November 23, 2003

Permeable Parking Lots

Category: Environment

perm_lot.jpgErie, PA: Facing requirements to reduce storm water run-off, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie chose a permeable-surface for their parking lot, allowing rainwater to soak through the lot instead of directly into nearby waterways. Because of local regulations, this ultimately saves the church money.

That bottom line is perhaps the best incentive for businesses and municipalities to discourage impermeable asphalt as the parking lot standard, but a permeable lot, especially the type that allows grass to grow within it, is also far more pleasant to look at, and a lot less hot in the summer. Good things all around.

Also, permeable lots can reduce ground-water depletion which helps municipalities financially and environmentally. This is especially important in sprawling suburban areas with limited ground-water resources.

Posted by Nick at November 23, 2003 06:21 PM | TrackBack

Comments:

Sounds a bit like some sections of the Eccles line on the Manchester Metrolink light rail network, where the rails run through what looks like lawn.

Posted by: Tim Hall on November 23, 2003 02:58 PM

Sounds a bit like some sections of the Eccles line on the Manchester Metrolink light rail network, where the rails run through what looks like lawn.

Posted by: Tim Hall on November 23, 2003 02:58 PM

(Sorry about the double post)

Posted by: Tim Hall on November 23, 2003 03:48 PM
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