IPI Introduces New Membership Structure
It's been an exciting year for IPI! As we heard in Pittsburgh, IPI members have recently reaped the benefits of many new programs and opportunities, all of which increased the value of our IPI memberships. The International Parking Institute is pleased to introduce a new membership structure for the organization that's designed to offer the most value while keeping IPI as inclusive as possible for professionals across the industry.
Over the past year, the Membership Committee examined our membership structure to determine the best ways to maximize our membership value. We believe we have accomplished this goal through the new structure that was formally approved by the Board last month.
Under the new structure, all employees of a member organization will be considered members, and will enjoy all rights and privileges associated with their employers' membership. This includes a bi-weekly subscription to the IPI Insider, a copy of Who's Who in Parking, access to IPI training, webinars and industry information, as well as, member rates on all IPI products, services, and conference registrations. Additionally, each member organization will receive four copies of each issue of The Parking Professional.
Extending membership privileges to all employees of member organizations will allow IPI to serve as an even greater resource for our industry and the communities and customers we serve. We look forward to implementing this new structure beginning July 1 and rolled out over the course of the fiscal year, and are confident it will strengthen and provide industry expertise to a host of new individuals within each organization.
More information on the new structure will be mailed to all members during their renewal period, but please feel free to contact T.J. Cantwell, our new Membership Director, at Cantwell@parking.org if you have any questions or would like further information. We love hearing from you!
New Membership Director Joins IPI Team
IPI is pleased to welcome T.J. Cantwell to its team as membership director. Before joining IPI, T.J. was vice president of nonprofit relations at Gifts In Kind International and led several initiatives to improve member services and increase member satisfaction. IPI is excited to have T.J. on board to listen to and work closely with the heart of our organization, our members. T.J. looks forward to serving you and hearing your ideas and suggestions. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in Serving on an IPI Committee?
IPI is soliciting volunteers to serve on the association's committees. Committees play a major role in IPI's programs, operations, and overall direction. As a membership organization, IPI appreciates the dedication and involvement of its members who are actively involved in its many committees. You are invited to respond to this year's Call and share your skills, passion and perspectives. The deadline to respond to the Call for Volunteers is Friday, July 1, 2011, and appointments will be made in August. If you are currently serving on a committee and wish to remain on it for another two-year term, you need to submit an application. Visit the website for complete details and to submit your application.
Update on LEED Certification
The United States Green Building Council released the revised Minimum Project Requirements (MPRs) on June 1, 2011. The MPR dictates the kind of structures and sites that are eligible for certification under the LEED Rating Systems. Until recently, the current LEED rating system, LEED 2009, allowed the certification of parking structures that met some criteria, including a minimum 2 percent ratio of interior space to gross floor area, one minimum full time equivalent, and 1,000 square feet of interior conditioned space within the structure. This meant that mixed-use structures with office and retail space could pursue certification under LEED 2009, and many owners in the industry have done just that.
With the latest issue of the MPR, as of May 9, 2011, "Parking garages may not pursue LEED certification. More specifically, buildings that dedicate more than 75 percent of floor area (including areas not covered, enclosed, or conditioned) to the parking and circulation of motor vehicles are ineligible for LEED. Parking garages may be included within the LEED project boundary. If parking is within, connected to, or on the site of the LEED project building, it may (and sometimes, must) be included within the LEED project boundary." Projects registered with LEED prior to May of this year may still pursue certification under the previous issue of the MPR. Garages may still contribute point values for the certification of larger projects, such as a campus or office complex. As such, parking can still make a contribution to the LEED process.
This change was not unanticipated, but was released earlier than expected by many in the architecture and engineering community. Moving forward, IPI will continue to inform our members on these issues, and the opportunities that exist to make structured and surface parking more sustainable.
Win-Win: Awards of Excellence Winners Reap Benefits of Parking Matters Publicity Blitz
IPI's push to generate publicity surrounding the IPI Awards of Excellence program is a big win for the competition winners and the profession. "We make a significant effort each year to support the achievements of the winning projects by generating favorable publicity in trade, news, local business journals, and social media," explains Helen Sullivan, IPI's communications counsel. Sullivan says the fact that many of the winning projects incorporate innovative thinking, advanced technology, and sustainable solutions helps drive home all the messages of the Parking Matters program to advance the profession (The Parking Matters video has been viewed more than 1,000 times! See it here.). The industry recognition and the morale boost for the winning project teams is sweet, but the value of the media coverage is priceless as a marketing tool winners can leverage to attract new business. Publicity for this year's honorees is still rolling in, but to date, coverage includes the New York Times' Wheels blog, Today's Facility Management, ArchNews Now, ARC-Tech News, Autoguide.com, Brownfield Renewal News, Durability & Design, and others. Entries for the 2012 Awards of Excellence competition will be sent to members in September. The deadline for entries will be early November.
IPI Awards of Excellence Coverage
Summit on Parking:
The Missing Link in Effective TDM
The International Parking Institute (IPI) and the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) will present this one-day summit at the end of the 2011 ACT International Conference, Wednesday, August 31, from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on the Riverwalk.
During the one-day summit, participants will learn about the parking management techniques and technologies that directly contribute to Transportation Demand Management (TDM) objectives, including
congestion relief, air quality improvements, VMT reduction,
enhancements for transit and active transportation, improved land use decisions, and quality of life/urban space enhancements. The material
covered will be suitable for parking managers and their employees, parking asset owners and operators, planners, architects, transportation management, corporate and university campus transportation professionals, facility managers, downtown professionals, and employee transportation coordinators.
Specific content will include:
- Optimizing on-street parking performance.
- Guidance and revenue control strategies for emissions mitigation.
- Optimizing the utilization of park and ride facilities.
- Policy development to support park-once, trip chaining, ridesharing, and carsharing.
- Public policy: zoning, taxation, and parking.
- Occasional-use parking solutions to support multimodal commuters.
- Integrated parking and transportation during planning and operations.
- Business opportunities in parking/TDM integration.
- Parking data management for TDM metrics/planning and commuter incentive programs
Attendees will participate in five educational sessions, have an opportunity to interact with a range of consultants and suppliers, and wrap up the day with a networking closing reception from
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Downloadable PDF with registration information.
IPI's Next Webinar:
Green Technologies for Parking
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
2:00 p.m. EDT
Instructors: Richard Easley, CAPP, President, E-Squared Engineering, and Mike Drow, CAPP, Senior Vice President, Technology Integration, Standard Parking Corporation
This impartial webinar, offered by IPI's Technology Committee, will explore ways green technologies can be used to improve parking operations from mobility, operating, and maintenance perspectives. Participants will walk away with a list of simple tasks to do now to improve the "green" of their parking operations as well as a list of longer term considerations that should be investigated.
Items to be covered include:
- Wayfinding - Internal and External.
- Alternative Transportation.
- Alternative Energy Vehicles.
- Congestion Reduction.
- On-Street - Off-Street Coordination.
OPERATIONAL AND MAINTENANCE
- Alternative Payment Processing.
- Mobility Technology Impacts.
- Reduction of Paper Tickets.
- Retrofit - Lighting, Micro Wind Turbines, Solar Electric.
- Maintenance Practices.
- Short- and Long-Term Tasks.
$35.00 for IPI Members
$50.00 for Non-Members
Register at www.parking.org/webinars
2011 IPI Conference & Expo
Audio Recordings Available
Employee training yields higher employee retention rates, boosts morale, and creates more effective working habits and an increased level of communication and productivity. To assist in your training, IPI has recorded the audio files on CD from the 2011 IPI Conference & Expo and has made them available for purchase. 2011 IPI Conference & Expo education sessions.
From the July Issue of
The Parking Professional
The July issue of The Parking Professional was mailed this week and includes:
IPI Takes on Pittsburgh - Revisit the fun and learning of the 2011 IPI Conference & Expo.
The Consummate Professional - IPI's new Chair, Casey Jones, CAPP, looks forward to more growth and progress with IPI.
Feedback and Progress - Washington, D.C., researches and pilots new technologies in its parking system.
Apples, Oranges, and Parking - Vendors not living up to expectations? Find out why your bidding method isn't serving you well, and how to fix it.
Problem Solved - Tel Aviv offers innovative solutions to age-old parking problems.
Pay on the Go - In-car parking meters offer convenience and savings for both customers and parking facility owners, and they're the wave of the future.
Advertising information is available by contacting Bonnie Watts, CEM, at 540.371.7535.
IPI is proud to present IPI Career HQ, an online resource designed to help employers recruit qualified parking industry professionals, and to help parking professionals make employment connections.
Recent jobs added to IPI's Career HQ
Transportation Demand Management/TDM Manager University of California, Berkeley US-CA-Berkeley
Parking Operations ManagerIntegrated Parking Services, LTD.Abuja-Nigeria
Parking Maintenance Supervisor University of California, Berkeley US - CA - Berkeley
Always free to individuals looking for new career opportunities, to make the job board even more useful to employers, IPI is announcing a new pricing model:
Single 30-day job posting - $49
Includes resume database search
Annual Subscription - $299
One fee, unlimited job postings
(each job runs for 30 days)
Includes resume database search
Reach thousands of parking professionals! Each job posting is included in the IPInsider as well as on the home page of the IPI website. For more information on posting a job opportunity, visit the Employers section of the IPI CareerHQ