Author Archives: Laura B.

About Laura B.

Laura L. Barnes is ISTC's Sustainability Information Curator and Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLPPR). She also created and authors Environmental News Bits (

Governor’s Sustainability Awards Morning Keynote Panel: Shaping the Future of Production

Clients, shareholders, and consumers continue to pressure businesses, product manufacturers, and suppliers to produce products that reduce resource use while improving process and equipment efficiency. In addition, utility and raw material prices will continue to rise, as demand increases with … Continue reading

Speaker Bio: Kyle Kietzmann

Kyle Kietzmann is the co-owner of Bell Racing USA LLC and Head Protection Technologies LLC. Kietzmann is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Bell Racing USA LLC, the world’s premier auto racing helmet company. Bell Racing specializes in designing, … Continue reading

Speaker Bio: Kate Zerrenner

Kate Zerrenner, one of the panelists for “Shaping the Future of Sustainable Production” at the 29th Annual Governor’s Awards, is a Climate and Energy Project Manager with the Environmental Defense Fund’s US Climate and Energy Program and is based in … Continue reading

The Energy-Water Nexus: Overview with the Environmental Defense Fund

The long-standing division between energy and water considerations is particularly evident in the case of energy and water management.  Energy is used to secure, deliver, treat and distribute water, while water is used (and often degraded) to develop, process and … Continue reading

2015 Governor’s Awards Ceremony Keynote – Harry Moser, Founder and President of The Reshoring Initiative

Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative, will be the keynote speaker at the 29th Annual Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards. He will discuss his organization and how reshoring can reshape the U.S. economy and bring greater sustainability into … Continue reading

New research paper: Improved Anodic Stripping Voltammetric Detection of Arsenic (III) Using Nanoporous Gold Microelectrode

ISTC’s Junhua Jiang, Nancy Holm, and Kevin O’Brien recently published a paper in the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology. The research described the use of a nanoporous gold (NPG) microelectrode to detect arsenic in water. The full … Continue reading

Where to donate your used stuff in Champaign-Urbana

There are many non-profit organizations in the Champaign-Urbana area that accept donations all year. This post will be updated as new information becomes available. Contact the author with suggestions.   Courage Connection Courage Connection provides housing and supportive services for … Continue reading

New ISTC Publication: Softener Feed Water Reduction

Download the document.   Abstract: Founded in 1915, Carus Corporation is an environmental services company located in LaSalle, Illinois that manufactures a range of products for municipal and industrial markets. The site currently uses approximately 1,360 gallons of water per … Continue reading

Locating sustainability information using ISTC’s LibGuides

LibGuides is a web 2.0 platform that librarians use to create topical guides to help their users find information. It combines the best features of social networks, wikis, and blogs into one package. Librarians can incorporate RSS feeds, video, web links, … Continue reading

New ISTC Research Report: Advanced Separation Systems for Adsorption and Filtration of Environmental Contaminants

Download the document. As regulations governing environmental water pollution are enacted, the demand for improved remediation technologies and related materials must be addressed. Some of the most problematic pollutants are the volatile organic contaminants (VOCs) because of their high mobility … Continue reading