Monthly Archives: February 2015

Carbon: Humanity’s Home Hides Hazards

Methane (CH4) is 30 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2.   Today, The Washington Post’s story on mysterious craters forming in Siberia reports that the phenomenon might be evidence of methane escaping from melting permafrost.   Last … Continue reading

New book cautions against the use of invasive biomass crops

Across the globe, efforts are being made to find sustainable, renewable, and economically-viable sources of energy. Here in the U.S., Congress passed a mandate in 2007 (the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS) that requires refiners to blend an increasing quantity … Continue reading

Researcher Spotlight: Joy Scrogum

Joy Scrogum has been a sustainability professional for over 13 years, with ISTC’s public engagement and technical assistance programs. Joy has provided support for the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) since 2001, particularly in the development and maintenance … Continue reading

Zero is the Favorite Number for Waste Fighter

ISTC’s Bart Bartels has joined the Purchasing, Waste, and Recycling  SWATeam at the U of I. It is one of six SWATeams (Sustainability Working Advisory Teams) helping evaluate the university’s progress since the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP). Their … Continue reading

ISGS Seminar: Sustainable Business Serves the ‘Triple’ Bottom Line

ISTC Director Kevin O’Brien will deliver the Illinois State Geological Survey Seminar at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23 on “Using Sustainability to Drive Economic Growth.” The seminar will be held in Rm. 101, Natural Resources Building at the U of … Continue reading

No Need to Don a Gas Mask for Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a happy tradition of opening every window and scrubbing the home down before bugs have opened their compound eyes.   You have a choice in the compounds you use for spring cleaning. Expensive commercial cleaning products allow … Continue reading

Sustainability Series Explores Recent Trends in Reuse and Recycling

              ISTC’s Spring Sustainability Series, commemorating the Center’s 30th anniversary year, deals with new developments in the original green practice, practiced for thousands of years, recycling.   The series opens at noon, Thursday, Feb. … Continue reading

Celebrate Spring @ Naturally Illinois Expo

Attention parents and teachers! The Naturally Illinois Expo is just a few short months away! The 2015 Expo will be held on Friday, April 17 & Saturday, April 18 at the Forbes Natural History Building and next door at the … Continue reading