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Offshore wind-energy process now getting streamlined

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and incoming Sen. Chris Coons (both D-Del.), outgoing Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) and Gov. Jack Markell (D-Del.), commended the Obama administration last week for its action to streamline and expedite the application process for offshore wind energy projects.

Nage's Meatless Mondays offer green eats

What started as a way to aid in the World War I effort by reducing food consumption, according to MeatlessMondays.com, was revamped early this century by the John Hopkins School of Public Health as a way to cut saturated fat and reduce the risk of preventable disease – all while reducing people’s carbon footprint.

Wetland restoration on farm completed

Last fall, poultry producer Doug Vanderwende attended a presentation about nutrient management and wetland restoration projects, prompting him to contact DNREC’s Drainage Program about a wetland project on his Greenwood farm. He provided a sketch that served as the basis for the project that was constructed last summer by the Sussex Conservation District and DNREC Drainage staff.

Local builder Thornton receives another green first

The Homebuilders Association of Delaware (HBADE) presented its top honor, the Builder of the Year award, at its annual Leadership and Legacy Ball on Nov. 20, and the award was presented to Bob Thornton, owner of Silverstock Builders in Bethany Beach.

DNREC continues work on Burton's Island restoration

During the Center for the Inland Bays’ Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee Meeting last week, Greg DeCowsky of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) spoke on the Burton Island clean-up project.

Companies selected to do winning home energy makeover

The SEU’s Energize Delaware has selected three Delaware companies to conduct winning home energy makeovers – a free energy audit and computerized energy modeling (worth $400) and up to $5,000 in home efficiency improvements.

Arsenic in the environment topic of CIB meeting

Arsenic is a naturally occurring metal that can be toxic to people, estuarine organisms, and the environment at high concentrations. It is present in feed additives used to raise poultry, in some types of pressure-treated wood and in the residual ash of coal burned to produce electricity.

Want clean water?

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Colin O’Mara met with members of the Center for the Inland Bays’ Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) at their Oct. 20 meeting, and the basic notion of how they talk to each other was one of the topics on the agenda.

Yard waste rules in Kent, Sussex to change in January

Kent and Sussex County residents who take yard waste to the Central and Southern Waste Management centers near Sandtown and Georgetown can no longer co-mingle yard waste with regular trash starting Jan. 1, 2011. The restrictions will join those already in place in New Castle County, which has had a yard-waste ban at the Cherry Island landfill since 2008.

CAC seeks to widely spread the message of Inland Bays

For those who are not the type to look up what a TMDL* is (or care), or whose eyes gloss over at the mere mention of scientific phrases like “nitrogen-rich soil” or “algae bloom” but do concede that the inland bays are not quite the “swimmable and fishable” gems they once were, a visit from the Citizens Advisory Committee’s (CAC) outreach program might be the ticket to get educated just enough to want to get involved.

State creates loan fund for green businesses

Lieutenant Gov. Matt Denn and the Delaware Economic Development Office announced on Oct. 12 that the State of Delaware has created a new $1 million revolving loan fund to help jump-start businesses specializing in energy efficiency. The fund was made possible by a $500,000 grant from the United States Department of Commerce, which was matched by a contribution from the state’s Strategic Fund.

EPA green-lights higher level of ethanol in gas blends

After receiving public feedback and consumer pushback, and conducting product research and tests for months, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week the approval of the use of higher levels of ethanol in gasoline in late model automobiles.

Isaacs' first privately-owned poultry farm in Mid-Atlantic to go solar

In 1782, Owen Isaacs took a plow to soil in Sussex County, Del., with high hopes for his new farm. Five generations later, Robbie Isaacs stands on the family farm near Ellendale, Del., with a huge grin spreading across his face as he watches a virtual electric meter spin backwards on his iPhone – he, too, with high hopes.

Benefit barbecue set for James Farm this Saturday

The annual barbecue to benefit James Farm Ecological Preserve will be held this Saturday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be live bluegrass music and food catered by Bethany Blues.

Green thinking is in the bag

Increasingly, collective thinking is shifting from disposability to sustainability. As environmentally-conscious thinking permeates society, it extends to even the most basic needs, like shopping for groceries.

CIB board approves substitute wastewater resolution

The Board of Directors of the Center for the Inland Bays approved a substitute resolution regarding the proposed Wandendale regional wastewater treatment facility near Lewes, choosing to wait on any action until the appeals process was complete.

Carney visits with Flexera team

Former Lt. Governor and Congress-hopeful John Carney visited Harbeson-based Flexera on Friday, September 24, to talk shop. Carney toured Flexera’s plant, and viewed a vertical-axis turbine prototype, which can be seen outside their offices.

County blocks wind turbines on less than 5 acres

When Greg Menoche of Dagsboro installed his own wind turbine a few years back, it was fairly simple. With plenty of acreage at his home, he fit under Sussex County’s 5-acre minimum for windmills nicely, and after getting the various permits and approvals, he was in business.

Water quality web site offers one stop shopping

The Department of Natural Resources and the Division of Public Health jointly announced this week the launch of a Web site with comprehensive water-quality information, at www.waterquality.delaware.gov.

Nature center offering kids a kayaking field trip

Children who have enjoyed the weekly lessons on marine life, wetlands and other fun outdoor activities at the Bethany Beach Nature Center – and those that have yet to see what the fuss is about – are being invited on a special free guided kayak tour through the inland bays on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Restauranteur Haley to be Outstanding in the Field

There’s nothing quite as “green” as eating food that was grown locally, in an outdoor setting, enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer. It seems miles away from rushing through a well-lit drive-through or even eating a home-cooked meal with ingredients from who-knows-where.

Inns and hotels join Delaware’s Green Lodging program

Four inns and a hotel have joined the Delaware Green Lodging program and received certification for implementing green hospitality practices that are designed to conserve natural resources, save money and enhance their marketing potential as environmentally-responsible businesses.

Statewide cleanup day set for Oct. 2

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that it will host its Sixth Annual “Imagine A Litter-Free Delaware” Clean Up Day on Saturday, Oct. 2. DelDOT has designated this as a statewide cleanup day, when everyone is being invited to go out to clean Delaware’s roads, highways and community areas.

Delaware dreamers aim to green roofs

Imagine going to a local grocery store and buying produce that was grown directly on the store’s roof. This is precisely the type of innovation that Ryan Bunting and Derek Dutton, inventors of patent-pending AquaGreen Roofing systems, dream of.

Former EPA scientist taking power plant issues seriously

When tourists come to the Delaware beaches, clean air and water is not something many of them think about. It is seen more as a given that the air is pure and the water is clear. That’s one of the beauties of the area – right?

Maryland, Delaware officials kick off cleanup

State officials and environmental advocates officially kicked off the drive for volunteers to support this year’s Coastal Cleanup, a statewide effort to clean up Delaware shorelines, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 25.

DNREC honoring Georgetown ecologists as 2010 Wetland Warrior

At the Delaware State Fair recently, Gov. Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara honored the 2010 Wetland Warrior, ecologist Martinr Martin of Georgetown, for “his tireless pursuit of restoring the largest freshwater wetland that remains in Delaware, the Great Cypress Swamp near the Maryland line in southern Sussex County.”

Energize Delaware Rebates moving from kitchen to basement for bigger savings appliance rebates end Aug. 31

After a successful year, the SEU Energize Delaware residential appliance rebate program will end as planned on Aug. 31, segueing into rebates for energy efficient heating and cooling systems and discount efficient lighting.

Online registration now open for 25th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup

Online volunteer registration is now open for the 25th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 25. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the cleanup spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline and includes river and ocean shorelines, as well as wetland and watershed areas.

Kayakers to help restore inland bays habitat on Aug. 21

Kayaking has traditionally been viewed as a low-impact recreational activity, but in Delaware’s Inland Bays, it has the distinction of having a huge impact – on wildlife habitat that is. Since the first “Paddlin’ for the Bays” event in 2007, more than $9,000 has been raised to support habitat restoration efforts in the Inland Bays watershed.

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