Parking lots are the most noticeable feature of the developed environment. In some cities they consume up to one-third of all land areas. All these paved spaces use up valuable land and increase stormwater runoff,
which is responsible for more frequent flooding and pollution.They also create heat islands, increase glare and light pollution and are extremely ugly. Guidelines used by communities since the 1980s have resulted in multitudes of under-utilized parking lots that have negative impacts on the environment. Learn about multi-use green parking lots as a cost-effective approach to manage stormwater and provide other environmental and social benefits in this week's NIE page.