Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.52
Liaison Sarah Wald
Submission Date Nov. 16, 2011
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STARS v1.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Patty Smith
Associate Director of Facilities
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Has the institution implemented technologies or strategies to reduce the environmental impacts of snow and ice removal?:

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

Our goal is to have the campus open as early as it needs to be for the safety of the employees and students to who come earliest, including early morning deliveries. Most equipment used on roadways and large sidewalks is gasoline powered (snow blowers, snow plows with the biggest blade for the fewest passes possible, skid loaders). A lot of shoveling is also used at door entries, interior stairways, dumpster areas, and for clearing off flat roofs. Rock Salt is used on pavements for ice. A product called Safer Salt is used on pathways. We used calcium chloride in the past, but it is harsh on surrounding vegetation. With Safer Salt, less product is required because it melts at a more rapid rate. Due to fact that this product works faster it does not need to be put to the edge of walkways maintaining a respectable border to vegetation. This product provides for an overall safer campus because it works faster and it is less harmful. This year we put up four foot poles between December 16th and December 31st to guide snow blowers so they stay on asphalt and do not damage vegetation. We need to use calcium chloride on the steps of Mead Hall because that type of grout does not respond well to safer salt (following mason instructions). No other chemicals are used. A detailed list of expectations is provided for the contractor of snow removal.

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

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