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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Recycling: Under Development

The University is currently evaluating how to improve it's recycling operations.

The University of Delaware contains an extensive recycling network, providing the campus community—faculty, students and staff—the ability to recycle a range of material. Recycling containers are available at residence, dining and administrative buildings.

This network enabled the University to recycle more than 630 tons of material in 2007. Without including construction debris, the University had a diversion rate of 17.6% in 2007.

Approximately 98% of the University’s campus landscape waste is composted or recycled into mulch. Landscaping Services generates 500 to 600 cubic feet of mulch annually from landscape debris. All fall leaf debris is sent to the City of Newark’s leaf dump to be composted into organic matter and is made available for the city and its’ residents.

Transportation and Delivery Services recycled 48 tons in 2006 of Computer Equipment and 62 tons in 2005. In addition to computers, Transportation and Delivery Services manages the recycling of surplus office equipment. Surplus items are made available to purchase to other departments. If not sold within a reasonable time period, items are disposed to a scrap yard. No items are added to the landfill.

Delaware Solid Waste Authority

In addition to the University’s own recycling network, the Delaware Solid Waste Authority offers a curbside single-stream recycling service to all Delaware residents (no separating your recyclables), including off-campus students.

Sign up for single stream through DSWA

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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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