KU's first sustainable parking lot, Lot 54, contains a number of features that contribute to environmentally-friendly land use and grounds-keeping on campus, including:
- Native shade trees and the intentional use of light colored pavement keep the surface of the lot and the air around it cooler by shading from and reflecting the sun's rays.
- Porous pavement allows rainwater to drain through its surface, recharging groundwater storage and irrigating tree roots, rather than being carried rapidly away by traditional impervious pavement.
- Rain gardens collect runoff water, naturally filtering sediment and pollutants collected on the landscape before the rainwater enters the watershed.
Lot 54 is located off of Naismith Dr. between 15th St. and Irving Hill Rd.