Author Archives: Elizabeth Meschewski

Drugs vs. Sharps Disposal: A safety issue

Drugs Many people are now aware that they shouldn’t flush unwanted drugs down the toilet because those chemicals end up in waterways and pollute the environment. So what is the correct way to dispose of unwanted medicine?   The U.S. … Continue reading

Zero Waste in Champaign County Illinois

Are you spring cleaning? Do you have old motor oil? What about all that craft supplies you never got around to making anything with? The Champaign-Urbana area offers more than just standard curbside recycling options. So don’t wait for the … Continue reading

Charcoal vs. Gas – A Sustainability Question

The age-old American tradition of a backyard barbeque dates back to at least 1672 when John Lederer mentioned “barbecue” in his writings. Over the years there has been secret recipes and perfect techniques that brought about the classic question: Charcoal … Continue reading

Sustainable Memorial Day

  Memorial Day – A day when Americans honor those who have died in military service to the United States of America. Many of us honor the dead by visiting cemeteries, posting a flag, and by having potlucks and grilling … Continue reading

Adding Metrics to your Governor’s Award Application

Even though metrics are not required for your Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award application, it is still a very good idea to add them to your application. By adding metrics to your application, it allows for application evaluators to truly see … Continue reading

2016 Annual Waste Conference

ISTC will be co-sponsoring the 2016 Annual Waste Conference: Changing Landscape of Waste Management in conjunction with the Air and Waste Management Association Lake Michigan States Section (A&WMA-LMSS).   The conference will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, from … Continue reading

The Road to a Great IL Governor’s Sustainability Award Application

If your organization has done a lot in the name of sustainability – from projects that save money and resources to initiatives that strengthen the people and communities you work for – what are you waiting for? The Illinois Governor’s … Continue reading

PPCPs in the Environment Conference – Registration Open!

Registration for the Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in the Environment conference is open now until March 18, 2016! We are expecting an excellent conference with a wide range of topics from detecting PPCPs in the environment, education on … Continue reading

New Employment Opportunities at the Prairie Research Institute

ISTC is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) also houses the IL Natural History Survey, IL State Archaeological Survey, IL State Geological Survey, and IL State Water … Continue reading

2016 Teacher Workshop on PPCPs in the Environment

ISTC and the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant will be hosting a teacher workshop on pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in the environment. PPCPs encompass thousands of chemicals found in fragrances, cosmetics, over-the-counter drugs, and human and veterinary medicines. The U.S. … Continue reading