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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Overall Score Expired
Liaison Beverley Ayeni
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2011
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STARS v1.1

Western University
OP-T2-22: Snow and Ice Removal

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Brandon Watson
Communications and Training Officer
Physical Plant and Capital Planning Services
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Has the institution implemented technologies or strategies to reduce the environmental impacts of snow and ice removal?:
Yes

A brief description of the snow and ice removal program, policy, or practice:

The salt used on the Western campus is treated with a magnesium chloride additive. The greatest benefit is that the salt continues to work in extremely cold temperatures. Normally, once the thermometer dips below minus six degrees Celsius, most road salts lose their strength and some areas may need to be salted several times to compensate. On the other hand, magnesium chloride-treated salt is effective up to minus 20 degrees Celsius, making a single pass often enough.

In addition, less harmful formulation containing potassium acetate and corrosion inhibitors (green and blue coloured material) are being used in and around campus. The colour is a product feature to let workers identify areas that have already been treated, eliminating the tendency to over-apply.


The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:

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