The mission of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) is to conduct research and coordinate partnerships that integrate environmental science, engineering, and policy in order to provide solutions and strategies that address environmental challenges. DENIN serves as an advocate for sustained strength and vitality in pioneering environmental research. The institute focuses on research areas relevant to the challenges facing the state and the nation, and institute research informs decision makers by providing the knowledge that can help create sound environmental policies.
DENIN fosters a culture of scholarship that leverages the combined talents of affiliates and fellows through collaborative working groups, joint proposal development, and project resource coordination.
The institute's goals are to initiate interdisciplinary research projects; support interdisciplinary academic programs; forge partnerships among government agencies, nonprofits, industry, policymakers, and the public to address environmental concerns; and coordinate and sponsor signature events and programs that provide opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction.
Donald L. Sparks, Director
DENIN is excited to announce a yearlong series of events: "Challenges and Choices: Preparing for a Sustainable Future in Delaware."
Throughout 2013, we will be scheduling lectures, films, seminars, symposia, and field trips that explore the grand challenges that our state and others must address to ensure long-term sustainability of our ecosystem and human well-being:
Sea Level Rise and Extreme Weather • Food and Water Security • Land Use • Energy
Check the Challenges and Choices webpage frequently for the most up-to-date information on upcoming events!
The next event in our Challenges and Choices series is a career-oriented workshop, "How Sustainability Drives DuPont—and Vice Versa," on Thursday, May 2, at 4:00 p.m. in room 102, Delaware Biotechnology Institute. If you've ever wondered how a commitment to sustainability and the corporate bottom line could coexist, come hear what DuPont's Bill Bailey has to say. He and other DuPont employees who have contributed to sustainable practices at the company want to meet you! See the event webpage for more.
Congratulations to grand prize winners Jaclyn Feminella and Tony Narisi and runner-up Melissa Morrison and the Down to Earth Food Co-op in the DENIN Student Programs Committee's "Challenges and Choices" student video competition! See the winning videos on DENIN's Facebook page.
DENIN Director Don Sparks is now a blogger on the Huffington Post! You can find his latest post and an archive of past entries here.