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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Suggestions

Waste

The Clean Air Council, which works to help people in Delaware and Pennsylvania reduce the amount of waste they produce, offers the following recommendations to reduce waste:

  • Put someone in the house in charge of waste reduction.
  • Use items such as Tupperware instead of plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
  • Use sponges and cloths instead of paper towels and tissues for cleaning up spills and housekeeping.
  • Use a reusable lunch box instead of brown paper bags.
  • Buy food, detergent, etc. in bulk/concentrate whenever possible to cut down on packaging.
  • Use the back of paper as scrap for grocery lists, etc.
  • Get off junk mail lists by requesting a name removal card from:
    Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735
  • Don't bag grass clippings--leave it on the lawn, its good for the grass.
  • Repair old household items rather than throwing them away.
  • Avoid disposables--juice boxes, paper cups/plates, razors, plastic ware.
  • Give away rather than throw away books, clothes, furniture, etc. to friends, charities, or second hand stores.
  • Avoid products with wasteful packaging when shopping.
  • Start a compost heap with food and yard waste.

  • Use reusable, rather than disposable products.
  • Use recycled products and ones with recycled packaging.
  • Purchase products that are durable and less toxic to the environment.
  • Reconsider waste producing activities.
  • Express preferences for less wasteful/environmentally friendly products to businesses that you patronize.