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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

04/30/2014 -

City Council has formally asked for the routes of natural gas pipelines that would run to a large data center and associated power plant proposed for the former Chrysler site. The body voted 5-2 early Tuesday morning to request that the project owner, The Data Centers LLC, update information in its application for a $7.5 million infrastructure grant and to include the intended pipeline routes.

04/29/2014 -

This Saturday, the University of Delaware looks forward to opening its doors to thousands of our neighbors for the 37th annual “Ag Day” on the Newark campus. The day will be filled with fun, food, music, animals, hayrides and educational demonstrations – all welcome sights after the historic snowy winter. It’s also the perfect time to focus on preserving the earth’s precious natural resources, especially our food supply. This is our mission all year long at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UD.

04/29/2014 -

The University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI) will hold its annual symposium on Wednesday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the John M. Clayton Hall Conference Center. The event offers UD students and faculty the opportunity to present their energy-related research efforts, learn about key issues in the energy industry, and collaborate with colleagues and industry professionals.

Newark Post: Panel debates pros, cons of TDC project
04/29/2014 -

Discussions on The Data Centers, LLC's proposed data center and 279-megawatt power plant for the University of Delaware STAR Campus continued Wednesday night during a “Teach-In” in Amy DuPont Hall hosted by the university's Sustainability Task Force. TDC engineer Rick Beringer, TDC Vice President of Business Development and Sales Brian Honish and Delaware Jobs Now lobbyist Jim Black faced off against Steve Hegedus, a scientist at UD's Institute of Energy Conversion, and Willet Kempton, a professor in UD's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as both sides argued the potential benefits and drawbacks of having the controversial facility in Newark. Beringer said building on the STAR Campus would involve redeveloping the former Chrysler site, which is considered a brownfield site and contains existing infrastructure TDC plans to utilize.

UDaily: Students explore "geologist's playground," gain field experience during spring break
04/29/2014 -

In California’s Death Valley, the weather challenge in early spring is not extreme heat; it’s the wind. Gusts at speeds of 60 miles per hour can burst through campsites, blowing over unoccupied tents and pelting the surroundings with sand.

“The dust storms toward evening were a little intense,” said geological sciences graduate student Daniel Hubacz, who experienced such conditions on a University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) field trip over spring break. “But other than that, it was great.”

UDaily: Foundation founder shares her experiences in community education
04/29/2014 -

Tanzania is a country known for its mining, agriculture, vast game reserves and tourism. What may be less known is that women in Tanzania face many challenges regarding education and health. One woman committed to addressing these challenges visited the University of Delaware this week to share her message with students, faculty, staff and friends.

UDaily: Gates Foundation funds civil engineering professor's novel wastewater treatment fabric
04/18/2014 -

Each year in India, waterborne diseases sicken approximately 37.7 million people. One and a half million children die of diarrhea alone, according to a report by WaterAid.

04/18/2014 -

Soybeans used to make tractor parts?  Vegan leather made out of chicken feathers?  If that sounds impossible, wait until Dr. Richard Wool tells you about the other amazing renewable materials he and his students are creating at his University of Delaware lab. Wool, a chemical engineer with a lilting accent from his Irish homeland, is on a mission to devise manufacturing materials without the negative environmental impact of plastics. He manipulates the molecular structure of renewable, biodegradable raw materials like plant fibers, into materials that can be used in a wide variety of everyday items. 

04/18/2014 -

To celebrate the 44th annual Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is holding a variety of public events.

“For more than 40 years, Earth Day has been a day to celebrate and promote conservation of our planet. For DNREC, our environmental conservation partners, and the many community groups and volunteers who support efforts to conserve our precious natural resources, Earth Day is every day,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “We hope all Delawareans will join us and celebrate Earth Day by pledging to take an action that will protect our planet– for instance, riding a bike to work rather than driving a car, taking reusable bags to the grocery store, planting a tree, or turning off a light when you leave the room.”

04/17/2014 -

Bringing a gas-fired power plant to the University of Delaware would nullify university pledges to reduce its carbon footprint, according to a campus task force on environmental concerns. The executive council of UD's Sustainability Taskforce this month sent an open letter to University President Patrick Harker, asking him to "more rigorously consider" the university's stated commitments to sustainability as it explores a proposed 279-megawatt plant as part of data center complex on its STAR campus in Newark.