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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: "UDon't Need It/" student move-out program begins May 21 at STAR Campus
06/02/2014 -

The University of Delaware and the city of Newark have joined forces once again to offer the eighth consecutive year of the "UDon't Need It?" student move-out program, now at its new location at the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus at 540 S. College Ave. The program was originally developed to take control of the overwhelming amount of household goods disposed of each spring by departing university students. It has also become a charitable event.

UDaily: UD students attend UN negotiations on marine areas beyond national jurisdiction
05/27/2014 -

Nearly two-thirds of the world’s oceans lack national jurisdiction, representing one of the world’s last global commons. Rich in biodiversity, these areas play a crucial role in the functioning of marine ecosystems. Students from the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment recently attended United Nations negotiations in New York on the management of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ). Discussions focused on the scope, parameters and feasibility of potential international policy for the conservation of marine biodiversity.

UDaily: ISE Lab students mark Earth Day with environmental research on campus
05/27/2014 -

Students from the University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab) marked Earth Day by conducting interdisciplinary environmental research on campus.

“It was a very nice change in scenery to be out of the lab room for once,” said Andre Freligh, a freshman biological sciences major. “It was so great to actually physically be out in the field collecting data for a lab that doesn’t have predetermined answers.”

UDaily: Delaware Sea Grant helps town balance environment, development along riverfront
05/21/2014 -

During the 1800s, the southern Delaware community of Laurel exemplified small-town life in America: The economy centered around grain and lumber mills along the river running through town, and the surrounding tree-lined streets of Victorian houses provided family homes for generations. Quaint charm remains in the many historical landmarks in Laurel today, but the downtown area experienced decline over time. Businesses and housing development gradually shifted east toward Route 13, the main transportation artery, and industrial operations along Broad Creek took an environmental toll.

UDaily: Award-winning exhibit enhances public tours offered at UD's Lewes campus
05/15/2014 -

Vivid underwater images of diving penguins and deep-sea tubeworms capture the dynamic nature of the world’s oceans in a new exhibit open to the public at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. Visitors can view the award-winning, 200-footlong display, which highlights research conducted by scientists in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, on free tours offered this summer from June 6 through Sept. 5.

05/06/2014 -

When a team of researchers from the University of Delaware traveled to Africa two years ago to search for exemplary chickens, they weren't looking for plump thighs or delicious eggs. They were seeking out birds that could survive a hotter planet.

05/06/2014 -

DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara will step down this summer to head the National Wildlife Federation. O’Mara joined Gov. Jack Markell’s (D-Delaware) Cabinet in 2009 after working for the city of San Jose, California where he promoted environmentally sustainable economic development practices. At the time, he was the youngest cabinet official in the country.

UDaily: UD students learn about the complexities of producing food in farm-to-table course
05/06/2014 -

Students at the University of Delaware are learning about the step-by-step processes involved in getting food from farms to their plates -- as well as the anthropological and cultural connections that humans make with food -- in a new Farm-to-Table class.

The class is taught by Sue Barton, associate professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and a Cooperative Extension specialist, who explained that the idea for the class came about from a conversation with her daughter, who graduated UD two years ago.

05/01/2014 -

New Castle County's Executive office is asking for $1.5 million in this year's budget, to be spent on farmland and/or open space acquisition. This follows last year's successful request for $3 million. Since the Open Space Council halted proceedings before a farmland preservation deal could be completed, last year's $3 million remains unspent.

If this year's request for $1.5 million is approved by County Council, there will be a total of $4.5 million set aside for farmland preservation. Farmland and open space acquisition are widely approved by New Castle County residents, so what's the problem?

04/30/2014 -

Students who are interested in making sound environmental policy have an opportunity to gain direct experience this summer through a paid internship with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). Organized in collaboration with the Delaware Environmental Institute, two projects are in the offing. One is focused on policy to promote the use of native plants on formerly contaminated sites that have been remediated, working with DNREC’s Site Investigation and Restoration Branch. A second project will help the Division of Fish and Wildlife harmonize the array of regulations now in place governing more than 70,000 acres of land owned and managed by the state of Delaware.