Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.29
Liaison Seth Vidana
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2013
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STARS v1.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Gary Hodge
Supervisor of Outdoor Maintenance
Facilities Management
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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 WWU grounds crew has steered away from the use of more harmful ice melts like salt and urea to less harmful products like Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride. Unfortunately, with minimal funding Western is unable to purchase non-toxic or biodegradable corn-based, liquid applications as used in Whatcom County. Within the last year we have successfully begun a pre-application of ice melt before conditions reach freezing temperatures. The pre-application helps to weaken the ice-to-surface bond which in turn reduces the total amount of ice-melt used after freezing conditions have set in.

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

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