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Preferred parking program for efficient autos begins

June 5, 2014

To support UNC Pembroke’s sustainability goals and offer an incentive to reduce the campus’ carbon footprint, owners of qualifying low-emission (LEV), fuel-efficient (FEV) and alternative-fuel vehicles will be allowed to park in two specially marked spaces near the entrance of some buildings on campus, according to UNCP’s Office of Sustainability. 

sustainable parkingThe initiative will be introduced at the Health Sciences Building, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(LEED) Silver Certified Building. The parking program will progress throughout campus starting with all parking lots associated with LEED-certified buildings, which is the campus minimum standard for new construction and major renovations. The spaces are part of the formula required for LEED certification.

“The parking program is about reducing the university’s carbon footprint and move the needle closer to our goal of carbon neutrality,” said Jay Blauser, UNCP’s sustainability director. “As new buildings are constructed, they will be LEED-certified silver by design and include preferred parking spaces, among other sustainable features.”

To park in a preferred space, a UNCP LEV decal is required, and the program is available to all parking permit holders - faculty, staff and students. There is no additional fee for the LEV decal.

To obtain a preferred permit, faculty, staff and students must have already purchased a current UNCP parking permit. Bring proof of vehicle registration, type of transmission (automatic or manual) and size of engine for your vehicle to verify qualification and receive your free LEV decal. Parking in one of these spaces without the decal will result in a ticket. 

To learn if a vehicle qualifies, students and employees may visit Police and Public Safety’s Parking/Traffic Control website or the Sustainability Office’s website. There are more than 700 makes and models of efficient autos on the list. To view the list online, go to: http://greenercars.org/news.htm/. (Under “Documents” and “Model Year 1998 – 2014 Low Emission Vehicles” click “HERE” to see the spreadsheet,for vehicles with a green rating score of 45 or higher, per the latest LEED standard.)

Electric vehicle charging stations are also planned as demand increases, and the campus takes additional steps to move the needle towards carbon neutrality.

For questions about this initiative, contact UNCP’s Sustainability Office at 910.521.6509 or Jay Blauser, Sustainability Director at jay.blauser@uncp.edu.