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 (

My Green, Galena — Past Governor’s Sustainability Award Winner

The City of Galena is known for its grand, historic downtown district, rolling hills, and beautiful fall colors. What most people don’t know is that they are sustainability leaders, both in their region and within the state. From their leadership … Continue reading

Researcher Spotlight: Laura Barnes

Laura Barnes serves as ISTC’s Sustainability Information Curator and as Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR). In her role as Sustainability Information Curator, Barnes develops new information resources (RefWorks, LibGuides, databases, etc.); responds to scientific … Continue reading

Interview with Kate Zerrenner – Environmental Defense Fund

To highlight our speakers at the Governor’s Sustainability Awards Ceremony, we asked them to answer a few short questions to give a sneak peak into their presentation before the event. Kate Zerrenner, Climate and Energy Project Manager for the Environmental … Continue reading

Past Governor’s Award Winner: City of Arcola

In this humble farming community, rich with Amish heritage and home to the founder of Raggedy Ann dolls, ISTC found a wind turbine, solar panels on city hall, and a community that was excited to be taking the lead in … Continue reading

P2 Resources You Can Use

This post is adapted from a post that originally appeared on the GLRPPR Blog. See all of their P2 Week posts here.   In the not-to-distant past, it was difficult to locate pollution prevention and sustainability information. Those days are … Continue reading

P2 Week Spotlight: Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards

This year not only marks ISTC’s 30th anniversary, it is also the 25th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act. Pollution Prevention (P2) Week, celebrated during the third week of September each year (September 21-27, 2015),  highlights the efforts of EPA, … Continue reading

Water Environment Federation Technical Conference to broadcast two sessions free on Sept. 28

WEFTEC®, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the largest conference of its kind in North America. Cutting-edge technical sessions and workshops address topics including collection systems; resource recovery, including nutrients and energy; plant operations, treatment, and … Continue reading

Producing a Sustainable Event: Governor’s Awards Ceremony

The 2015 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards Ceremony is ISTC’s premiere event, highlighting public and private entities who have gone above and beyond the standard method of business and incorporated sustainability throughout their organization. We strive to create a zero-waste, low … Continue reading

ISTC’s Indoor Climate Research and Training group recruiting homeowner for research study

The Indoor Climate Research and Training (ICRT) group at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is recruiting for the final house in a five house study of how contaminants migrate from attached garages into living spaces.  The house must be a … Continue reading

Where Are They Now? Governor’s Sustainability Awards Past Winners Panel

Over the last 29 years, there have been more than 500 Governor’s Sustainability Award winners. A select few that have won more than once. With so many companies winning the Award each year, it is hard to capture each winner’s … Continue reading