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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Research in sustainability at UD

The University of Delaware is at the forefront in research and scholarship on a variety of topics related to sustainability. Across its seven colleges through formally established institutes, centers, and agencies, to more loosely organized groups of faculty and students integrating their research to address common themes, the UD community is committed to furthering the knowledge base upon which sustainable practices can be developed. Some of the highlights of on-going UD research and scholarly efforts include:

The newly formed University of Delaware Energy Institute serves as a focal point for energy-related research, education and outreach at UD. It serves as the umbrella organization for all energy-related groups across campus, including the Institute of Energy Conversion, the Fuel Cell Research Laboratory, the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, and groups interested in offshore wind energy, ocean current energy and vehicle-to-grid technology.

Researching Sustainability Issues at the Morris Library

The University of Delaware Library has resources and librarians to help with research.

The Morris Library provides a dedicated entry into DELCAT, the Library’s catalog; e-journals; and online resources.

Visit the Morris Library Sustainability Research page

For further assistance, please contact one of the University of Delaware Library specialists:

Engineering:Tom Melvin, Associate Librarian or Cathy Wojewodzki, Librarian

Government information and statistics:Rebecca Knight, Associate Librarian

Physical and life sciences: Fritz Getze, Associate Librarian or Cathy Wojewodzki, Librarian

Public Policy:Michael Gutiérrez, Senior Assistant Librarian

Faculty within the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, and Marine and Earth Studies are actively engaged in research related to the impact of unsustainable and sustainable practices on the environment, the development of more efficient usage of existing energy sources, and the research and implementation of sustainable energy technologies including solar and wind power.

Within the College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy, Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies faculty and students are engaged in “fashioning social responsibility.” They recently sponsored a lecture series devoted to the theme of social responsibility and sustainability.