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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

CANR researchers promote native plants for suburban lawns
10/05/2010 -

University of Delaware entomologist Doug Tallamy has been conducting research studies on the interaction between native plant species and native wildlife since 2000. Author of Bringing Nature Home, which met with critical acclaim in The New York Times and other publications, Tallamy is well aware that most suburban homeowners plant few shrubs and trees, preferring instead vast expanses of grass.

But his latest research, conducted this summer with Jules Bruck, assistant professor of landscape design in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in UD's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, amazed even him. The duo analyzed the composition of 65 suburban yards in New Castle County and Chester County, Pa. They discovered that, on average, homeowners dedicated 92 percent of landscapable areas to lawn.

Innovative solutions focus of Energy and Sustainability conference
09/30/2010 -

More than 350 faculty, staff, students and citizens turned out Sept 23-25 to hear diverse and innovative solutions to today's energy problems at the University of Delaware's annual student-run Energy and Sustainability 2010 conference.

Attendees to the program, held at both the Trabant University Center and Clayton Hall, enjoyed presentations from 27 speakers and 35 posters representing well over 26 organizations.

Conservation International expert continues DENIN Dialogue Series
09/30/2010 -

Michael P. Totten, chief adviser on energy, climate and green technology at the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB) of Conservation International, will be the featured speaker in the DENIN Dialogue Series on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., in Mitchell Hall.

The DENIN Dialogue Series is a semiannual lecture series sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) that brings experts of international renown in environmental research and policy to address the public at UD's Newark campus. Totten's presentation will be podcast on DENIN's iTunes U site following the lecture.

09/25/2010 -

News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Vol. 40, No. 332
Contact: Stewart Lovell, DNREC Water Supply Section, 302-739-9945; or Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.                                
(DOVER , Sept. 24, 2010) –Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara is asking state residents to voluntarily conserve water due to the continued dry conditions that have persisted throughout Delaware. Precipitation levels throughout the state have been below normal for the past six months.

Charter School of Wilmington team takes second place at 2010 Canon Envirothon
09/24/2010 -

Students from the Charter School of Wilmington in Wilmington, Del., took second place and received individual scholarships totaling $20,000 at the Canon Envirothon, North America's largest high school environmental education competition, held in August at California State University in Fresno. A total of 500,000 teenagers participated in the competition, which began at the state and regional level and was progressively narrowed to the 270 teenagers who competed at the national level.

09/24/2010 -

Thomas Hanson, associate professor of marine biology and biochemistry at the University of Delaware, has received a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) German Academic Exchange Service award that will support his sabbatical visit to an institute in Braunschweig, Germany.

He has traveled to Germany to learn new techniques in understanding the role of previously un-cultured environmentally relevant microbes.

Hanson will be the guest of Prof. Jörg Overmann, the director of the Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganism und Zellkulturen GmbH (DSMZ) -- a world-class center for the isolation, culture and maintenance of microorganisms as pure cultures.

Turbine, composting help make Coast Day green
09/24/2010 -

It's a beloved Delaware tradition that provides educational, fun, and family-friendly activities related to the ocean and coast. And once again, Coast Day is being organized to have minimal environmental effects.

A free event now in its 34th year, Coast Day will be held Sunday, Oct. 3, rain or shine, at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. It is sponsored by the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program.

“Coast Day emphasizes the value of our coastal and marine resources and highlights how the research done in our college benefits those resources,” said Nancy Targett, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and Delaware Sea Grant director. “Making the event environmentally friendly is a great way to support those efforts and to lead by example.”

Car sharing comes to UD with Zipcar partnership
09/23/2010 -

Today the University of Delaware is launching a new partnership with Zipcar Inc., to provide the campus with access to the world's leading car-sharing service. The cost-effective and convenient transportation option is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students, faculty, and staff members, ages 18 and older.

Zipcar is an environmentally friendly transportation alternative that takes 15 to 20 privately owned vehicles off the road.

Gas, 180 miles per day, insurance, reserved parking spots and roadside assistance are included in the hourly and daily Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as short as an hour or for up to four days. Rates on all University of Delaware vehicles start as low as $8 per hour and $66 per day (24 hours).

Delaware Tech receives NSF grant to support advanced technology education
09/22/2010 -

Delaware Technical and Community College has been awarded a three-year, $878,000 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide support for undergraduate research and faculty mentors at the college. The grant from NSF’s Advanced Technological Education program is the third in 10 years that DTCC has received to support its biotechnology program.

09/21/2010 -

Environmental pollution, an increasingly obese population and a growing number of senior citizens. This week, a special two-day conference, “Sustainable Delaware 2010,” will look at how to design walkable, healthy and sustainable communities to address these major issues facing America today.

“Sustainable Delaware 2010,” scheduled Sept. 22 at the Virden Center in Lewes and Sept. 24 at Clayton Hall in Newark, is looking at the topic of sustainability from three perspectives: land use pattern reform, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.

Sponsored by the AIA Delaware, in partnership with UD's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, Delaware Sea Grant College Program and several other organizations, the conference is involving design professionals in a variety of areas from architecture to landscape design to historic preservation to public policy. Leading scientists, designers, planners and policy makers are expected to attend.