The Best Things in Life…

Are worth waiting for, right? Sometimes you work on something for a really long time.  We have a project like that (36 months, 4 days, 17 hours and 15 minutes it took, I believe) that’s just reached the finish line: Sustainable Parking Design and Management: A Practitioner’s Handbook.

When I first entered the business world, I believed there was an immediate and direct relationship between effort and productive hours expended and a successful outcome, regardless of timeline. The faster you invested, the faster the product would be complete and it would be as good as the effort. In my years here at TimHaahs, often there were decisions I wanted us to make and projects I wanted us to start, and Tim would advise us to wait (waiting has never been my strong suit). But something special (almost always) happened in the waiting. Situations changed, additional thought was applied, and a different sort of organic evolution took place. Often, projects were improved by allowing other people to get involved or by tackling unforeseen challenges. Although it did not come naturally to me, I learned the importance of applying patience, sleeping on it, and allowing projects to grow on their own.

At long last, Sustainable Parking Design and Management: A Practitioner’s Handbook–all 188 pages of it, a joint project of IPI and NPA, is available for pre-order now, and both a hardcover and an ebook (Kindle) version will be available in just a few weeks.

This brand new book about sustainability and parking is the first of its kind. As the editor, I can say we are all very excited about it (who wouldn’t be after 36 months?). I know our authors, peer reviewers, IPI, our Board of Directors consider it a watershed moment.  This publication–a reference and technical manual for integrating sustainability into our industry–needed time to grow, to evolve, and become the very best that it could be.

Thanks so much to every person who touched the book. You have all made this one of the very best things I have had the honor and pleasure to work on.

Some projects are just worth the wait.

 

About Rachel Yoka

Rachel Yoka, LEED AP BD+C, CPSM, CNU-A, is vice president of program development with IPI.

Comments

  1. John Oglesby says:

    Rachel

    Your leadership was critical as you shepherded us all to an excellent results. My personal thanks and congratulations to you, and Tim Haahs for supporting you giving so generously of your time and talents. This is a great project that will benefit thousands and tens of thousands of consumers and drivers in the US.

  2. Liliana Rambo says:

    Rachel, congratulations to you and all others who participated in this wonderful endeavor. We will forever be in debt for this amazing contribution!

  3. Casey Jones says:

    Rachel,

    This is indeed a watershed moment and while many people were involved you deserve great credit for your perseverance, encouragement and organizational leadership along the way. For those who don’t yet realize the positive impact on sustainability our industry can and should have, this book will be a real eye-opener. Congratulations on a job well done.

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