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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Transportation

University of Delaware Supporting Services www.udel.edu/SuppSrvc/ is responsible for Transportation Services on campus. Following are some of the services that are available.

Mass Transit System

Transportation Services operates and manages a free shuttle bus system for the University community, running nine daytime routes, two evening and late night routes, and a Saturday shopping express. The shuttle bus rider counts between September and May of 2007 ranged from 84,000 to 101,000 passengers a month. More than 1 million rides are provided each year.

Car-Sharing Service Coming Soon

UD plans to retain a car-sharing company in 2008. Ideally, this car-sharing service would offer hybrid vehicles to the campus community. Research on car-sharing services indicates they reduce vehicle miles driven, increase usage of hybrid vehicles, and reduce pollution. http://www.ridesharedelaware.org/about/

Expansive Bike Path/Lane System

Numerous bike lanes have been expanded throughout the City of Newark and the University of Delaware campus, providing bicyclists safe lanes of travel. In addition the 1.5-mile James Hall Trail offers additional alternative transportation means to citizens and students. In 2010, the 1.5-mile Pomeroy Trail will be completed, further expanding pedestrian options.

Environmentally-Friendly Transportation

Electric Vehicles: The College of Marine and Earth Studies is testing electric cars with V2G, or vehicle to grid, capabilities.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus: In April 2007 a partnership between the Delaware Center for Transportation, the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering and other organizations produced the University’s first hydrogen fuel vehicle. This vehicle is being tested through by operating a standard campus bus route.

Hybrid Vehicles: The University added several hybrid vehicles to its fleet in 2007 and plans on adding more.

Carpooling

The University’s parking policies encourage carpooling by offering students and staff who form a carpool parking privileges in Gold permit areas. There is also a financial incentive as registered carpools of two spilt parking costs in half. Carpools of three or more spilt the permit cost further and receive an additional 10% discount. Need more information? See www.udel.edu/PublicSafetly/carpools.htm

Feedback

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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