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 (http://envnewsbits.info).

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

Study Finds Biomass Gasification Ash Is Right Stuff for Strong, Light Masonry

Ash produced from biofuel production by biomass gasification is suitable for use in bricks and concrete and lowers costs, according to a recent technical report published by ISTC.   Biomass converted to biofuels grew 500 percent in the U.S. between … Continue reading

ISTC publishes Billion Gallon Water Challenge updates

As population increases, the demand for clean, fresh water will also rise, making existing supplies a very precious resource in Illinois and other parts of the US. ISTC seeks to help businesses, industries, communities, and the general public with water … Continue reading

An Updated Look at PCBs in Illinois Published by University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute

The Prairie Research Institute has published An Updated Look at PCBs, a report stemming from the Sept. 17 scientific workshop on “PCBs and Their Impact in Illinois”.  The one-day workshop on the University of Illinois Chicago campus gathered leading authorities … Continue reading

Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award application deadline is May 31

Applications for the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013.  Please remember to submit your application by this date to be recognized for your environmental efforts.   Details and application information can … Continue reading

Position Opening: Director, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Director Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign   The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. For over 25 years, the Illinois … Continue reading

Two new ISTC publications

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center has published two new reports:   RR – 122 / Risks to Birds in the Lake Calumet Region from Contaminated Emergent Aquatic Insects / Soucek, David J.; Levengood; Levengood, Jeffrey M.; Gallo, Sue; Hill, Walter R.; … Continue reading

New Technical Report from ISTC now available

TR- 049 —  Use of Treated Effluent Water in Cellulosic Ethanol Production / Ramchandran, Divya; Singh, Vijay; Rajagopalan, Kishore; Strathmann, Timothy — Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2013. [available at http://hdl.handle.net/2142/42595].   The report is the result of … Continue reading

Webinar: Beyond Energy Efficiency: Behavior Change Tactics for the Pollution Prevention Community

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 2-3 pm Register at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/833280647   Join Susan Mazur-Stommen, Director of Behavior and Human Dimensions Program at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), to discuss what behavior change research tells us about how people … Continue reading