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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: ISE Lab impact - Faculty, students featured in video share how ISE Lab is making its mark at UD
03/05/2014 -

The story of the University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab), as told by those whose lives have greatly benefited from the new facility, is featured in a new video produced by University Media Services and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

“We wanted to capture the spirit of the building, which is seen and heard in the students and faculty who are learning, teaching and researching within it,” says Chris Sweeney, associate director of donor relations.

03/04/2014 -

After getting approval from council Monday night, the city can now move forward with its newest plan to make Newark a more bicycle-friendly community over the next several years.Two years in the ma

03/04/2014 -

Thousands of miles of water run through Delaware, in creeks and streams and rivers and bays, and very little of it is considered healthy. Nearly all of the state's rivers and streams – 94 percent, the highest amount in the region – are so bad that fish can't thrive. In 85 percent of them, Delawareans can't swim. Exempt from these dubious distinctions: the 24-mile Delaware Ocean coast and the Delaware Bay shore. Many days, Delawareans look out over the state's waters and see only calm and beauty. But the problem of dirty water is real, a product of dangerous toxins, unsanitary runoff and destructive deposits creeping in unseen. If left untouched, Delaware runs the risk of endangering its drinking water supplies, leaving fish caught in state waters too contaminated to eat and losing a multimillion dollar tourism industry built on a promise of clean, clear water.

03/04/2014 -

The Newark Board of Adjustment has set a March 19 special meeting to hear the appeals of a city zoning decision permitting a gas-fired power plant as part of a data center at the former Chrysler site. Due to high public interest in the matter, the city has reserved Newark High School’s auditorium to accommodate a large crowd, officials said. Two appeals are pending before the board, which hears and decides appeals involving interpretation of Newark’s zoning code.

UDaily:  Earth Week planning - University community invited to help plan Earth Week 2014
02/28/2014 -

The University of Delaware community is invited to join the Earth Week Working Group at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, in the Perkins Student Center West Lounge to learn more about the plans currently in the works for this year’s Earth Week celebration.

The planning committee invites University students, faculty and staff to propose and spearhead additional programs that celebrate sustainability in the spirit of Earth Day.

UDaily: Wind initiative - Offshore wind initiative will work at intersections of government, industry, NGOs
02/26/2014 -

The University of Delaware will steer the way toward making offshore wind turbines a reality in the United States through a new initiative announced today at a major industry conference. 

The Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, housed at the University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, will serve as an independent catalyst for offshore wind development and add momentum to a promising industry that is at a critical juncture.

UDaily: Di Toro appointed - National Research Council names Di Toro to environmental studies board
02/25/2014 -

The University of Delaware’s Dominic Di Toro has been appointed a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST).

Di Toro, Edward C. Davis Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a joint appointment in oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, will serve a three-year term in this role.

A part of the National Academies’ Division on Earth and Life Studies, BEST is the principal study unit on pollution problems affecting human health and the environment. The 23-member BEST board advises the federal government about science and technology matters affecting public policy on important environmental and ecological problems.

UDaily: Brazil symposium - UD sets symposium on global challenges in agriculture, environment, energy
02/20/2014 -

symposium highlighting the global impact of work by University of Delaware and Brazilian faculty, graduate students and undergraduate interns will be held May 21-22 at the Trabant University Center on the UD campus in Newark.

Widely considered one of the world’s most important emerging and developing countries, Brazil has one of the largest and fastest growing agricultural economies in the world and is a major U.S. trade partner.

UDaily: EV charging station expansion - UD, state partner to create electric vehicle charging station network
02/20/2014 -

Charging stations for electric vehicles will be strategically placed at key locations in Delaware to enable long trips in the state by next year, through a new collaborative research agreement between the University of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

UD researchers are in the process of determining the most effective locations for charging stations, and they will assist in equipment installation and analyze station usage when the stations become operational. This new infrastructure will support greater use of electric vehicles, which do not release air pollution or carbon dioxide, unlike their gasoline-fueled counterparts. 

02/19/2014 -

A federal energy-efficiency program has signaled support for the type of cogeneration technology proposed for the data center at the former Chrysler site in Newark, saying that the project's waste-heat recovery features could help the plant produce energy with less pollution than conventional operations. An official with the Environmental Protection Agency's Combined Heat and Power Partnership said in a letter that the plan has the potential to significantly reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur and carbon dioxides, compared with traditional power plants.