Sustainable Coastal Communities

A Multidisciplinary University of Delaware Partnership

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The Sustainable Coastal Communities initiative is an approach for addressing growth, land use, and environmental impacts in southern Delaware.

Partner Strengths | Recommended Actions

The University of Delaware is recognized throughout the state as a major public institution that provides not only academic training for students, but service to legislators, state agency officials, businesses, and citizens.

Two University of Delaware colleges and affiliated programs—each with a strong research and outreach base—are working together to coordinate their activities and help Delaware’s coastal communities achieve their goals. They include the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and the Cooperative Extension Service; the public policy–related Institute for Public Administration; and the College of Earth, Ocean & Environment and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program.

With support of an appropriation by the state of Delaware, the deans of these two colleges (along with the former dean of the former College of Education & Public Policy) established a committee to review each college’s activities related to community and economic development in Sussex County, determine how the colleges could do a better job of coordinating their efforts, and explore ways to better inform the public about these activities.

Of particular significance to the committee were those areas where the colleges’ current activities intersect and provide and opportunity for enhanced collaboration and effectiveness.

For more information, contact Bernard Dworsky (302-831-8710).

go to top of pagePartner Strengths

Cooperative Extension Service logoUD College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Cooperative Extension Service

  • Community Development
  • Public Issues Education

Sea Grant Program logoUD College of Earth, Ocean & Environment and Delaware Sea Grant Program

  • Watershed Planning
  • Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)

IPA logoUD Institute for Public Administration

  • Town Planning Assistance
  • Source Water Protection

go to top of pageRecommended Actions

  1. Initiate major projects to address growth issues for Sussex County and provide recommendations for future action.
  2. Engage undergraduate and graduate students in helping to address the challenges facing southern Delaware.
  3. Develop a scope of work for the proposed Coastal Community Center.
  4. Support the establishment of citizen groups.
  5. Develop a proactive extension and outreach plan.
  6. Create a Web site on coastal community enhancement issues.
  7. Assess the workforce training needs of various business sectors in Sussex County.


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