Category: Environment

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major reversal, the Obama administration said Tuesday it will bar oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, a move cheered by environmentalists and consistent with the president’s aggressive steps to combat climate change. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the decision “protects the Atlantic for future generations.” Officials listened to thousands of…

Michael Powell, an environmental scientist at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, will be the featured speaker at two Delaware Resilience Summits. The free events will focus on flooding issues prevalent in Delaware, including how to protect your business, workplace or home against flooding. The summits are designed to help prepare businesses, nonprofits, state…

Port of Wilmington expansion possibilities detailed

By Christi Milligan The global technical and engineering firm tasked with leading a strategic master plan for expansion of the Port of Wilmington offered stakeholders a first peek at its areas of study. More than 120 people turned out for the open house hosted by AECOM team leaders. A series of stations highlighted the plans…

Dover, Del. — Municipalities, community associations, and nonprofits in Delaware can now apply for urban and community forestry grants up to $5,000 from the Delaware Forest Service for a tree planting or tree management project. The deadline to apply is March 4, 2016. There are also Chesapeake Bay Tree Planting Grants available for applicants with…

Delaware businesses profit from going green

By Christi Milligan Metal-halide light fixtures are expensive, especially when they number in the hundreds. Just ask Pete Renzi, director of operations at I.G. Burton. The car dealership has used the lights at each of its five downstate locations, illuminating the expansive lots from twilight through morning to showcase new cars and thwart nighttime ne’er-do-wells.…

According to the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility Executive Director Tony DePrima, the nonprofit’s primary funding source is the Regional Green House Gas Initiative, which facilitates a CO2 cap-and-trade program and reinvests in energy and consumer programs. The DESEU receives $10 to $12 million each year from that allotment. It also issued a $72.5 million bond.…

Energize Delaware spreads the word about energy efficiency

Tony DePrima may be his own best marketing tool.  After a restart of the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU) in 2013, the executive director has been making rounds to promote the initiatives under its Energize Delaware banner. “I’ve done everything from church basement meetings to local government and rotary talks,” said DePrima. And he has…

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic emissions from many power plants. But officials from New England states downwind of coal plants expressed disappointment, and…