Green Parking and Sustainable Mobility - Introduction
DEEP DIVE - Green Parking and Sustainable Mobility
Mark Gander, AICP, Principal Planner, AECOM, New York, NY
Paul Wessel, Executive Director, Green Parking Council, New Haven, CT
Rachel Nguyen, Executive Director, Future Lab, Nissan Motor Company, Ltd.
Glenn Kurtz, Executive Vice President, Lanier Parking Solutions, Atlanta, GA
• Harnessing our resources wisely is what will enable
people all over the globe to enjoy a higher standard of
living – and that is good news for companies. But
there is no economic future for companies if the
resources they convert are depleted.
• Sustainability is the best competitive business
approach we have to using scarce resources wisely and
effectively, minimizing waste and making smart
investment decisions for an uncertain future.
Sustainability is: a) an operating philosophy, b) a point
of view, c) a service we provide our clients, and d)
something for which we advocate.
• Transport systems have significant impacts on the environment,
accounting for between 20% and 25% of world energy consumption and
carbon dioxide emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from transport are
increasing at a faster rate than any other energy using sector. Road
transport is also a major contributor to local air pollution and smog.
• Sustainable mobility includes vehicles, energy, infrastructure, roads,
railways, airways, waterways, canals, pipelines, and terminals. Transport
operations and logistics as well as transit-oriented development.
Transportation sustainability is measured by system effectiveness,
efficiency, equity as well as the environmental impacts.
• Short-term activity promotes incremental improvement in fuel efficiency
and vehicle emissions controls while long-term goals include migrating
transportation from fossil-based energy to other alternatives such as
renewable energy and use of other renewable resources. The entire life
cycle of transport systems is subject to sustainability measurement and
• Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city in Argentina with population of 3 Million
implemented several impressive sustainable transport projects in 2013. For its success
Buenos Aires is a finalist for the 2014 Sustainable Transport Award.
• In 2013, the city launched two new corridors of their BRT system, Metrobus; the city has
transformed dozens of blocks in city center into a pedestrian-friendly environment,
encouraging walking and cycling. These changes are bringing big changes to Buenos Aires and
promoting a culture that prioritizes people over cars.
• Avenue 9 de Julio, known as the “widest avenue in the world” with more than 20 lanes of car
traffic, has undergone an impressive “transit makeover” in the last year. The city replaced car
lanes with bus-only lanes and created a high-quality, median-aligned bus corridor with 17
stations, accommodating 11 bus lines and improving travel for 200,000 passengers per day.
Across the board, passengers have reduced their travel time by an average of 30 minutes per
bus ride. It used to take more than 40 minutes to cross the city. Now it takes an average of
• The 9 de Julio Avenue corridor project is part of a citywide Sustainable Mobility Plan initiated
in 2009. The plan includes the pedestrianization of more than 100 blocks of the Microcentro
area, an extension of the public bicycle share system, a 300 km bicycle-lane network,
interventions prioritizing pedestrian activity and public transport, traffic calming and road
safety infrastructure, and a sweeping on-street parking-reform project planned for 2014 that
will incorporate best practices from around the world to combat illegal parking and improve
Parking takes a central role in mobility
“Parking should not be an end point in a journey. Parking
facilities should serve as active, mixed-use resources that
seamlessly connect to reliable smart grid infrastructure, trains,
trams or bicycle paths, allowing journeys to continue on.” -
Mark Gander, AECOM, Green Parking Council Board Member
World Trade Center Transportation Hub, New York,
Massive new transit hub will enhance
The US$3.4-billion transit hub is a key logistical
element of the complex because it serves
commuter trains between downtown Manhattan
and New Jersey, as well as New York's subway
system. Its extraordinary, soaring-winged design
is by Santiago Calatrava in association with
AECOM, and symbolizes the wings of a dove. The
800,000-square-foot (74,322-square-meter) hub
includes approximately 200,000 square feet
(18,581 square meters) of retail space and will
open in late 2014.
- Mark Gander,
Principal Transportation Planner
and Real Estate Manager
“Parking should not be an end point in a
journey. Parking facilities should serve as
active, mixed-use resources that seamlessly
connect to reliable smart grid infrastructure,
trains, trams or bicycle paths, allowing
journeys to continue on.”
“Parking has a central role in this mobility
chain as a strategic enabler for intermodal
concepts and a catalyst to foster community
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