In 2023, the Salt Smart Collaborative will be kicking off a new training program – Salt Smart Certified. The first training and certification program will focus on winter professionals that clear parking lots and sidewalks. The program will emphasis the use of industry-accepted best management practices for winter maintenance – practices that keep surfaces safe and reduce waste.  

The Conservation Foundation received a Section 319 Grant from the Illinois EPA to develop an Illinois-based manual and training program for parking lots and sidewalks. Unlike trainings that have been offered in the past, this manual and training program is tailored to private contractors in Illinois, while still being useful to public agencies. Through the Salt Smart Collaborative, we are working with a steering committee to help guide the development of the manual, training and what the certification process will entail. We are also looking for additional input from winter professionals across the state. 

How you can participate: 

Private contractors and others that maintain parking lots and sidewalks:

  • Participate on the Steering Committee to help review and provide guidance on the manual, training program and certification requirements.
  • Take the Application Rate Survey – help us understand how you operate, what equipment you have and how much salt you use.  All participants will be added to a drawing for Free Salt Smart Training Class Registrations for 2023, One Earthway Walk-Behind Liquids Spreader, or The Conservation Foundation Prize Pack (a hat and sweatshirt). 
  • Share this information with others in your networks.

Municipality, Business Owner, Property Manager, Conservation Organizations:

  • Pass on information to any contractors you know or work with and encourage them to participate in the Application Rate Survey and/or the Steering Committee.
  • If you have staff that are responsible for winter maintenance, encourage them to participate in the survey and/or Steering Committee. All participants will be added to a drawing for Free Salt Smart Training Class Registrations for 2023, One Earthway Walk-Behind Liquids Spreader, or The Conservation Foundation Prize Pack (a hat and sweatshirt). 

Contact Jennifer Hammer jhammer@theconservationfoundation.org for information on participating in the Steering Committee or review of training materials and program development.