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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

10/21/2011 -

CONTACT: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Delaware moves to the head of the class on grid interconnection
Vote Solar Institute cites state’s leadership on connecting clean energy

DOVER (Oct. 21, 2011) – The Vote Solar Institute has moved Delaware to “the head of the class” when it comes to connecting renewable resources to the grid in the 2011 edition of its report, “Freeing the Grid”. Delaware was one of three states to earn an “A” grade for both net metering and interconnection policies that support renewable resources such as wind and solar energy, with the report ranking its policies “among the strongest in the country.”
Under Governor Jack Markell’s leadership, Delaware adopted a progressive net-metering law with strong bipartisan support in 2010 (Senate Bill 267, sponsored by Senators Harris McDowell and Gary Simpson and Representatives Dennis Williams and Michael Mulrooney) that makes it easier for utility customers to sell excess renewable energy to the grid.
Delaware is adopting leading-edge interconnection policies that allow small renewable resources to connect to the grid without requiring redundant and restrictive review from PJM Interconnection, the regional grid manager. The Vote Solar report praised the state’s collaboration with local electrical utilities along with the efforts of the Public Service Commission to implement model interconnection standards.

10/20/2011 -

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Brett Taylor, DelDOT Public Affairs, 302-760-2492
Delaware partners with Northeast states to promote use of electric vehicles
Newly announced $1 million federal grant to support collaboration’s first project

DOVER (Oct. 20, 2011) – A partnership of Northeast states and jurisdictions including Delaware has just finalized an agreement to develop an electric vehicle network to promote and support energy-efficient transportation in the region – and a newly-announced grant of nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will kick start the new network’s first project.
The Northeast Electric Vehicle Network agreement involves Delaware and nine other states – Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont – plus the District of Columbia. Through the agreement, the partnership is committed to boosting economic growth, maintaining the region’s leadership role in the clean energy economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on oil by planning transportation infrastructure to support vehicles using fuel sources such as electric, biofuels and natural gas.

10/18/2011 -

Contact: Jack Hoban, Delaware Coastal Cleanup coordinator, DNREC Public Affairs, at 302-739-9902
September’s Coastal Cleanup draws more than 2,200 volunteers, collects more than 10 tons of trash and recyclables
DOVER (Oct. 18, 2011) – This year’s Delaware Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 17 drew 2,222 volunteers, who collected 10.7 tons of trash from more than 40 sites along more than 80 miles of Delaware’s waterways and coastline stretching from Wilmington to Fenwick Island. This year, nearly 4 tons of that trash was recycled, including about 1.7 tons of tires and hundreds of aluminum cans and glass and plastic beverage containers.
“Thanks to everyone who supported the cleanup,” said Governor Jack Markell. “This proves that when we work together, we can make a positive impact on our environment. Thanks to the many hands of volunteers, more than 10 tons of trash has been recycled or properly disposed of instead of littering our beautiful beaches.”

Science Café fall series: Innovation, ancient life, and robotics will be explored at informal gatherings
10/14/2011 -

10:12 a.m., Oct. 14, 2011--The Science, Ethics and Public Policy Program (SEPP) at the University of Delaware kicks off this year’s Science Café program with a presentation on Monday, Oct. 31, entitled “What Business Does a University Have Marketing Inventions?” The event will be held 5:30-7 p.m. at the Deer Park Tavern, 108 W. Main St., in Newark. Konrad Kmetz, a consultant for the Technology Transfer Center, and Gary Simon, a business analyst for the Delaware Small Business and Technology Development Center, both part of UD’s Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships, will speak at the event.

Campus sustainability institute: Sharing what works to make college campuses more sustainable
10/12/2011 -

The University of Delaware’s Sustainability Task Force has announced the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Regional Institute on Sustainability in Higher Education as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability. The one-day institute will be held on Friday, Nov. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3p.m., at the Perkins Student Center on the University’s Newark campus.

Designed to foster collaboration and information sharing among colleges and universities in the region, the institute will feature keynote speaker Debra Rowe, president of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, who will also be available throughout the day for consultation.

Coast Day 2011:  Thousands visit UD's Hugh R. Sharp Campus to celebrate Delaware's coast
10/12/2011 -

The promise of seafood, lectures, ship tours, kids’ activities and science demonstrations drew thousands of people to the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus for Coast Day. The event, sponsored by UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, was held Sunday, Oct. 2.

“It was delightful to see so many people having fun while they learned about the work we do,” said Nancy Targett, CEOE dean and Delaware Sea Grant director.

A 35-year tradition, Coast Day lets visitors learn more about the state’s ocean and coastal resources as well as the work of CEOE researchers, Delaware Sea Grant, and their many partners. (full article)

Students cited:  Coast Day essay and video contest winners recognized
10/12/2011 -

The winners of two Coast Day contests for Delaware school kids were honored during a ceremony at the University of Delaware event, held Sunday, Oct. 2, at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.

Coast Day, sponsored by UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, highlights the role of coastal resources in benefiting public health, supporting the economy, and providing for everyday needs. With that in mind, both contests asked students to reflect on this year’s theme, “It’s About You,” and explore what they like most about Delaware’s coast and propose ideas for protecting it.

Shea Sweeney, a student in Marilyn Vallejo’s class at St. Ann School in Wilmington, took first prize in the Fifth-Grade Essay Contest. She wrote about the Brandywine River and ways to protect it. (full article)

Lawns and water quality:  UD professors gear up for study on lawns, water quality and ecosystem services
10/07/2011 -

Taking a fresh look at water quality management, a University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) research team is studying how the replacement of urban lawns with more diverse vegetation can help protect the environment and make our landscapes more sustainable.

The researchers have been awarded a $595,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and will be working at the Winterthur Gardens on their project.

Shreeram Inamdar, CANR associate professor of plant and soil sciences, is the principal investigator and the research team includes Doug Tallamy, chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology; Susan Barton, associate professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and a Cooperative Extension specialist; Jules Bruck, assistant professor of landscape horticulture and design; and Joshua Duke, professor in the Department of Food and Resource Economics. (full article)

09/28/2011 -

For more information, contact Michelle Jacobs, Community Relations Officer, 302-535-7627, or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
DOVER (Sept. 28, 2011) – The 17th season of the Delaware Envirothon, sponsored by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts, will begin with its first training workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Blackbird State Forest, just north of Smyrna. The second training workshop will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Delaware Department of Agriculture, in Dover. The final training workshop will be held on a Saturday in January, 2012, at the St. Jones Reserve in Dover.
The Delaware Envirothon provides challenging environmental education and hands-on instruction, correlated to state education standards, to participating teams of high school age students. Throughout the year students learn about the resource topics of Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Wildlife, Air Quality, and a sixth topic that changes each year. The topic for 2012 is Nonpoint Source Pollution – Low Impact Development.

Nutrient management:  CANR holds symposium addressing global nutrient management issues
09/27/2011 -

The University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources hosted the fourth international symposium focusing on “Global Issues in Nutrient Management: Science, Technology and Policy,” from Aug. 21-24. Previous symposia were held in the Netherlands and China, hosted by Wageningnen University and China Agricultural University.

The international symposium addressed global issues and trends in nutrient management and focused on how agricultural management practices, technological advances and global or regional policies affect both nutrient use efficiency in the food chain and the quality of the environment in different parts of the world. More than 100 participants from six different countries attended the symposium.

Themes of the symposium included worldwide challenges in the management of nutrients to produce a safe and secure food supply while protecting the quality of the global environment; a focus on current issues and trends in nutrient management in China, the European Union and the United States; advances in nutrient management science and technology and the adaptation of recent innovations to meet global needs; and developing national and international policies for nutrient management in today’s rapidly changing global economy. (full article)