Go Green!

A tree grows in Bethany Beach

In honor of Arbor Day and to celebrate Bethany Beach’s recognition as a “Tree City USA,” about 20 area children helped plant a willow oak tree on the grounds of the Bethany Beach Nature Center on April 30.

Farmers offered resources for solar technology upgrades

Farmers who want to learn more about solar technology and determine if it is something they want to explore further can check out the Solar Technology and Resources Guide, which was developed by the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA). The guide is a resource designed to assist agricultural entities in understanding all that goes into a solar project and how to make it happen.

The Dirt--Pot ABCs (No, not that kind)

It’s time! You’ve got pots, planters, window boxes, whiskey barrels and hanging baskets sitting there, waiting for you. There’s no excuse for leaving them empty when container culture is one of the easiest ways to enjoy flowers.

Plate Catering, Good Earth offering locavore dinner series

Diners can’t seem to get enough of local cuisine prepared onsite and served in a natural setting, based on the success of Rehoboth Beach restaurateur Matt Haley’s Outstanding in the Field dinner last summer as part of From the Farm, a collaboration between Haley’s Plate Catering and Good Earth Market & Organic Farm.

AAA makes its top ‘green’ vehicle picks for Earth Day

With the price of gasoline nearing the $4 per gallon threshold at a growing number of self-serve kiosks across the country and region, would-be auto buyers can save gas (translation: money) and go green at the same time while signing on the dotted line for a “green vehicle.”

Berlin cleans up with pride

Despite chilly temperatures and the threat of rain, more than 125 volunteers joined Grow Berlin Green (GBG) and the Town of Berlin, Md., on Saturday morning, April 16, for the third annual Take Pride in Berlin Spring Clean Up Day.

Carper touts energy-efficient vehicles

With the price of oil continuing to rise, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) recently showcased a new energy-efficient vehicle that he said would reduce pollution and help save Delawareans money at the gas pump.

Golf club goes green

Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club on April 15, held an open house to showcase the club’s new solar operations, which were installed by renewable-energy company Flexera.

County breaks ground on EOC solar farm

Sussex County Council members, state representatives and federal dignitaries, along with members of the Flexera team, were on hand this week for the groundbreaking for what will be the largest ground-mounted solar farm in Sussex County.

Next Step students making difference in environment

There are an immense number of ways people can help the environment, from recycling to carpooling, and many already practice several of these eco-friendly choices. The same goes for the youth at Next Step Learning Center in Selbyville, where students have been doing their part through the Roots and Shoots Club, raising money and awareness for sea turtle rescue, beach cleaning efforts and more, just in time for Earth Day, which comes around this Friday, April 22.

Funds for Friends event to benefit terrapins

Looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day this year? On Thursday, April 21, 10 percent of all proceeds from the Greene Turtle Restaurants in Ocean City and Salisbury, Md., and Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, Del., will go to the Center for the Inland Bays, in support of their Terrapin Education and Rescue Program (TERP).

The Dirt: I didn't mean to go green

(Or, ‘How I got into biological warfare’)

This is a story with a happy ending.

Bluewater Wind wins right to wind farm lease

On March 24, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Collin O’Mara, along with Ned Farquhar of the U.S. Department of Interior, announced that NRG Bluewater Wind has been granted the exclusive right to negotiate a lease with the federal government to build an wind farm off the coast of Rehoboth Beach.

A surplus of confusion with new recycling law

On a nondescript morning in March, I was beckoned into the home office by my husband, Daren.

New CSA offering fresh Fifer produce to community

For another option in the burgeoning community supported agriculture, or CSA, movement, produce-conscious consumers can turn to Fifer Orchards out of Camden-Wyoming, just west of Dover. Fifer Orchards also has a presence in Dewey Beach on Route 1.

Suppliers to eliminate dry cleaning chemical from drinking water

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn and two of the state’s water suppliers announced this week that the water suppliers would install systems to effectively remove tetrachloroethylene, a chemical used in dry cleaning, from their drinking water.

Scholarship offered to forestry and enviro science students

One $1,000 college scholarship and three $500 summer camp sponsorships are available to Delaware students pursuing studies in forestry and environmental science. The nonprofit Delaware Forestry Association (DFA) is offering these 2011 educational assistance grants:

Ready, set, veggies!

Tired of cardboard tomatoes, wilted lettuce and stale broccoli? Me, too! Every year about this time, I start craving real fresh-from-the-garden veggies. If you are, too, it’s time to get started.

County looks to reconcile windmill rules with state law

Sussex County Council members this week reviewed a revised draft of ordinances related to wind-energy generating devices – windmills and more – as the county attempts to reconcile the restrictions of county code with the state legislature’s efforts to remove blockades that would prevent the devices from being installed on residential properties.

Legislators praise plan to speed up development of wind energy

Last week, after U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced major developments in support of offshore wind energy in the United States, U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.) expressed praise and appreciation.

County council to draft new ordinance on windmills

Sussex County Council members this week moved to have an ordinance regarding wind turbines drafted. The council, at its Feb. 1 meeting, instructed staff to look at tackling how the county might change its restrictions on energy-generating wind turbines – particularly to address what some perceive as conflicts between county code and a 2009 state law that was intended to prevent local government and home owners associations from prohibiting windmills and other wind-energy devices from being installed.

Quitting smoking is healthy, and green, too

Many people believe that living a sustainable lifestyle has to do with their actions on the outside – but it’s just as much about what happens on the inside, too. Sure, it’s great to recycle and to buy organic, outwardly, but what’s the use if the life you live is otherwise unhealthy, inside?

DSU to boost bio-energy education through USDA grant

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) recently announced that Delaware State University (DSU) will partner with other universities in the Northeast region to create educational opportunities in math and science for students interested in bio-energy and bio-based products.

Nature center offers fun and learning each Saturday

The best way to change people’s hearts? Start when they’re young! Witness any kindergarten classroom activity and see how much children understand, and how willing they are to soak up new information. Hence the phrase, “Children are sponges.”

Energy & You forum to feature co-op CEO

The first in a series of free community forums titled “Energy & You: Achievable, Affordable and Sustainable” will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the theater of the Arts & Science Center at Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown.

The featured presenter will be Bill Andrew, president and CEO of Delaware Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Greenwood, Del.

School buses retrofitted for cleaner air through DERA funds

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Department of Natural Resources Secretary Collin O’Mara were on hand in Sussex County this week to applaud Cape Henlopen School District’s use of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funds to retrofit old diesel engines on district-owned school buses. Also on hand were representatives from the Clean Air Task Force, Clean Water Action, National School Transportation Association and the American Lung Association.

New yard waste facility offers options

With all of the talk about universal recycling and the “bottle bill,” the state’s new yard-waste ban seems to have gone under the radar, but there are changes in that area for 2011, as well.

Local woman's fertile imagination solves pungent dilemna

What better way to deal with waste than to find a way to re-use it? It’s been done forever. Everything from mushrooms to mums gets a little help from a homemade and readily available fertilizer made from manure – a material that could have just been landfilled. And, often, fields can stand a dose of nutrients that would have otherwise been trashed.

Clean diesel bill reauthorization passed by U.S. House

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, this week commended the House’s passage of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010 (DERA).

Yard waste disposal options announced by DSWA

Beginning Jan. 1, 2011, yard waste will be banned from disposal in Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s (DSWA) Kent and Sussex landfills near Sandtown and Georgetown. The ban goes into effect as part of a DNREC permit condition for landfill expansion and to encourage the recycling of the estimated 30,000 tons of yard waste deposited each year in the Kent and Sussex landfills.

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