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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

03/09/2012 -

The University of Delaware’s Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), an industry-wide group of leading apparel retailers, suppliers, manufacturers, academics and non-governmental organizations formed in 2011 to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products.

03/09/2012 -

Carrie Parry, a student in the graduate certificate program in the University of Delaware’s Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, recently won the Green Fashion Competition at Amsterdam International Fashion Week (AIFW). Parry used her courses at UD to develop a sustainable fashion business strategy, and launched her line last year.

April 18: Plastic Day  Working group talk, film, discussion begin Earth Week activities
03/09/2012 -

Are our lives too plastic? That will be the question of the day on Wednesday, April 18, when the Environmental Humanities Working Group in the College of Arts and Sciences sponsors a talk and a movie about plastic, the material that defines so much of modern life.

Both events, which kick off the University's Earth Week activities, are free and open to the public.

At 12:15 p.m., in Multipurpose Room A of the Trabant University Center, author Susan Freinkel will talk about her book Plastic: A Toxic Love Story. In the second event of the day, the documentary film Bag It will be shown at 7 p.m. in 127 Memorial Hall. Freinkel's book explores society's troubled relationship with plastic, while Bag It is the story of a man who becomes obsessed with figuring out the complex consequences of the use of plastic.

Environmental ed:  Delaware Association for Environmental Education holds conference
03/08/2012 -

More than 70 educators and representatives from local and state environmental agencies recently gathered in Lewes, Del., to attend the third annual conference of Delaware Association for Environmental Education (DAEE). The conference, which was held Feb. 25 at the Officer’s Club in Cape Henlopen State Park, celebrated the theme “Turning the Tide Toward Environmental Education.”

The daylong conference opened with a keynote address from Tom Horton, an award-winning environmental educator and writer. A variety of educational sessions and field trips followed, including an outing to UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.

03/07/2012 -

The University of Delaware Sustainability Task Force has announced that UD has joined the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Consequently, all UD administrators, faculty, staff and students are entitled to full membership benefits.

03/07/2012 -

Sarah W. Cooksey, administrator of DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs, has been named to the National Academy of Sciences’ Division of Earth & Life Studies’ Ocean Studies Board.

Ms. Cooksey joins a board that is actively engaged in many ocean science issues such as a review of the scientific ocean drilling program, ocean acidification, and assessing the requirements for ocean monitoring and observations. Cooksey’s role on the board will guide research to pressing ocean and coastal management needs.

“Sarah is widely recognized as a national leader in marine science and ocean policy. She will be the perfect ambassador for Delaware and all of the coastal states that she represents on the Ocean Studies Board,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara.

Beauty and horror:  Environmental author Terry Tempest Williams finds beauty in the midst of devastation
03/07/2012 -

From the devastation of disasters such as last year’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami or accidents such as the Gulf oil spill or human brutality such as the Rwandan genocide, beauty can emerge, environmental author and activist Terry Tempest Williams told an audience of about 250 at Mitchell Hall last week.

Williams spoke on campus as part of the DENIN Dialogue Lecture Series, hosted by the Delaware Environmental Institute. She was interviewed on stage by McKay Jenkins, Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English and co-director of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Environmental Humanities Initiative.

Williams is the author of the environmental classic Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place and a dozen other books that touch on themes of environmental destruction and preservation and the power of community and storytelling to overcome the barriers to constructive dialogue about environmental issues.

Seeds of progress:  Delaware EPSCoR announces 2012 seed grant recipients
03/07/2012 -

The Delaware EPSCoR program has awarded seven seed grants to University of Delaware faculty whose projects address current environmental issues within the state.

EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, is a federal grant program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) that helps states develop their research capabilities so that they may compete for further federal funding.

Seed grants are typically in the $50,000 range and help researchers set the stage for applications to larger federal funding programs. Seed grant proposals are solicited annually during the fall semester. The selections were made by a committee of five senior faculty affiliated with the Delaware EPSCoR program and two external reviewers representing the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

03/05/2012 -

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, the first full-length documentary film to explore the life of legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, will be presented at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, in 006 Kirkbride Hall on the University of Delaware’s Newark campus. The screening is free and open to the public.

The film follows Leopold’s life in the early part of the 20th century and the many ways his ideas shaped the conservation movement and continues to be applied all over the world today.

NSF Highlight: Oceans acidifying faster today than in past 300 million years
03/01/2012 -

The oceans may be acidifying faster today than they did in the last 300 million years, according to scientists publishing a paper this week in the journal Science.

"What we're doing today really stands out in the geologic record," says lead author Bärbel Hönisch, a paleoceanographer at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. "We know that life during past ocean acidification events was not wiped out--new species evolved to replace those that died off. But if industrial carbon emissions continue at the current pace, we may lose organisms we care about--coral reefs, oysters, salmon."