Tuesday, Oct. 12, 10:15 a.m.
This session will focus on providing a realistic and practical analysis of various green technologies and how they fare in today's parking industry. The session will address three major technologies presented by market leaders, followed by a question and answer session with the presenters:
Solar Energy – Carports and Top Level "Energy Gardens"
Robin Heuser, COO/CLO, iParkSolar
Robert Hayworth, CEO and owner, Baja Construction
HVAC and Ventilation Strategies – Emerging Technology Solutions
Steve Little, LEED-AP, president, Level Solutions
Lighting and Lighting Control Strategies: Practical Analysis
Jeff Pinyot, president, ECO Parking Lights
For the rest of this year's Parking Show of Shows program, click here to check out our convention preview.
Register now and take advantage of Early Bird rates
Registration for NPA's 59th Annual Convention and Expo — The 2010 Parking Show of Shows — is now open. We are happy to be able to bring you the following all inclusive, one-day registration rates for Wednesday, Oct. 13, and Thursday, Oct. 14:
Oct. 13: $75 includes general session, business sessions, roundtable discussions, and the exhibit hall with lunch service.
Oct. 14: $50 includes business sessions, roundtable discussions and the exhibit hall with brunch service.
Our early-bird deadline to obtain these recession-busting rates expires on Wednesday, Sept. 15, so register now by going to http://www.npapark.org/events_convention.php.
For exhibitor and sponsorship information, contact Pat Langfeld at email@example.com. To view the program, register to play golf or arrange for transportation, go to http://www.npapark.org/events_convention.php.
To make a hotel reservation, call the Seaport Hotel at 877.732.7678 and indicate you are booking for NPA's convention to receive the group rate of $249. The cutoff date is Friday, Sept. 10.
NPA is also offering a limited number of rooms at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, located one block from the Seaport Hotel. The group rate at this hotel is $255 (single or double, per night, plus applicable taxes). The cutoff date for reservations at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront is Monday, Sept. 13. To make reservations, please contact Marriott reservations directly at 800.468.3571 and indicate you are reserving under the National Parking Association hotel room block at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.
Delta Air Lines Inc. is offering discounts to NPA Convention attendees
NPA is pleased to announce that more opportunities for discounted fares to Boston are now available through a special arrangement with Delta Air Lines. Delta Air Lines is offering special discounted airfares for The Parking Show of Shows. To take advantage of these discounts, follow these simple steps:
Legal Alert from Arent Fox
Submitted by Michael L. Stevens, partner, Arent Fox, Washington, D.C.
On July 22, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued a fact sheet that provides general information on the break time requirement for nursing mothers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which went into effect on March 23. This provision amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Patient Protection Affordable Care Act generally requires employers to provide "reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express the milk." Employers must provide "a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk." The law does not preempt state laws that provide greater protections to employees. The Department of Labor explained that employers must provide a reasonable amount of break time for a nursing mother to express milk as frequently as she needs to do so. The frequency and duration of each break will vary, depending on the circumstances.
A private bathroom is not permissible for these breaks. According to the Department of Labor, "the location provided must be functional as a space for expressing breast milk." If it is not dedicated space, "it must be available when needed in order to meet the statutory requirement." The space can be temporarily created or converted into a space for expressing milk or made available when needed by the nursing mother as long as it is shielded from view and free from any intrusion by co-workers and the public.
To read the rest of this alert, Click here.
Do your parking facility managers and attendants know how to spot and prevent a terrorism attempt on your garages and lots before it happens? Here's an important training program designed for everyone involved in the protection of your operations, assets and customers. Sign up as many as you can for this extremely vital Webinar session.
NPA's next Webinar will be held Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. EDT. Jeff Beatty, a counter-terrorism expert and special senior advisor at Total Security Services International, Inc., and a national expert in intelligence gathering and analysis, will present First Observer™ training.
First Observer™ is a national terrorism awareness program that uses the skills, experiences and "savvy" of Americans who spend a good part of their working day in America's surface transportation arena. The program recruits and trains volunteers to be "First Observers" in recognizing and reporting suspicious activities. First Observers observe, access and report in support of the national preparedness guidelines.
The First Observer™ Outreach and Training program provides a unique opportunity for Americans everywhere to be certified in this national program. The program also is designed to train thousands of parking industry employees nationwide, reporting anything suspicious – such as abandoned cars or individuals lurking on premises or posing unusual questions. It is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Agency and is administered by the Transportation Security Administration. Participants will become certified as First Observers, helping thousands of other trained Americans to track pieces of complex security puzzles and to solve some of those puzzles, and will receive a certificate of completion.
Keep checking this newsletter and the NPA website at www.npapark.org for more information on this important Webinar.
Our July/August issue is all about what's new in "green" parking. In addition to our regular columnists, you will find the following feature articles:
NPA members can also access the digital edition by going to the members-only section of our website. If you would like to subscribe to PARKING, please go to http://www.npapark.org/resourcecenter_parking_subscribe.php
Aug. 1 - 3
Rocky Mountain Transportation and Parking Summit
Hosted by the Pacific Intermountain Parking and Transportation Association and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Association for Commuter Transportation
Boulder Marriott, Boulder, Colo.
Contact: Casey Jones, CAPP firstname.lastname@example.org
New England Parking Council 2nd Annual Municipal Forum
Courtyard by Marriott New Haven at Yale
New Haven, Conn.
Contact: Jon R. Frederick, Jrfrederick@cityofportsmouth.com or http://www.newenglandparkingcouncil.org
Cleaning fluid stains from the garage floor
Times Herald-Record Share
To remove fresh oil stains, first pour 1 cup of baking soda over the spot and let sit for a while. Scrub, scrub, scrub, then rinse and mop dry. Clay-type cat litter can be used to absorb large spills. Pour it on the area and grind it in with your foot. Let it stay on overnight, then sweep up and wash the area with detergent and water. More
Automated valet technology makes setting rates simple
For a valet operation, sometimes parking the car is the easiest part of the job. Dealing with rates, scheduling, claims, computers, staff and customers is what gets complicated. Automated Valet offers a feature with its valet operating system, AVPM, which makes setting rates a quick and simple procedure with even the most complicated rate table. More
ParkWhiz reserves your parking spots ahead of events
Once you've secured tickets and made it through traffic, having to find suitable parking before a concert, game, or big event can feel like drip torture. Free Web application and mobile site ParkWhiz lets you line up a spot in advance. More
Despite car boom, Chindia parking is cheap
The Wall Street Journal Share
News stories about China's booming car market &mdash now the world's largest &mdash can be as breathless as one feels riding behind its exhaust-belching trucks. India's emerging middle class excites the car industry just as much, even as its demographics demand car prices near the motorcycle level. Less obvious is how cheap it remains to park a car in those countries, judging from data in an annual survey from Colliers International. More
Dialing for parking launched at Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
The Boston Globe Share
Commuters quickly embraced new technology that allows them to pay for parking at Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority stations using their phones, ending the old-fashioned coin-stuffing, bill-folding system of paying for parking. Customers at 70 MBTA-owned lots containing a total of 23,733 parking spaces can now pay by credit card for the first time using their phones. More
Laz Parking to provide electric vehicle charging stations at their parking facilities
Market Watch via The Wall Street Journal Share
Car Charging Group Inc. announced it has partnered with national parking company, LAZ Parking N.Y./N.J., LLC, to provide charging stations for electric vehicles at LAZ Parking locations throughout the New York and New Jersey metropolitan areas. This partnership is an effort to support the potential need for electric vehicle charging stations nationwide to satisfy the plans of automobile manufacturers such as Tesla Motors, the Renault and Nissan alliance, General Motors, Ford and others lining up to offer consumers a choice of electric vehicles available in dealer showrooms. More
High-tech parking meters premiere in San Francisco
San Francisco Chronicle Share
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will roll out the first large-scale test of SFpark in the Hayes Valley neighborhood with the installation of 190 high-tech meters, part of a two-year experiment to find out how pricing affects drivers' parking choices in commercial corridors. The goal of the $24.75 million pilot project, backed with nearly $20 million in federal funding, is to prevent cars from circling the block looking for parking and to reduce congestion and air pollution. More
Using power conservatively costs less than new systems
Pocono Record Share
In Newcastle in western Pennsylvania, a San Diego-based solar energy company is conducting an experiment using solar "trees" in a parking lot. The panels, on gimbals, shade the asphalt even while they collect and transmit the sun's energy into the grid. More