The University of Delaware has officially launched its first Sustainability Council!
With support from the Office of the Provost and Office of the Executive Vice President, the Sustainability Council is tasked with creating a formal sustainability plan for the University of Delaware. It is comprised of 24 members from across the campus community, including students (undergrad and graduate), faculty and staff.
The Sustainability Council assumes all programming and responsibilities from the Sustainability Task Force, including Green Liaisons. Green Liaisons will continue to be a platform for student, faculty and staff engagement with campus sustainability topics. It will not fundamentally change.
Students will continue to set the agenda and tone of Green Liaisons, including campus advocacy. The Council will provide admin support by a Graduate Fellow to help Green Liaisons continue to thrive.
As I prepare to graduate in the coming days, I wanted to thank you all for providing an opportunity to serve as Green Liaisons chair.
Green Liaisons is a phenomenal, unique institution to this University. It is a collective, student-faculty led sustainability initiative which brings in a manifold of speakers in the sustainability realm to educate all those interested about what they are up to. Look through this blog to see some of its accolades. As Henry David Thoreou put it, in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society. This is something unique to environmental disciplines, and in sustainability philosophy. Throughout my tenure, we brought in representatives from Green Allies, the Nature Conservancy, and Clean Bay Renewables, among others. It does not seem like a lot, but coming to these events and showing profound interest in the program is what keeps sustainability thriving. A well functioning institution requires public participation. From inviting various speakers, supporting campus-wide sustainability initiatives, and getting to know people of all walks through this experience has been a remarkable experience for me as your co-chair. As I enter the next phase of my life, I want to express gratitude for all of those who engaged in this experience. And for everyone moving forward, I urge a sense of sustainability.
A new student co-chair has been found. Hadley Dzuray will take the helm immediately as the new co-chair. She is a rising senior studying Public Policy, Global Studies, and Energy/Environmental Policy, who is involved in various sustainability initiatives around campus. She will work alongside Francis (faculty-chair) and the Sustainability Taskforce to cultivate Green Liaisons. She has the vigor and spirit for making Green Liaisons an even better program than I ever could have. Feel free to contact her or both of us for any reason (speaker suggestions, food requests, “get me off the contacts list I graduated five years ago,” etc).
Thank you all again. I promise this is my last contact with y’all forever, but feel free to email me with any additional feedback firstname.lastname@example.org. I urge everybody to continue involvement in environmental efforts, let it be with Green Liaisons or outside of it.
On March 6, we hosted CleanBay Renewables. They are a sustainable engineering company based in Westover, Maryland, but with a few locations across the area, including in Georgetown, Delaware. It was founded in 2013 by Tom Spangler and is the only business of its kind. CleanBay Renewables uses anaerobic digestion and nutrient removal techniques to fully recycle chicken waste into clean power.
Their technology processes in a fully closed system to avoid waste stream, protecting local ecosystems from harm. This technique not only strengthens the electrical power grid, but it also provides an auxiliary for farmers. Delaware is a national leader in chicken production, so this technology is pivotal for the area.
CleanBay currently has 12 trucks functioning daily and they process 90,000 tons of chicken litter a day- enough to power 9000 homes. annually The digesters they use consume 1.5 million tons of water, but it is sustainably done so that the water returns into the ecosystem after use. Their technology produces biogas and digestate during processing, with the digestate being turned into phosphorus pellets. Given the high phosphorus in the area which hurts aquatic life, these pellets are transported to phosphorus-deficient areas in the nation to help food production.
This new and exciting technology was great to hear about and we would love to see what happens next. For more information, please go to cleanbayrenewables.com or contact us! Check out our Instagram https://www.instagram.com/udgreenliaisons/ for photos from the event!
On Thursday, May 10, we hosted Mr. Sebastian Stelios Jannelli. Mr. Jannelli talked of his time with Green Peace, the largest, nonprofit, environmental organization in the world, which is based in over 40 countries. It was founded in 1971 and helped spark the modern environmental movement. Mr. Jannelli was the editor-in-chief for its magazine and told donors how their gifts helped Green Peace take action.
Mr. Jannelli’s first interaction with the organization was in Greece, when they implemented a turtle protection program. During college, Mr. Jannelli studied Political Science and a Green Peace video that his professor showed in class changed his life. He loves that Green Peace was and is willing to put its lives on the line to protect the planet. Mr. Jannelli also proudly supports Green Peace for being an organization that can take nonviolent, direct action to help the planet.
Mr. Jannelli elaborated on Green Peace’s former campaigns, such as orca/whale killing and rain forest protection. Right now, Green Peace is focused on curbing climate change, by targeting arctic oil. Another priority campaign for the organization is the protection of pollinators.
Here at UD, Mr. Jannelli hopes that we can establish native meadows to help support the pollinator population, especially with the massive die offs in pollinators that we have recently witnessed. He hopes that it can be a people-powered movement, one that will show people that they too are empowered to take action to make a difference in their community and the world.
To view Mr. Jannelli’s talk, please click the following link: Mr. Jannelli’s Talk
Hey Green Liaisons!
Please join us for our final talk of the semester on Thursday, May 10 from 12:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. in the Ewing Room (located in the Perkins Student Center).
We will be hearing from Mr. Sebastian Stelios Jannelli, who will be sharing a brief presentation on his work with Green Peace. Currently, Mr. Stelios Jannelli is the Assistant Director of Development at UD.
All are welcome to attend! We will be serving light refreshments!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Francis Karani, Mohana Gadde, Ali Mahdi
On March 9th, we hosted Lia Dawson, Grace Moran, and Olivia Powell from UD’s Engineers Without Borders chapter. The ladies mentioned that Since 2002, the EWB has completed 698 projects in 46 countries with the help of its 16,810 members from 300 different chapters. At UD, EWB has completed two projects since 2006 and is currently working on two right now. The UD chapter includes 60 students and a little over 10 professionals (faculty members).
The EWB’s mission is to build stronger communities by alleviating social, economic, and political issues and to build stronger global leaders by equipping students to become leaders who are fit to handle the world’s most pressing problems.
One of their projects was completed in 2013, in Guatemala. The ladies mentioned that the Guatemala community had been split by a river, which caused an issue for locals who couldn’t get to the other side during flooding. So, the EWB helped by building a sustainable bridge that could withstand a magnitude seven earthquake. Currently, they are helping people in the Philippines and Malawi.
The EWB also has a local outreach program that has produced 60 + service hours, bolstered community engagement, and created good, local partnerships. The EWB’s vision is to expand local presence, expand engineering capacity, and challenge its students. This will allow for it to build stronger communities, focusing on: community development, education, agency, and creating student leaders.
For more information, please do check out the following link: http://www.ewb-ud.org/
To view the talk, please click on the following link: UD’s Engineers Without Borders Talk
Hey Green Liaisons!
Join us as we host Ms.Lia Dawson from UD’s Engineers Without Borders chapter and two of its project managers. Come hear about the organization’s efforts in the Philippines, Malawi, & surrounding Delaware community. We will be learning about EWB-DE’s successful water distribution mission in Cameroon and the future goals of the organization!
The event will be held on Friday, March 9th in the Ewing Room in the Perkin’s Student Center from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, and food/light refreshments will be offered. The event is free, and everyone is welcome!
Francis Karani, Mohana Gadde, Ali Mahdi
Professor Wiens is a registered dietitian-nutritionist and teaches nutrition classes at UD. She currently teaches BHAN 130: Sustainability and Food. In this class, students are introduced to the use of local/seasonal food and partner with UD’s farm to enjoy farm-to-table food.
Professor Wiens grew up watching David Suzuki, an environmentalist. She attended UBC and majored in nutrition, which was housed in the health sciences/agriculture department. Subsequently, she was exposed to sustainability when she took agroeconomic classes as an undergrad. Following her time in college, she became a vegetarian and found the closest soap box to talk about topics related to sustainability.
She strongly believes that sustainability is about taking a more holistic approach. While many people think that eating organic is one good way to do so, Professor Wiens stated that “organic” is not a panacea. She mentioned that we can also reduce our eco footprint by: being a locavore more often, choosing organic food wisely, eating more plants, having sympathy for chickens, consuming smaller, wild, local fish, being fair-minded, and creating less waste. She stated that 31-40% of our food is thrown away. That’s more than 20 pounds of food per person every month!
In conclusion, we learned quite a lot about not only sustainability, but also how we as consumers can choose more wisely and help out the environment. Two major keypoints that we took from her talk were that,“sustainability must be livable to be sustainable,” and we must, “strive to be better and not expect perfection.”
Hey Green Liaisons!
Please join us for our final talk of the semester on Friday, December 1st from 11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. in the Ewing Room (located in the Perkins Student Center).
We will be hearing from Professor Kristin Wiens, who will be sharing a brief presentation on Sustainability and Nutrition! Professor Wiens is currently an instructor in Behavioral Health and Nutrition at UD and teaches several courses (including BHAN 130: Sustainability & Nutrition).
All are welcome to attend! To celebrate the cold weather and the end of the summer that is quickly approaching, we will be serving hot chocolate (with mini marshmallows) and hot, apple cider! We will also be serving other light refreshments as well.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Francis Karani, Mohana Gadde, Alexa Messick