Green parking facility uses biodiesel shuttles

By Bryan Sims | October 25, 2010
Oct. 26, 2010

Frontier Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings Inc., and Canopy Airport Parking formed an extended promotional partnership aimed at providing fliers a chance to park at Canopy's ecofriendly facility in Commerce City, Colo. Canopy's state-of-the-art parking facility, expected to open in late November, will provide continuous shuttle service between the lot and the Frontier ticket counters using its seven biodiesel and hybrid shuttles.

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."

Canopy is a cooperative venture of Greenscape Capital and Propark America. Greenscape enhances profitability through energy savings and other environmental efficiencies while Propark provides custom parking management solutions for more than 400 parking facilities. Both Greenscape and Propark developed Canopy as a prototype for parking industry environmental and energy-efficiency standards.
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