Entering Green Parking
To accommodate a growing student population, UT Arlington recently opened a new parking garage with 1,100 spaces. The structure is within College Park, a mixed-use facility set to open by summer 2012 that includes a residence hall, apartments, and retail space. The garage features safety components like video cameras and emergency call boxes, as well as green technology such as a free, public charging station for electric vehicles and upper-deck solar panels. The panels eventually will form the largest carport-style photovoltaic energy system in Texas, expected to generate enough energy to offset 30 percent of the energy use at College Park.