Dover colleges host Earth Day visitors

Carper, Mallory tout environmental initiatives

By Mike Finney
Posted 4/22/22

DOVER — U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and White House Council on Environmental Quality chair Brenda Mallory spent Earth Day touring a couple college campuses.

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Dover colleges host Earth Day visitors

Carper, Mallory tout environmental initiatives

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DOVER — U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and White House Council on Environmental Quality chair Brenda Mallory spent Earth Day touring a couple college campuses.

With highs in the low 70s and just-popping spring blooms, Mother Nature did her part Friday, producing a perfectly temperate day to visit Delaware State University’s Early Childhood Laboratory School and Delaware Technical Community College’s Terry Campus.

“It’s an honor to host Chair Mallory here in the First State. This Earth Day, we’ve had the chance to talk with young Delawareans about the need to safeguard our environment and take care of our planet,” said the Democratic senator, who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

“When I led (Ms. Mallory’s) confirmation process in the Senate, I said President (Joe) Biden couldn’t have picked a better person for the job — and she has demonstrated that with her outstanding leadership on tackling our climate crisis and advancing environmental justice for our nation.”

The two dignitaries started the day at Early Childhood Laboratory School, where they spoke to children and joined an Earth Day activity that taught them to plant fruit and vegetable seeds and about the connection between the food people eat and the environment.

After that, they engaged in a conversation with DSU president Dr. Tony Allen, faculty and students about climate change and environmental justice.

Sen. Carper and Ms. Mallory subsequently traveled about 2 miles north to visit DelTech’s Terry Campus and talk with educators and students about workforce development and job training in the renewable-energy sector.

Eric Burnham was a participant on the panel and said, “I thought it was pretty cool. It was nice to meet them and nice to see how the Build Back Better bill is actually going to be affecting Delaware specifically.

“You hear people on the news talking about the national stuff, but it was kind of nice to hear how it is basically going to affect our lives here in Delaware.”

The primary topics of the nearly hourlong talk were the impact of climate change on the coastline of the First State, how to protect Delaware’s farmland, the environmentally friendly programs DelTech offers and the workforce they are building.

“It was actually very exciting that they would come and also shows that they’re invested in the program,” said Cornelia Johnson, Terry Campus’ vice president and director. “We’re the only community college in Delaware, so it shows that they’re invested in the work that we do and are aware of what we do.”

Ms. Mallory is the first African American to serve as CEQ’s chair. She advises President Biden on environmental policies that improve and preserve public health and the nation’s communities.

She said she is focused particularly on addressing environmental-justice and climate-change challenges the U.S. faces while advancing job growth and economic development.

Ms. Mallory said she enjoyed the time she spent with faculty, students and children, as well as Sen. Carper, in Delaware on Friday.

“It is an honor to spend Earth Day in the First State and to see the remarkable work that Delaware communities are doing to build a clean-energy future, fight climate change and advance environmental justice,” she noted.

“From helping write and pass the bipartisan infrastructure law to developing and delivering practical and commonsense environmental solutions of all kinds, Chairman Carper is an unwavering leader in the fight against climate change and an invaluable partner to the president and all of us in the administration.

“The remarkable students we met with (Friday) remind us that a better world is within our grasp and that we must continue the fight to ensure everyone can live, work and go to school in a healthy environment.”

She then laughed and said that each day is Earth Day for her.

“Earth Day is definitely every day,” she said, “but some days, we treat it more specially than others.”