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Parking Company to Run Biodiesel Shuttles at Denver Airport

Canopy Airport Parking has partnered with Frontier Airlines to offer fliers a chance to ride to and from their green parking facility and the Frontier ticket counters on one of Canopy’s seven biodiesel and hybrid shuttles. Biodiesel Magazine reports the service will begin in late November: A 3,000-gallon tank will be installed on-site to refuel the bus fleet, according to Karl Kelman, Canopy’s marketing manager. “We also have buses that run on compressed natural gas and have a gasoline hybrid bus as well,” he said. In addition to biodiesel being used by Canopy’s shuttle buses, the innovative parking facility is expected to feature other environmentally friendly technologies, including solar power, geothermal and wind power. When the parking facility opens, Kelman said it should be the country’s first to feature energy efficient technologies from renewable sources. “We’re hopeful that at some point there will be other parking facilities like Canopy that integrate similar green features.” This parking facility is seen as a prototype in environmentally friendly facilities. See the original article here

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DesignworksUSA creates brand experience for Canopy Airport Parking

Press Release: BMW Group DesignworksUSA has partnered with Canopy Airport Parking to create the brand experience, look and feel for what’s anticipated to be the world’s greenest parking facility. Slated to open in time for the holiday season in November 2010 with capacity for 4200 vehicles, Canopy Airport Parking is located at 8100 Tower Road at Colorado’s Denver International Airport and showcases a variety of advanced environmentally-friendly technologies, including solar power, geothermal, wind, CNG, Biodiesel and hybrid shuttles all helping to reduce consumption, costs and emissions. Canopy Airport Parking expects to attain LEED Gold certification and is also striving for Platinum certification by the Green Parking Council, the non-profit organization responsible for certifying parking structures that incorporate ecologically and socially beneficial technologies. Through this collaboration DesignworksUSA is developing systems for Canopy Airport Parking that create a unified and uniquely rewarding customer experience for patrons across all touch points. This experience will convey Canopy’s values in an integrally connected manner to heighten the sustainable foundations of this facility, and build brand equity through a highly positive customer journey. This process began with DesignworksUSA first developing an identity that communicates the brand values, positioning and promise of the facility. Garage Juice Bar charging stations for electric vehicles, also co-created by DesignworksUSA, will be among the many innovative technologies available to customers parking at Canopy Airport Parking. Garage Juice Bar provides charging on a complimentary basis to help speed the adoption and deployment of electric vehicles and charging stations across North America. Garage

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Denver Airport Getting ‘Green’ Parking Facility

Green Park DIA, a 4,200-stall parking lot servicing Denver International Airport, is setting a goal to be the world’s greenest parking facility. The $32 million Green Park DIA, which is being built to LEED Gold standards from the U.S. Green Building Council, will incorporate a number of environmentally friendly aspects, according to a press release. Construction will take seven months. Green.Switch Capital Corp., a subsidiary of Greenscape Capital Group Inc., will build, operate and own the facility. ProPark USA, which operates 330 parking locations across North America, will own 10 percent of the operation and take part in management. This facility will serve as a marketing showpiece for future business development. Green.Switch aims to sell its services as a third party green retrofitting operation to other parking facilities throughout North America. The company expects net operating income of about $5.1 million a year, on sales of up to $19 million a year. The facility will rely on both solar and wind energy, as well as harness methane from a landfill and use geothermal energy. The parking lot itself will feature porous pavement to prevent excessive runoff of chemicals into the water stream. Customers of the parking facility will be shuttled back and forth to the airport in alternative-fuel shuttles. In other news, Denver International Airport is planning to build a $7 million solar electric-generating system to power its fuel storage and distribution system. This is in addition to its existing 2-megawatt solar photovoltaic system near the terminal. The 1.6-megawatt project

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