Delaware Tech and The Nature Conservancy Host Earth Day Celebrations

Two events have a "Picnic for the Planet" theme.

Wilmington, Delaware | April 10, 2012

Delaware Technical Community College and the Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy will host two Earth Day events on Monday, April 23, at Delaware Tech’s Stanton and Wilmington campuses. The Stanton event will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and the Wilmington event will take place from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

The event was developed and will be partially funded as a result of a National Science Foundation (NSF) “Energizing STEM Education” grant. The grant is intended to help Delaware Tech educate its students and the local community about wind, solar and biofuel renewal energy technologies and environmental sustainability.

Each event will have a “Picnic for the Planet” theme, and will feature exhibits, food, games and prizes. School clubs and departments, as well as community groups such as PEPCO, CMI Solar and DuPont will highlight sustainable energy topics, conservation and eco-friendly living. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about ways to protect and preserve the planet. The events are free and open to the public, and attendees are urged to bring their brownbag lunch. 

“We are proud to host these inaugural Earth Day events at Delaware Tech,” said Mary Marchegiano-Nolker, chairperson of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology and Energy Management at Delaware Tech. “Delaware Tech is committed to preserving the environment, both in our educational offerings and our in our institutional commitment to going green.”

“We hope folks working in downtown Wilmington and Stanton will bring their lunch and join us!” said Richie I.G. Jones, Jr., state director.  “The Nature Conservancy is pleased to be co-hosting Picnic for the Planet with Delaware Tech and we encourage the community to come out and learn about nature conservation efforts in the region and sustainable energy options for business and homeowners.”

Delaware Tech is celebrating Earth Day at its campuses statewide. Call Christine Gillan at 302-739-4623 for information on what's happening throughout the college. 

Delaware Technical Community College is an open-admission institution of higher education committed to the success of its students, the local employers who hire its graduates, and to the community. The College is fully accredited by the Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Each year, tens of thousands of Delawareans take advantage of opportunities for lifelong learning at Delaware Tech including: associate degree programs that prepare them to go directly into the workforce; connected degree programs with area institutions for students seeking bachelor’s degrees; developmental and general education courses; workforce training and customized corporate training programs for adults in the workplace; summer camps for kids; and courses designed to enlighten and enrich the lives of retirees. Delaware Tech has four campuses across Delaware in Georgetown, Dover, Stanton and Wilmington.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

Contact information

Lora A. Johnson
Delaware Technical Community College
(302) 283-3115

Katie Majewski
The Nature Conservancy
(302) 654-4707 x 123

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