‘Green Lot’ Opens to Energy Efficient Vehicles, Carpoolers

by Robert Gardner, Think Green Correspondent

This fall, Montgomery County Community College will open a brand new parking lot at its Central Campus designated, exclusively, for students, faculty and staff who carpool or who drive energy-efficient vehicles. Electric and hybrid vehicles are included in this class, along with conventional vehicles that have earned an EPA rating of 27 combined city and highway MPG or higher.

Drivers can apply for a permit to the 185-space parking lot, which is adjacent to the Advanced Technology Center, through the College’s online portal. Accepted applicants will receive an access card and parking decal. The lot will be open for general access parking on weekends.

The new parking lot is the College’s first to include charging stations for electric vehicles. Ten efficient GE Durastation charging stations at five pedestals will enable drivers to charge their electric vehicles in only four hours, half the time as a typical charge cycle of eight hours.

In addition to the charging stations, the lot includes a variety of additional “green” features, including:

  • LED Lighting — The lot is lighted for maximum safety by energy-saving LED lamps. LED lighting consumes less energy, lasts longer and operates cooler than other lighting applications.
  • Subsurface Infiltration System — The effects of runoff will be reduced as rainwater flows into the system, which assists in groundwater recharge and prevents downstream erosion.
  • Rain Gardens — A “natural bowl” also helps alleviate the effects of erosion by collecting excess rainwater from both the Advanced Technology Center parking lot and the roof of Parkhouse Hall.
  • Vegetated Swales with Check Dams — Compared to piping, these increase cost-effectiveness and slow the rate of runoff conveyance. They also provide aesthetic enhancement to the areas between parking spaces.

The green lot was developed in coordination with the Climate Commitment Advisory Council, which works to reduce the College’s carbon footprint and promote sustainability education.

The College’s new ‘green’ parking lot features 10 electric vehicle charging stations. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

10 thoughts on “‘Green Lot’ Opens to Energy Efficient Vehicles, Carpoolers

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  2. this is a good concept but the Restrictions on the who is allowed to park in the are to be blunt stupid. If your wondering your regular gasoline powered car has to earn a combined epa of 27mpg at minimum, which excludes mostly all the cars manufactured prior to 2003 and limits some of the newer cars availble, or you need to either ride something with two wheels, so that means you can actually only park in the lot for half the semester unless you like frost bite, or you have to drive a alternative energy/hybrid vehicle. So basically the only ones who will have access to the lot all year round is school faculty and students who have parents in a very good financial situation, well enough to buy them a newer model car, which epecially right now is not so common. This basically faculty parking with special access by a certain aspect of the student body (dependant upon financial stituation). But hey if you like altenative engery or “Green” vehicles, which some people do and this is not intended to offend them or discourage the movement towards a greater use of these vehicals which I can definitely get behind of, and your in the market for a new car shell out the extra money on a newer car that will grant you access to this lot for, on average, the two years you will be attending montco before your forced to spend, and it can be higher, somewhere around 20,000-50,000 dollars on tuition at a four year school. But hey we all know that we will be in debt when were finally done learning how to make money anyway.

  3. OH I did forget to mention that anyone who can find others to carpool have to register themselves as well as those that their transporting and all parties must have access cards.

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