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The High Cost of Building Parking

Beyond the fact that supplying lots of parking encourages driving, a new study quantifies the environmental impact of parking lot construction.

The study, conducted by a team in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, estimates that there are roughly 800 million parking spots in the U.S.

Eric Jaffe of The Infrastucturist summarizes:"...the construction and maintenance of those spaces do, in fact, take a large cumulative toll on the environment. When parking spots are taken into account, an average car's per-mile carbon emissions go up as much as 10 percent, the authors conclude."

Full Story: New Study Reveals the Hidden Environmental Cost of Parking

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