The Initiative for the Planet: Implementation Efforts

New University-wide institutes in energy (University of Delaware Energy Institute) and the environment (Delaware Environmental Institute) have been launched, supported in part by new chairs endowed by the UNIDEL Foundation. Both institutes have already attracted significant federal funding and are actively engaged in building partnerships with industry, national laboratories and other academic institutions. Additional faculty in both fields will be hired over the next several years; we are initiating a cluster hiring plan to attract 6–8 new faculty whose work will focus on environmental problems.

Furthermore, the University has begun implementing one of the most ambitious climate action plans of any institution, pledging to cut University emissions 20 percent by 2020. University-wide sustainability initiatives include an extensive recycling network, sustainable landscaping, enhanced storm- water management and a 2,000-panel solar installation on three campus rooftops slated for completion in fall 2010. With these actions and the signing of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, we join other leading educational institutions in becoming a model to our students, our state and our nation.