For every parking space booked via Spacer, we’ll plant a tree with One Tree Planted.
As a parking platform, we know that motor vehicles contribute significantly to carbon emissions. While we always encourage environmentally friendly travel, we understand that many don’t have that option. By partnering with One Tree Planted, we hope to give back to our community by helping our Renters and Hosts reduce their carbon footprint.
One Tree Planted is a not-for-profit organization focused on global reforestation. Their projects are conducted in partnership with local communities and experts to create positive impacts for nature, people and wildlife.
Did you know that 68% of land in cities is devoted to parking spots? A study by Planetizen found that less than a third of our urban cities and non-residential areas were dedicated to community facilities such as parks, libraries, social services and playgrounds.
In addition to these parking lots, our own research shows that 92% of Americans have access to a private driveway, car spot or garage. The cherry on top is that 41% of these parking spots are empty for 4 days of the week or more. In fact, across the U.S., there are 8 parking spots available for every car.
At Spacer, our goal is to create smart and sustainable cities. In addition to our partnership with One Tree Planted, we’ve partnered with car sharing companies such as ZipCar to help our Renters and Hosts make the most of their existing assets, and have set our sights on the future of EV.
Despite this, recent research by INRIX has found that drivers waste on average 64 hours a year searching for available street or hourly parking. That equates to nearly $1,400 per driver in wasted time, fuel and emissions. It turns out that parking isn’t just putting a strain on people’s pockets, it’s also putting enormous strain on the environment.
We believe that by connecting these two groups of people, drivers searching for parking and property owners with excess space, we can reduce inefficiencies in the community. By pre-booking monthly parking, you decrease the time spent circling the block and as result, lower greenhouse gas emissions. By renting out your excess space, we can reduce the number of parking lots built and give those areas back to communities.
While One Tree Planted operate globally, they have a focus on reforestation in North America. Working with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. State Forest and the Conservation District, the charity is directly involved in projects such as forest fire recovery, particularly in areas like California, Florida and Oregon.
By planting trees along the Pacific Northwest’s rivers and streams, One Tree Planted has been able to improve the health and quantity of fish in these areas, in turn helping other species who rely on these areas for food. This includes Orca’s, whose diet is nearly 80% salmon.
One Tree Planted is closely involved with reforestation efforts after wildfires across North America. Reforestation is essential in catalyzing the environmental recovery process, preventing invasive species and restoring homes for wildlife.
The organization also works to protect culturally important indigenous lands throughout the United States and Canada through their reforestation projects. This includes replacing trees impacted by wind damage, disease and insect damage.
By choosing Spacer, not only are you reducing carbon emissions, you’re also helping us to give space back to local communities. We’re closer to our dream of smarter, greener and more sustainable cities, thanks to you.
If you would like to chat more about our tree planting program or have any questions about your booking or listing, please feel free to email us at [email protected] or give us a call on 1-800-339-2635.