Environmental Merit Awards

Patrick Santoso

UNH Technology Transfer Center, Durham, NH

More than 40 New Hampshire waters are listed as impaired by chlorides from salt put on roads and parking lots. About half of the salt loading is from private parking lots and driveways. In the past, state and municipal road crews have had access to training programs, but there was nothing available to help private entities. The University of New Hampshire, led by Patrick Santoso of the UNH Technology Transfer Center, stepped into this void and created a voluntary training and certification program, called Green SnowPro. After participating in the I-93 Salt Reduction Work Group to learn about problems, Santoso designed the program. Since the first courses were offered in 2011, more than 300 people have been certified as Green SnowPros. Salt applicators have said that they made changes to their practices based on the training and that they are using less salt as a result. To quantify salt reduction, Santoso and his colleagues at UNH developed a web-based salt accounting system, the first of its kind in the nation. Santoso was also key in developing salt reduction plans for the four municipalities in the I-93 watersheds. His leadership has directly led to less salt use by these towns.

 

Environmental Merit Awards

From left to right:
Curt Spalding - EPA Region 1 Administrator
Patrick Santoso – UNH-Civil Engineering Doctoral Student
Tom Burack - NHDES Commissioner
Eric Williams - NHDES Wetland Bureu Supervisor
Ira Leighton - EPA Region 1 Deputy Regional Administrator