- Implementation of WHMIS compliance procedures for safe handling and disposal of materials
In 2009, one of our strategic plan initiatives was to develop the next phase of our GoGreen program. The initiative reached across company employees, clients and customers, exploring and implementing further options and programs on which to maximize our efforts to be proactive and sound stewards of the environment under our influence.
- Ongoing supporter of wildlife habitat revitalization – in part through a $100,000 donation to Pacific Parklands Foundation
Green Initiatives in the Philadelphia / Baltimore / Washington D.C. Area
Impark is developing a specific sustainability program for the Philadelphia / Baltimore / Washington D.C. region. This program includes installation of recycling containers at all sites, use of environmentally friendly cleaning supplies, and analysis of parking layouts to speed ingress / egress from each facility. In addition, parking operations in the area are switching to recycled paper products for all uses, as well as working to install tire inflation units to aid emissions by ensuring that correct pressure is maintained. The next phase of this project is to evaluate the feasibility of installing Electric Vehicle Charging stations and lighting retrofits (Note: Baltimore currently hosts designated Hybrid vehicle parking spaces, with lighting retrofits having occurred at the marjority of locations).
Lastly, the BWI Rental Agency Shuttle Service, which is operated by Impark, utilizes a fleet of 25 Compressed Natural Gas buses. Compressed Natural Gas is shown to reduce carbon emissions substantially over other forms of fuel.