Hollywood Parking Goes Green
?By Kris Rebar,
Office of Public Affairs
HOLLYWOOD - Current trends across the country have cities focused on becoming more sustainable. Whether it’s introducing a recycling program or enforcing green building codes, there are hundreds of ways cities can get on board with green practices. The City of Hollywood is committed to protecting the environment and encouraging sustainability. Over the years, all departments have improved processes and implemented environmental initiatives with the goal of making Hollywood greener.
One agency of the City that has implemented a number of green initiatives in Hollywood is parking. With the focus on alternative transportation methods and seeking ways to make vehicles more efficient, “environmentally friendly,” is not what typically comes to mind when you think of parking facilities. That hasn’t prevented the Office of Parking and Intergovernmental Affairs from looking for ways to make its existing garages greener. The Office has also sought opportunities to make minimize the impact of its services on the environment.
The Parking Enforcement and Garage Divisions, as well as the Meter Shop, are using electric vehicles, golf carts and Toyota Prius Hybrid vehicles. Many of the light fixtures have been replaced throughout City garages to make them more energy efficient. Hundreds of high efficiency induction lights and LED fixtures have replaced the low pressure, sodium vapor lights originally installed when the garages were built. Solar/battery powered parking meters have been installed throughout the City, in parking lots on Hollywood Beach, at the Hollywood City Marina and on metered streets.
Another enhancement in the garages is electric car charging stations. These convenient stations are in place at the City’s two downtown parking garages (Van Buren and 20th Street and 19th and Tyler), as well as the Garfield Street garage on Hollywood Beach. Owners of electric vehicles can re-charge by plugging them into the charging stations that are mounted at the front of the designated parking spaces making it easy for users to access them.
While Hollywood is planning for the future when it comes to sustainable development, it’s also looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of existing facilities and adopt greener processes for providing vital services to residents and visitors of the City.