Winter deicing results in substantial export of road salts to fresh waters and causes numerous ecological problems. Extension faculty and other educators at the University of Connecticut implemented New Hampshire's Green SnowPro program, a voluntary training program for salt applicators. University of Connecticut facilities staff applied 3,479 fewer metric tons of salt to campus in the 2 years after the educational training, equating to a cost savings of $459,251. Substantial environmental and economic benefits can be realized in northern climates if Extension and other educators rally behind this program.
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Dietz, M. E. (2020). Tipping the Balance on Winter Deicing Impacts: Education Is the Key. The Journal of Extension, 58(2), Article 18. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.58.02.18