Build Green Parking Lots for Your Company
Over the years, people have been educated of the effects of global warming and many have turned their companies “green” including their parking spaces. It used to be that parking lots are just a place where we leave our cars so we can go inside a building or somewhere else. Its fate is to act as an intermediary. These are boring and ugly spaces permanently set in cement.
On an environmental perspective, parking lots may look harmless but they really are not the most eco-friendly space in any building. According to recent research, over 60 million cars are expected to be produced this year. It doesn’t take an expert to know that that’s a lot of cars and establishments are getting bigger and bigger in an effort to accommodate all these vehicles. The necessity to turn everything “green” is increasing as we see the effects it brings on our weather and natural calamities we recently have been experiencing. If you are planning on building or renovating your parking lot, hire landscaping services to turn the parking space “Green” and take the following advices below.
Switch all concrete or asphalt to alternative pavers. You may use brick, gravel, pebbles, natural stone, grass paving blocks and many more. Concrete parking lots are impervious to stormwater and it is not a good thing because rather than being soaked and naturally filtered by layers and layers of soil, sand, rock, and microorganisms, stormwater simply runs off on the surface, carrying whatever pollutants there are along the way. Traditional parking lots act as barriers to the normal ecological life cycle of water.
Consider bioretention; it is engineering your parking lot so that stormwater is effectively channeled into a shallow area, filtered and then collected into a drainpipe to be later discharged into a river, stream, or another stormwater facility.
Reduce the length and width of individual parking stalls. You can accommodate more cars on less paved land by reducing the dimensions without alienating the SUVs.
Work around exiting trees in the area to avoid cutting them down when you build your parking lots.
Share the parking space. Do not devote a parking space entirely for the use of one business. The more business that can effectively share the use of the parking space at different times of the day, the better; you can even share the space to churchgoers on Sundays when there’s no work.