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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Stormwater Management

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. To find out more about their progress and read about the student internships, please visit their web page.

http://www.udel.edu/water

Occupational Health and Safety

http://www.udel.edu/ohs

The University of Delaware’s Stormwater Management Program’s 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. Through the Department of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS), the University of Delaware coordinates the stormwater management program as directed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Over the past five years, stormwater management has included activities in the six areas required by National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) including: Public Education and Outreach, Public Participation/Involvement, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, Construction Site Runoff Control, Post Construction Runoff Control, and Pollution Prevention.

The following are just a few examples of the many accomplishments in the above categories:

Our vision for the future of the Stormwater program is to develop a culture on campus whereby all departments and campus community members incorporate best management practices into their operations. We believe this initiative will not only provide better water quality for future generations but will also create excellent educational experiences for our students at the University.

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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:
Visit the web site