Category Archives: Energy

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

It’s Not Mr. Fusion, But It’s A Whiz at Energy Production

ISTC NEWS Pairing of Waste Processing and Algae Farming Offers ‘Clean’ Energy  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — “Mr. Sewer” is a multi-stage waste-to-biofuel production system under development by ISTC which can extract 100 percent of energy from a wide variety of wastes.   No, … Continue reading

Become an Environmental Champion

ISTC NEWS Apply for the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award Program Illinois sustainability champions have been recognized every year since 1987 through the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards (IGSA). [In earlier years called the Illinois Governor’s Pollution Preventions Awards]   Applications are now … Continue reading

Leap into Sustainability

Leap year does not come around very often – only every four years. Therefore, this auspicious occasion might be a great time to leap into some sustainability projects for your home or business! Here are a few sources to get … Continue reading

Sharma Named Fellow of National Engineering Society

ISTC NEWS   B.K. Sharma, senior research engineer at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, has been elected a fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE).   Fellows are selected based on their significant impact on the field. … Continue reading

Sen. Durbin Backs Research to Capture More Carbon from Coal Plants

ISTC NEWS Senator Supports Plan to Capture More Carbon for Beneficial Use   Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) toured the Abbott Power Plant at the University of Illinois on Jan. 15 for a briefing on Prairie Research Institute (PRI) research to … Continue reading

Green Your Office, Join the Challenge

Registration is now open for the 2016 Illinois Green Office Challenge (IGOC), a friendly competition to see which Illinois organization can accumulate the most points by conserving energy and water, reducing waste, and saving money.   The competition will launch … Continue reading

ISTC Signs Call for Action to Limit Global Warming

ISTC NEWS The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) has become a signatory to The Paris Pledge for Action, a world-wide call to action to reduce environmental impacts and limit global warming to less than two degrees.   “Minimizing the impact … Continue reading

New case study: 2014 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award Winner: City of Arcola

The City of Arcola worked with Tick Tock Energy to reduce the energy consumption associated with the operation of city facilities. They undertook several energy projects, which included: Replacing incandescent and T12 lighting with CFLs and T8s in the fire … Continue reading

Take a Good Look at the Bad Old Days, and How Science Saved the Future

The 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) gathered together many of the original leaders of the effort to get a handle on hazardous pollution in the environment.   It was a valuable window into the spirit … Continue reading