Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.73
Liaison Sean MacInnes
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2014
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University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-T2-22: Snow and Ice Removal

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Anneliese Hitcho
Student Worker
Office of Sustainability
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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:

The Grounds Department uses an ice melt product that contains magnesium chloride. This product is less environmentally problematic than other chloride-based products such as calcium chloride and sodium chloride. Any runoff from this product contributes less chloride contamination in surface waters because it has one-third less chloride content versus other chloride- based options. Further, since magnesium is a common ingredient in most fertilizers it will not harm vegetation. Finally, this product is also safer to use on concrete areas such as sidewalks and driveways, Concrete where the product is applied shows less scaling and chipping, thus reducing maintenance costs and the affiliated environmental costs.

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

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