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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The Senior Class Gift: A Commitment to Sustainability

UD students with President Harker at Carbon Footprint Inventory Announcement

Senior Class Gift Committee and President Harker at the announcement of the Carbon Footprint Study. 04/10/08

The University of Delaware has a long history of producing leading-edge research and scholarship—from creating more effective alternative energy technologies to contributing to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Although it is important to acknowledge past environmental successes and efforts, it is equally important to recognize that collectively, as a University, we can and must do more to reduce our environmental impact. This year the University of Delaware, under the direction of John Byrne, will complete a Carbon Footprint Study funded by the 2008 Senior Class gift. By selecting this as the senior class gift, the Class of 2008 will make a very real contribution to the future of the University and the world.

About the Footprint

Carbon footprint studies or emission inventories consist of a comprehensive listing of greenhouse gas emissions by source and the air pollutant emissions in a specific geographic area and specific time periods. All calculations and estimates will be based on established and internationally recognized scientific methods.

Under the Carbon Footprint study, Dr. John Byrne and the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, in coordination with an advisory team, will be responsible for completing the comprehensive study to determine the total extent of greenhouse gas emissions and to identify viable, cost-effective strategies for reducing GHG emissions. The Carbon Footprint will offer a clear, practical path toward creating a more sustainable University of Delaware.

Many universities across the country have pledged to complete a carbon inventory or “footprint” study as part of their obligation under the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). By completing this carbon footprint within a year, the University of Delaware will not only demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, but also will join an elite group of higher education institutions pursuing answers to environmental challenges through research, action and engagement.