Caesar Rodney students planting as part of their environmental studies. (Courtesy of Caesar Rodney School District Facebook).

Caesar Rodney gets $227,000 for environment education, projects

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Caesar Rodney School District is the only district in the country to be awarded a grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for habitat restoration and education. The district will use that $227,000 to continue to restore underutilized space on 14 public school campuses within the district.  To do that, it will revitalize the EcoTeam Volunteer Corps, use traditional …

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Sussex biogas facility expansion subject of upcoming workshop

Charlie Megginson Business, Headlines

Delaware’s environmental control agency will hold a virtual community workshop on Sept. 28 to discuss a proposal to expand a Seaford biogas facility. Biogas is a renewable fuel produced by the breakdown of organic matter, such as animal manure. The result is a mixture of gases, primarily consisting of methane, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. Bioenergy Devco, the company that …

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Delaware to spend $18 million on EV chargers

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware’s transportation department will use federal infrastructure funds to install multi-car electric vehicle chargers along major travel routes throughout the state. The move comes as part of a national effort to increase access to electric vehicle charging stations, thereby making electric vehicles a more reliable means of transportation. Delaware Department of Transportation secretary Nicole Majeski said installing charging stations in …

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Attention shoppers: No more plastic bags as of July 1

Ken Mammarella Headlines, Government

“Bags, wallet, keys and phone” are some new lyrics suggested for the old children’s exercise song “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” as Delaware moves to a plastic bags ban. The new words come from some creative folks at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to promote a broader and deeper ban on plastic bags that starts Friday, …

Emissions

Carbon emissions goals released from Senate committee

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

A controversial bill setting Delaware’s goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was released from the Senate Environment and Energy Committee Wednesday and will advance to the Senate floor for a vote.  Senate Bill 305, the Delaware Climate Change Solutions Act, would require Delaware to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% before 2030 and by 90% before 2050.  Opponents said the …

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Total plastic bag ban begins July 1

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Do you use reusable grocery store bags? Beginning July 1, you’ll have to choose between reusable and paper — and there won’t be any other options. Under Delaware’s 2019 plastic bag ban, stores were allowed to use the thicker 2.25 millimeter-thick plastic film bags, which were considered reusable under the law. Last June, the General Assembly enhanced the state’s plastic …

NCCo touts upgraded sewer cleaning trucks

Ken Mammarella Government, Headlines

The Vactor 2100i recycles water while it cleans sewer lines. (New Castle County)   Two new sewer cleaning trucks promise to save water, energy and time by recycling cleaning water, New Castle County says in a flyer accompanying its annual sewer bills. The new vehicles use hydraulic jets to dislodge debris, and they vacuum up debris and liquid from the …

Curbside residential EV charger bill released from House committee

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

A bill heard by the House Energy Committee Tuesday would require Dover, Wilmington and Newark to set up a permitting process for curbside residential EV chargers/Getty Images A bill released from the House Energy Committee Tuesday could soon require Delaware’s three largest cities to make it easier for residents to install personal electric vehicle charging stations.  Senate Substitute 1 for …

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Ørsted’s Skipjack 2 offshore wind project given the green light

Charlie Megginson Business, Government, Headlines, Health

Photo courtesy of Ørsted. The Maryland Public Service Commission has selected Danish multinational power company Ørsted’s Skipjack Wind 2 for a 20-year Offshore Renewable Energy Credit. Skipjack Wind 2 is an 846-megawatt offshore turbine project that aims to power approximately 250,000 homes in the Delmarva region with clean energy. Though the energy produced will mostly go to other states, Delaware …