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Preferred parking begins for efficient autos

Preferred parking program begins for efficient autos

by Sara Owen, Photo Editor

LEV FEV parking signOwners of 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 the Office of Sustainability.

The program supports the university's sustainability goals by offering an incentive to reduce the campus’ carbon footprint.

“The parking program is about reducing the university’s carbon footprint and move the needle closer to our goal of carbon neutrality,” Sustainability Director Jay Blauser said.

Health Sciences Building

The initiative was first introduced at the Health Sciences Building, which is 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.

“As new buildings are constructed, they will be LEED-certified silver by design and include preferred parking spaces, among other sustainable features,” he said.

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

How to get one

To obtain a preferred permit, faculty, staff and students must have already purchased a current UNCP parking permit.

Applicants should present proof of vehicle registration, type of transmission (automatic or manual) and size of engine for a vehicle to verify qualification.

Parking in one of the special spaces without the decal will result in a ticket.

To find out 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, you can go to: http://greenercars.org/news.htm/.

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

More information is available from UNCP’s Sustainability Office at 910.521.6509 or jay.blauser@uncp.edu.