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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Procurement

The University of Delaware has a history of purchasing energy efficient products and services; identifying innovative ways to minimize waste in contracts, and contributing to the development of environmentally-friendly products through research.

The University has purchased energy-efficient washing machines and partnered with Office Max to reduce the amount of packaging produced for deliveries to the campus. These efforts and others like them have reduced waste and cut costs while meeting performance expectations.

The University's Campaign for Responsible Purchasing seeks to increase the number of environmentally-preferable purchases by educating the University community on environmentally-friendly purchasing, expanding access to environmental products through the web-base buying tool, GREEN UDMART , and engaging major university vendors on the importance of environmentally-friendly products and services. The University's Green Purchasing Guidelines provide guidance on how to incorporate environmental considerations into purchasing decisions for faculty, staff and students. You can review the University's Green Purchasing Guidelines, or review Six Steps to Green Purchasing

Learn more about environmentally-friendly purchasing at: http://www.epa.gov/epp/

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The University of Delaware has joined other colleges and universities in supporting these two sustainability initiatives:

Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future/Talloires Declaration: View a .pdf (20kb)

American University and Presidents Climate Commitment:
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