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Parking Services Introduces Preferred Parking for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

January 20, 2011

To support the Climate Action Plan goal of lowering the University’s carbon footprint, Penn Parking Services is designating five percent of its parking spaces in garages for electric/hybrid vehicles.

The effort, which is part of Penn’s Sustainable Transportation Initiative, is designed to support members of the Penn Community who choose to drive low emission vehicles and to increase the number of LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified buildings on campus. Through this effort Penn can earn specific LEED points for all buildings in the immediate area of each parking garage – another of the Climate Action Plan’s goals.

The spaces will be located near entrances, exits, or elevators, as required by the LEED designation program, and will be clearly delineated by signage. They will be available exclusively to hybrid and electric vehicles until 10 a.m. each day. After 10 a.m., other permit holders or paying visitors can make use of these spaces if they are unoccupied.

Parking Services has already begun designating hybrid/electric spaces and expect to have spaces in all of its facilities by the end of January. For a list of qualifying vehicles, or to learn more about the Sustainable Transportation Initiative, please visit www.upenn.edu/parking.

Fact

Utilities represent over 85% of campus carbon emissions.

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