making our waterways Less Salty this winter
Commerce Court has partnered with WWF-Canada to help manage road salt responsibly and increase awareness of the harm it is causing our waterways and wildlife.
What is the issue?
A recent study of 371 lakes in eastern North America shows increased levels of chloride (salt) due to runoff from snow and ice melt. In other words, salt that is used to melt snow ends up in our waterways and has accumulated over time to levels that are harmful to wildlife and the ecosystem at large. For example, Lake Simcoe’s salt concentration levels have increased five folds since the 1970s.
To learn more, read WWF-Canada's blog on the issue HERE
What are we doing?
As a pilot site for this brand-new partnership, Commerce Court has committed to the following:
- Full-day training and certification of property staff on responsible salt management, delivered by Smart About Salt Council – achieved!
- Tenant engagement campaign – soon to launch
- Internal policy and management review to ensure best practices are continuously achieved - on going
What can you do?
- Use salt (chloride) ice melt products responsibly, or try environmentally safe products. Products with no or low levels of chloride have the added advantage of being less harmful to pets and garden. To learn more, click here
- Help us spread the word! Taking action is easy and will not make our waters less salty, but will also help reduce concrete and asphalt deterioration… not to mention shoes! If you are a condo owner, raise the issue with your board. For those shoveling snow, inform your neighbours they can save money by reducing salt application
- Wear winter boots outdoors whenever possible to reduce your chance of slipping on melted snow and ice
- To learn how to reduce salt use at home, see our info page HERE
- Download the Smart About Salt 'Curb the Salt' poster HERE
Contact Meirav Even-Har, Sustainability Manager with your questions and comments
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 416.364.0758