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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

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.

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.”