Green Power: The UD Wind Turbine


This past February 25th brought the Green Liaisons our first lunch and first guest speaker of the Spring 2015 semester: Professor Jeremy Firestone, a faculty member in Marine Science and Policy and the Director of UD’s Interdisciplinary Center for Carbon-free Power Integration, joined us to share his experiences leading and contributing to the development, permitting, and construction of the Lewes Campus Wind Turbine.

Professor Firestone gave us an excellent look into the work that is involved when a university plans and produces a piece of green machinery such as a wind turbine. UD’s wind turbine began generating electricity in 2010, but, as Professor Firestone told us, this was the result of years working through the development stage of the process. (One really interesting aspect of this process was the extensive number of studies that were required in order to gage public interest and opinion before and after the wind turbine was built, of which Professor Firestone gives a great overview in his talk!).

Today, five years after it first began turning, the wind turbine is still owned and operated by a partnership between UD and the turbine manufacturer, Gamesa Technology Coporation. It generates enough electricity to power the Lewes Campus, and any excess is sold to the residents of the Town of Lewes, whose continued support plays a large part in the success of the turbine. The turbine also serves as a research and educational platform for the university, and there are even opportunities for students to become certified to go to the top!

Check out this Professor Firestone’s awesome talk to learn more about this green project UD is working on!

Why You Should Check Out the SCA for Your Summer Internship


This past Wednesday, November 19th, the Green Liaisons had the pleasure of hosting Takeya Meggett, a recruiter for the Student Conservation Association (SCA), for our final GL Luncheon of the Fall Semester.

The SCA is a national non-profit that offers people (students or not) over 15 years old the opportunity to unite with the environmental agency of their dreams for an internship or job anywhere in the country. That could mean literally anything from National Parks (Yosemite, anyone?) to wildlife sanctuaries to historic sites to laboratories– and all in the name of environmental conservation.

Takeya herself not only recruits for the SCA, but was also an active member of the organization for a number of years. After college, she took advantage of the many employment positions available and has by now served as a crew leader in Nevada, an intern at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, a coordinator with the National Park Service Academy in Alaska, and a ton more. She is simply brimming with experience, and her passion for it was evident during her talk.

Takeya gave us a detailed tour of the SCA website, including how to search for positions, how to interpret those visible positions, and how to apply for them. The options are broken down by age range and you can find those descriptions here. (Most students end up looking at the Individual Internships in the Young Adult (18+) category).

The site is relatively easy to navigate: you simply narrow the search options here, depending on your particular location and timing preferences. Press Search, and then voilà! An old-growth forest of beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime experiences intended to give you the skills to become the next environmental activist, EPA scientist, or parks & rec director (hello, Leslie Knope) awaits your discovery.

Once you fill out the general application, you can apply it to any 20 of these aforementioned opportunities, at which point the SCA will work to match you with the option that best fits your experience level, relevant academic coursework, and other factors. Takeya’s tips: 1) Note when an opportunity says “Hot”– this means employers want to fill spots quickly, so you have a better chance of getting one of these, and 2) Note when an opportunity says “Local Applicants Only”– this means there will be no stipend provided because interns are expected to commute from their houses (AKA, if you don’t live nearby, probably don’t apply).

So, go, follow your dreams! Apply for the Grand Canyon or Alaska or maybe somewhere right in your backyard! The SCA awaits!

You can also watch Takeya’s talk here.

Implementing an Office of Sustainability


Why does UD need an Office of Sustainability and how do we get one?

Last Wednesday, October 29th, we learned just that when we held our first Green Liaisons Luncheon of the semester. Our guest speakers were Becky Bronstein, a senior and member of the Blue Hen Leadership Program, Student Government Association, and the Sustainability Task Force, and Cesar Caro, a grad student and member of the Grad Student Government. Both Becky and Cesar have been involved with numerous other environmental activities on campus, but one of their biggest passion projects together, as we learned at the Luncheon, is that of the creation of an Office of Sustainability on campus.

A Bit of History

In the summer of 2013, shocked by the fact that UD did not yet have an Office of Sustainability, a small team of students that included Becky and Cesar set out to change that. A student named Grace Relf drafted a 27-page proposal for the Office, which led to a series of meetings held between this group of concerned students and UD’s Provost and Executive VP.

Taking into account the University’s feedback, Becky, Cesar, and Grace began conducting a comprehensive assessment of student and faculty support for the Office: they met with Facilities, Housing, DENIN, and professors, and then held a student poll, which showed 91% of those asked in support.

Knowing then that their efforts were worthwhile in the eyes of the UD community, this student team pressed on and proceeded to develop a plan for both funding and structure for the Office.

The Basics

Funding would be done by phased implementation, which would mean having one employee (the Director of Office) for a period of time. This employee, however, would immediately have one Graduate Fellow and a few undergrad interns. Eventually, the people employed would expand to include a variety of more specialized project managers under the Director. The money would come from a combo of grants and business partnerships.

The structure of the Office would be the following: within the Office itself would be one Director who oversees the Sustainability Task Force, student-led Green Senate, and various Project Managers. Outside of the Office–but still related–would be a Sustainability Planning Committee, comprised of various important players throughout the University, such as the VP for Facilities, VP of Student Life, and Energy Manager, who would all work to advise and monitor those within the actual Office.

On the Agenda

Becky and Cesar now are looking to write a two-pager in continuation of their work on planning the Office, and then meet again with the Provost and Executive VP. Otherwise, however, they welcome any help or ideas from students and faculty who are interested. This initiative is so significant because an Office could be the kind of body that could prevent another deal like the Power Plant from even being discussed.

Questions or want to get involved? Talk to Becky at or Cesar at!

And watch them present at the Lunch here.

First Green Liaisons Luncheon of the Semester

This Wednesday, October 29th, from 12-1pm in the Perkins Ewing Room, we will hold our first Green Liaisons Luncheon of the semester.

We are very excited to be hosting senior Becky Bronstein, an environmental science major who has participated in a variety of environmental activities during her time at UD– from conducting research on sustainability as a Plastino Scholar to leading a sustainability-based service trip to Puerto Rico through the Blue Hen Leadership Program.

Becky has also spent the past few years actively pursuing the establishment of an Office of Sustainability on campus. For this month’s Green Liaisons lunch, we will hear her thoughts on why UD needs an Office and how we can support the mission to create one.

Her talk is called, “Implementing an Office of Sustainability at UD.”

All are welcome!

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ISE Lab Luncheon Tour

On Friday, May 9, Gerry Galgon, the Senior Project Manager of the ISE Lab and Jason Carroll, ISE Lab Technical Team Leader for Maintenance & Operations, gave the Green Liaisons a guided tour of the ISE Lab highlighting the building’s sustainability features.

The ISE Lab achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver certification. There are four levels of certification, defined by the number of points a building or project earns. The different levels range from Certified (40-49 points) to Platinum (more than 80 points); the ISE Lab received between 50 to 59 points.


One of the green elements that contribute to this certification is “daylight harvesting” – a lighting control system that maximizes use of daylight, by raising and lowering blinds and dimming lights in response to changes in sunlight. Also, each air handler in the ISE Lab is equipped with a heat recovery system, which increases the energy efficiency on campus. There are three green roofs on the ISE Lab, the largest on the second floor of the west wing of the building that mitigates water runoff by trapping and filtering rainwater, reduce the urban heat island effect, and capture CO2. The beautifully landscaped courtyard utilizes native plants and an onsite drainage system, also eliminating stormwater runoff.


The Green Liaisons were also able to learn about the interdisciplinary, environmental research that is taking place within the building’s many labs. One cool technology the university is researching is a type of fiber that charges an electronic when you bend it- imagine having the fiber on the bottom of your shoe and the simple act of walking to class allows you to charge your cell phone! The ISE Lab is certainly a great addition to UD’s campus.

Rethinking Laird Campus

Want to learn about how UD is making landscapes more sustainable? Interested in improving the landscape in your own backyard?

Check out the informative talk on “Rethinking Laird Campus” by Dr. Susan Barton.

laird4 The second GL Luncheon of the spring semester was held last Friday, April 25 in Perkins Alumni Lounge at noon.

We had a wonderful luncheon presentation by Dr. Susan Barton about incorporating sustainable landscape practices into UD’s campus.

laird1Dr. Barton discussed what has been implemented on Laird campus, including a masters student project that surveyed residents of Independence Hall about landscaping. The presentation extended the concepts of sustainable landscaping to residential and corporate examples.
If you were not able to join us, you can watch the presentation here.

Our last luncheon of the semester will be held on Friday, May 9. Gerry Galgon, the project manager of the ISE Lab will present a brief talk about the sustainability features of the ISE Lab before embarking on a guided and informative tour of one of UD’s newest buildings.

We hope to see you then!

Newark Residents Against the Power Plant

The first GL Luncheon of the spring semester was on Friday, March 21 in Perkins Alumni Lounge at noon.

We had a great luncheon presentation led by Amy Roe on the proposed data center and power plant. Amy Roe received her Ph.D. in energy and environmental policy from the University of Delaware in 2012.  She is involved in environmental advocacy in Delaware, is a founding member of Newark Residents Against the Power Plant and is conservation chair of the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club.
If you were not able to join us, you can watch the presentation here.
And you can follow along with the attached presentation, 2014-03-21-UD-green-liasions.

Our next luncheon will be held during Earth Week on Friday, April 25, 2014. Dr. Susan Barton will present on “Rethinking Laird Landscape”.

We hope to see you then!

Newark Bike Project visits Green Liaisons Lunch

Roy Murray from Newark Bike Project joined Green Liaisons on November 11 to share the programming efforts of the organization.  Did you know that every Tuesday from 6-9pm and now Wednesdays from 5-7 you can visit the Newark Bike Project to have your bike tuned up or repaired for a small suggested donation?  Check out their website at

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