Author Archives: Elizabeth Meschewski

PFASs: Complex Chemicals that Could Cause Catastrophic Contamination

WRITTEN BY: Margaret Golden, ISTC staff   When we think of chemicals that could be on our food, we usually think of the pesticides that are used to keep pests out of our food, rarely do we think of the … Continue reading

Plastic Is Forever – or Is It?

WRITTEN BY: Katherine Gardiner, ISTC staff     Plastic waste is one of the leading environmental concerns in the world today.   Many times, consumers use a plastic product just once before throwing it away. We might only see it … Continue reading

Advancing Carbon Capture Technology

WRITTEN BY: Lisa Sheppard, PRI staff, and Nancy Holm, ISTC staff   Research is progressing on a novel biphasic solvent absorption method that holds promise as an innovative, cost-saving alternative to the conventional CO2 capture process in power plants. ISTC … Continue reading

Time to Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet – The Right Way

WRITTEN BY: Katherine Gardiner, ISTC staff     Is your medicine cabinet at home filled with old medications or prescription drugs you no longer use? You’re not alone.  But how do we dispose of these medicines safely?   Many Americans … Continue reading

Green is the New Gold – Olympics Sustainability

WRITTEN BY: Katherine Gardiner, ISTC staff   Whenever you think of sustainability, the Olympic Games, with all its grandeur and flashy ceremonies, probably is not the first event that comes to mind. All it takes is a second look, though, … Continue reading

Symposium to explore solutions to plastic recycling in Illinois

Written by Jim Dexter   Ideas for “Revitalizing Plastics Recycling” will be the topic for a symposium hosted by the Illinois Recycling Association and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the I Hotel and Conference Center on the University of … Continue reading

Upcoming Environmental Conference

Rising concerns among environmental scientists over a multitude of contaminants found in water and aquatic life and their impact on human health have prompted ISTC to partner with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant to host an upcoming conference titled, “Emerging Contaminants … Continue reading

Emerging Contaminants in Our Aquatic Environments

Americans landfilled 136 million tons of material in 2014. Food, plastics, and in fact, most of what was landfilled could have been recycled or composted. Of particular concern is the more than four percent of waste classified as ‘other,’ which … Continue reading

America Recycles Day – November 15

  While recycling is not mandatory in America, over 30 percent of our trash is recycled. But recycling could be as high as 75 percent, which could dramatically impact other environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions, freshwater resources, and … Continue reading

DOE Sparks Science Learning with New Newsletter

  DOE has produced a new resource to help cultivate the next generation of science and environmental experts. The first in a new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education monthly newsletter from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is … Continue reading