Parking and Transportation Services recognized for innovation, sustainability

The National Parking Association has named Colorado State University’s Parking and Transportation Services as its innovative organization of the year.

CSU Parking Services in the Parking Garage. December 16, 2010

Colorado State University was recognized for engaging sustainable solutions to decrease congestion and increase parking efficiency on campus, keeping with the university’s focus on green initiatives, while balancing increasing demands on parking.

Some innovations that lead to the award include:

  • Building LEED certified parking garages with technology that indicates open and taken spaces and alerts parkers to how many spaces are available on each floor
  • A change from physical permits to virtual permits, linked to the permit holder’s license plate, as well as online permit purchasing
  • Installing pay stations linked to license plate technology for short term parking, reducing paper use
  • Alternative transportation initiatives to reduce traffic on campus, including launching the Around the Horn shuttle system and partnering with ZipCar to encourage alternative transportation to campus

“We’re pleased to be recognized for our efforts to be a leader in parking management among universities as well as private and public parking companies,” said Doug Mayhew, associate director of Parking and Transportation Services. “We’ve focused on building an innovative program for many years, taking advantage of the opportunity that the current building boom on campus offers to rethink the way people get to and from campus.”

The National Parking Association announced the awards earlier this month, recognizing companies, organizations and individuals who demonstrate the highest professionalism and parking best practices while using leadership and state-of-the-art technology to improve safety, sustainability and bottom line results.