The Little Dog That Couldn’t Go Outside

Today we discovered a story of a friend’s dog named Venus. Venus can’t go outside during the winter because of all the road salt on the sidewalks in her neighbourhood! Her family tried to get Venus to wear booties, but she refused. Because of Road Salt, an innocent dog can’t go outside for her daily…

Solar Panel Heated Roads

Solar roadways is a concept for replacing roads and parking lots with a solar paving system which will power the world around them. Roads would be heated to melt the ice and snow and take off the road salt as well to alert drivers if anything at all is in the roads. The roads would…

Pavement Problems Resolved

Permeable Pavement: It’s re-paving time again, and you want to be eco-friendly. You find out about this new technology called permeable pavement. You want to find out more. So that’s where I come in. Permeable pavement is pavement that heats the snow, melts it, and absorbs it into the ground. While it costs just under…

Labrador Tow Truck Drivers Against Road Salt

Labrador wants to use more sand. Or so says an article from CBC News. Labrador already uses sand on most of its central roads, but one notorious road, the North West River Road, uses salt, making the road slippery. According to the man interviewed, tow truck driver Blair Wagner, rust and salt-related problems were scarce…

Reusable Alternatives

Unlike Road Salt, which washes away with the melting ice into storm drains, most of the alternative products that provide traction can be cleaned up and used again. At Star Academy, we have been testing EcoTraction, and have been able to sweep up EcoTraction from areas that don’t need it anymore and sprinkle it on…

Ice Storm & Road Salt Use

The Ice Storm of December 2013 was incredible, providing many beautiful photos of ice-covered trees and berries. The storm did more than cover nature with sheets of ice, it also covered the roads and sidewalks, making walking and driving very dangerous. Due to the lack of available alternatives, many homeowners, businesses, and city officials were…