The ocean's powerful winds make the coast an ideal location for a wind turbine. Ironically, it's that ocean air that presents a challenge to any turbine on or near the sea. The moist, salty air combined with a turbine's metallic materials can result in corrosion, a destructive process able to bring any power-generating source to a halt.

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The University of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) have created a new avenue to connect science with resource management by launching a series of workshops where environmental academicians and regulators can share current research and discuss research needs.

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Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will be the featured speaker in the DENIN Dialogue Series at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, in Clayton Hall.

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The University of Delaware Sustainability Task Force is seeking two undergraduate students and two graduate students to join the task force co-chairs -- John Madsen and Kathleen Kerr -- at the ACPA Sustainability Institute in Boulder, Colo.

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Creating environmentally friendly high technology jobs for Delawareans was the focus of the "Creating the Clean Energy Economy" conference, held Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 13-14, at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall.

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What we're doing for sustainability at UD

Energy Conservation and Efficiency

Sustainable LandscapingThrough the Facilities unit, the University of Delaware implements conservation and efficiency efforts. Facilities hold energy conservation meetings to identify projects that can improve conservation and efficiency across campus buildings. These projects are funded by an Energy Conservation Reserve Fund, in which funds are dedicated solely to the energy efficiency and conservation projects identified by facilities personnel.

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Recycling

Sustainable LandscapingThe University of Delaware contains an extensive recycling network, providing the campus communityfaculty, students and staffthe ability to recycle a range of material. Recycling containers are available at residence, dining and administrative buildings.

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Dining Services

Sustainable LandscapingUD Dining Services is involved in a number of initiatives related to sustainability, including an annual national recycling competition called RecycleMania. Whether reducing water usage in dishwashing or finding ways to minimize food waste, Dining Services is working with the Campus community to develop sustainable practices that work.

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Morris Library

Sustainable LandscapingThe University of Delaware Library works collaboratively with many others at the University to operate in a sustainable manner, and to encourage action on the part of all library users including students, faculty and staff. The Library is a leader in provision of electronic information.

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Information Technology

Sustainable LandscapingGreenIT is about how our IT activities individually and collectively affect the earth, and how we can be part of changing course. The University's GreenIT page is a forum for raising your awareness of sustainability issues in IT, offering tangible steps to reduce the carbon footprint of your IT activities, and locating other green initiatives in higher education.

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Transportation

Sustainable LandscapingThe University of Delaware has a history of purchasing energy efficient products and identifying innovative ways to minimize waste in contracts. With the goal of building upon past successes, the University is currently in the process of developing Green Purchasing Guidelines.

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Procurement

Sustainable LandscapingUnder the leadership of the Procurement Services unit, the University of Delaware has consistently purchased energy efficient products and identified innovative ways to minimize waste. In an effort to build on past successes and as part of the Path to Prominence's Initiative for the Planet, the campus community has adopted Green Purchasing Guidelines to increase the number of environmentally-preferable products and services procured by the University. See the Six Steps. of Sustainable Purchasing

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Graphic Communications Center and Office of Publications

Sustainable LandscapingGCC provides the campus community with graphic communication services. This includes offering printing and copying services. GCC has incorporated the following practices into its everyday business practices to minimize negative environmental impacts

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Sustainable Landscaping

Sustainable LandscapingThe University of Delaware is committed to creating landscapes that are beautiful and sustainable. Sustainable landscaping is the science and art of growing or managing a landscape following the essential principles of soil building and conservation, pest management, and native or heritage species and preservation.

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Stormwater Management

Sustainable Landscaping The University of Delawares Stormwater Management Programs main function is to ultimately decrease the quantity while increasing the quality of stormwater runoff from the campus properties. This goal is achieved in many ways and is an ongoing endeavor that involves synergistic efforts among several key Colleges and Departments on campus as well as the City of Newark to ensure that optimum performance results are achieved. UD WATER (Watershed Action Team for Ecological Restoration) is a new, university-wide project, conducted in collaboration with the City of Newark, which seeks to develop and implement management measures to mitigate the stormwater runoff problems facing UD and the City.

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