Just as I thought the Green label could not be used for sillier reasons than parties, exhibitions and CEO planes, this from TreeHugger, a story about a green parking garage. Well, I suppose the cars have to rest soewhere, and it does minimize the footprint of the structure. But how about not building the structure in the first place? Let the cars fend for themselves for street parking as God intended them to?
Only in California could one find such a deliciously silly story. Santa Monica has just opened "the nation’s first sustainable solar-powered parking structure. The six-story, 882-space structure at the Civic Center features photovoltaic roof panels, a storm drain water treatment system, recycled construction materials and energy efficient mechanical systems."
Evidently the cars are well treated: “From the Santa Monica Mountains to Catalina Island, these parking spaces have the best view in town.” And they are going for LEED certification, which should be a challenge for an above grade parking garage, even if it was made from site-grown bamboo and ventilated by flapping butterfly wings.
After all, the City is spending $180 million plan to add 1,712 parking spaces over the next ten years- just what every city needs right now when we are trying to discourage cars, not give them ocean views. ::Lookout News