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Standard Solar brings solar energy deployment to UD
08/16/2010 -

Standard Solar, Inc., the East Coast's premier full-service developer, integrator and installer of solar electric systems, today announced that it will install solar power at the University of Delaware (UD). The array will be installed by Standard Solar and jointly developed, owned and operated with its joint venture partner Perpetual Energy Systems LLC (PES), a comprehensive financier of solar powered renewable energy systems.

UD's initial solar array will include more than 2,000 panels to yield an 850-kilowatt solar electric system. Once completed, UD's system is expected to generate approximately 1,035,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year and result in 1,323,433 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide being emitted annually. The avoided emissions will be the equivalent of reducing the use of 68,216 gallons of gasoline each year.

Greenland glacier calves island 4 times the size of Manhattan, UD scientist reports
08/06/2010 -

A University of Delaware researcher reports that an “ice island” four times the size of Manhattan has calved from Greenland's Petermann Glacier. The last time the Arctic lost such a large chunk of ice was in 1962.

“In the early morning hours of August 5, 2010, an ice island four times the size of Manhattan was born in northern Greenland,” said Andreas Muenchow, associate professor of physical ocean science and engineering at the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Muenchow's research in Nares Strait, between Greenland and Canada, is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

International conference examines water resources in a changing climate
08/04/2010 -

The Sixth International Conference on Sustainable Water Environment opened at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall on Thursday morning, July 29, with nearly 200 participants from six continents in attendance.

The conference continued through Saturday morning, during which time 130 technical papers and 60 posters were presented, as well as two sessions on future research needs in both natural and built systems to ensure water security and sustainability.

“Water is the most important natural resource,” said C. P. Huang, Donald C. Phillips Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and chair of the international organizing committee for the conference. “It is a necessary substance for life and there is no substitute for it. This conference is focusing on strategies and technologies for ensuring the sustainability of water resources around the world in a time of climate change.”

UD partners to restore American shad to National Wild and Scenic River
07/09/2010 -

A team of scientists and students from the Institute for Public Administration's (IPA) Water Resources Agency (WRA) at the University of Delaware have partnered with biologists from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Brandywine Conservancy to help restore American shad and hickory shad to the White Clay Creek, a National Wild and Scenic River near Newark, Del.

07/02/2010 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute’s website, along with the University of Delaware’s environmental portal, received a first place award in the National Federation of Press Women’s 2010 NFPW Communications Contest. For their work on the website, Molly Chappell, senior art director in the UD Office of Communications and Marketing, with David Barczak, senior art director, and Martin Mbugua, former senior news editor, received the top award in the communications programs and campaigns category for a marketing program or campaign for a service or product.

CEOE dean among ocean leaders to brief White House on Gulf oil spill
06/25/2010 -

As efforts to stem BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill continue, University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment Dean Nancy Targett headed to the White House. Targett visited Vice President Joe Biden's Domestic Policy Advisory Committee Tuesday, June 22, to discuss response to the disaster.

Targett and four other experts from the ocean science community briefed the committee's staff on the Consortium for Ocean Leadership's June 3 meeting in Baton Rouge, La., which convened the U.S. research community on the spill.

Kauffman elected to Partnership for Delaware Estuary advisory committee
06/21/2010 -

Gerald Kauffman, director of the Water Resources Agency (WRA), a unit of the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration (IPA), has been elected to the Scientific Technical Advisory Committee of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

Kauffman was one of two new committee members to be elected by a panel of their peers. This is a significant recognition of his contributions and stature in the water resources scientific community. For many years he had served in an advisory role to but was not on the elected committee.

Sparks to receive Liebig Medal from International Union of Soil Sciences
06/19/2010 -

This summer, Donald Sparks, S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware and director of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), will receive the Liebig Award from the International Union of Soil Sciences for outstanding contributions in soil science research, revealing new discoveries, techniques, inventions, or materials related to soils and the environment.

The award, which consists of an engraved medal, a certificate, and honorarium, will be presented to Sparks on Aug. 5 at the 19th World Congress of Soil Science in Brisbane, Australia. It will mark only the second time the award has been given by the 150,000-member society, which was founded in 1924.

Day 59: UD site shows cities whose 115,000 cars could have been fueled by spill
06/18/2010 -

Buffalo, Las Vegas, Pasadena, Hartford, or Topeka -- all of the 100,000-120,000 cars in any one of these cities could have been fueled for a year by the oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill as of June 17, day 59 of the catastrophe. See the full list of U.S. cities and counties on Prof. James J. Corbett's website at the University of Delaware.

The UD website calculates daily the number and kinds of transportation vehicles the spilled oil could have supplied. It also now includes a map showing the different cities and counties whose cars could have been fueled for a year.

Day 57: Updated figures show oil from spill could have powered 68,000 cars for year
06/16/2010 -

By day 57 (June 15), if all the oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico had been used for fuel, it could have powered 68,000 cars, and 6,100 trucks, and 3,100 ships for a full year, according to University of Delaware Prof. James J. Corbett, who updates the numbers daily on his website.

That's based on the average estimated spill rate of 30,000 barrels of oil per day. On June 10, the science team analyzing the spill updated their estimates to range between 20,000 and 40,000 barrels per day, nearly double their original estimated flow rate. Corbett now includes calculations based on the new average on his website at UD.

Visitors to the website can choose the spill rate they believe is most accurate from a range of reported estimates, and the website will automatically calculate how many cars, trucks, and ships could have been powered for a year, based on Bureau of Transportation Statistics.