Smart About Salt
Mar 8, 2022
Taking care of profit, people and the planet
Companies should commit to focusing as much on social and environmental concerns as they do on profits in a win-win-win framework.
Feb 9, 2022
Making the right choices in winter
Consider using the right product, at the right time, in the right amounts.
Dec 16, 2021
Climate change and its impact on winter maintenance
Winter maintenance contractors, facility owners and others are already experiencing the negative impacts of changing climate.
Nov 3, 2021
Implementing BMPs can reduce salt use and reduce environmental damage
Since it’s almost impossible to stop salt derived chlorides once they are introduced to the environment, the best way to address environmental problems from excessive salt use is with source controls.
Oct 12, 2021
Winter maintenance is a complicated art and science
For anyone involved in winter maintenance, it’s obvious that winter maintenance is anything but unsophisticated.
Sep 8, 2021
Hiring professionals matters
There should be no debate that those we engage for winter maintenance should be professionals, but too often their contributions are minimized.
Jan 5, 2021
Document, document, document
The increasing challenges experienced by winter maintenance professionals are driven by two key factors.
Dec 15, 2020
The case for investing in training
Improving knowledge is one of the best ways to advance a career.
Nov 4, 2020
Liquids gaining traction with winter maintenance pros
One of the best examples of the positive change being embraced by winter maintenance professionals is the use of liquid de-icing materials.
Oct 5, 2020
Winter maintenance contractors struggles
One challenge has been the ability to find salt and the year-over-year increased costs for product.
Sep 2, 2020
Smart About Salt Council supports winter maintenance community
An overview of programs available to snow and ice contractors.
Apr 15, 2012
New ending — new beginnings
As the winter (such as it was) winds down, it is time to start thinking about what we need to do to close off this winter and prepare ourselves for next winter.
Mar 15, 2012
Managing your winter risk
Not much winter left — possibly — but the risks still exist as long as we are in the freeze-thaw period.
Feb 15, 2012
How much salt is enough?
I came upon a thick layer of salt spread around a city bus stop that made me realize it might be time for an article on application rates.
Jan 15, 2012
City of Ottawa takes leadership role in salt reduction
The City of Ottawa hosted a Smart about Salt summit on Nov. 29 to foster greater public and private partnerships in promoting efficient salt use in the city.
Dec 15, 2011
Rock salt doesn’t melt anything!
In my course Smart about Salt Essentials Training I conduct an experiment using a cold plate, where I simulate a frosting situation in the classroom.
Nov 15, 2011
A rainy day is a risk management opportunity
Site owners and managers should be fix problem areas in the offseason.