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The P-3 Project - Phase II

Phase II of the P3 project will further affirm our phase I promise and commitment to becoming a role model and leader to the entire community on environmental sustainability. Our research in phase I on water usage and conservation efforts will allow us to assess current trends and pinpoint areas of concern for future improvement. Significant data is yet to be collected on the paver project, especially, the effect of deicers and antiicers on permeable pavers. The growing size of industrial facilities in the area is producing a consequent need for parking to accommodate personal vehicles, as well as cargo containers and tractor-trailers. Coupled with the fast-growing residential developments in Joliet and the snowfall and ice accumulation in the cold winters, the result has been a measurably increased strain on the municipal water and storm water systems. The City of Joliet, like many communities, has had to regularly implement watering restrictions to limit the demand on the water system and the limited supply from deep wells. At the same time, the use of retention ponds to alleviate the strain on the storm water system is not always a viable solution, especially in highly developed urban areas such as the Cathedral Area. Our challenge then is twofold: (a) investigate the benefits of using pavers in parking lots to protect the quantity and quality of our water system and (b) protect our pavers from the corrosive nature of deicers by using green, biodegradable deisers such as Geomelt - a natural juice from beets.

Phase II of the project will focus on investigating the effects of deicers/ anti-icers on the quality of water that percolates through our paver system by using a 'green' de-icing product - a Geo-melt mix - made from Beet Juice. Due to its biodegradable nature, the Geo-melt mix will lessen the impact of the deicers on the environment (planet), continue to lessen the demand on the municipal storm drain system (people), as well as demonstrate the economic viability of using green products on our roadways as an alternative to the contaminant producing deicers we are currently using (prosperity).

In April we will be sending a three students along with two faculty members to propose phase II to Washington D.C.. They will be competing with other top universities to recieve a grant from the EPA to keep our project running.

Read the full version of the Phase II Proposal online.