Green Initatives

THE PARKING DIVISION  takes “going green” very seriously and we are proud to say the parking industry is addressing this important movement with the implementation of many energy-saving initiatives and programs.

Locally, we have rolled out the following programs:

  • All single space parking meters are battery operated
  • We use rechargeable electronic hand held ticket writers, which save paper and are more eco-friendly
  • IN 2016 THE PARKING DIVISION replaced the existing lighting in the Pine Street Parking Ramp, which has over 700 light fixtures, with energy efficient LED, ballast-free lamps. What this means:
    • Zero $ expended to replace ballasts
    • Zero ballasts being powered
    • Zero ballast sent to  recycling
    • Previous fluorescent fixtures had a 3 year life.  New LED lamps have a 10-year life.  Let’s do the math…

700 fixtures x 1 ballast each = 700 ballasts saved

700 fixtures x 3 lamps each = 2100 lamps saved

2100 lamps x 3 lamp life cycles = 6300 lamps


700 ballasts + 6300 fewer lamps being

purchased, powered and ultimately recycled

Add in the 40% energy reduction =

  • All parking ramps have additional energy saving devices such as daylight sensors which power down fixtures during daylight hours
  • All spent lighting devices are recycled
  • The new PARCS equipment at the ramp entrances/exits has software controls that switch the equipment to an energy-saving “standby” mode during periods when visitor traffic is lightest.