Category Archives: Energy

MREA PV 320.03 Solar Training Academy Begins in Normal, January 2015

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) will be offering its PV 320.03 Solar Training Academy beginning January 17th, in Normal, IL.   The MREA Solar Training Academy is a series of weekend classes that will walk students through the photovoltaic … Continue reading

Businesses in Central Illinois Taking Up Green Challenge

The Illinois Green Office Challenge is picking up steam in it’s goal to green-up Central Illinois businesses.   CBS affiliate WYZZ Channel 31 last night reported on The Ecology Action Center’s partnership with the U of I’s Illinois Sustainable Technology … Continue reading

Events Promote Sustainability Awareness at Home and Far-Far Away

Director, writer and actress Angela Sun will visit the Urbana-Champaign campus at 6 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 21 for a screening of her film “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” The documentary records the plight of the natural ecosystem of … Continue reading

Springfield Newspaper Features People, Planet, Profit Approach at ISTC

A lengthy article in the Springfield’s Illinois Times yesterday examined the practical, progressive approach to sustainable action  at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. It is called the “Triple Bottom Line,” describing an approach to balance the interests of the planet, … Continue reading

Middle Schoolers Celebrate Clean Power on Earth Day

On Earth Day, April 22, Jefferson Middle School hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of their 3.5 kW h wind turbine project. The clean energy project was funded by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, ISTC, and high … Continue reading

Three Tips on the Road to a Great Governor’s Award Application

If your organization has done a lot in the name of sustainability – from projects that save money and resources to initiatives that strengthen the people and communities you work for – what are you waiting for? The Governor’s Sustainability … Continue reading

Engineer Explains the Promise of the Other Hydrogen Fuel

Junhua Jiang, Senior Research Engineer at ISTC is featured in two Lightning Talk presentations from 2011 now available on the Prairie Research Institute’s YouTube channel. In one talk, Jiang deals with his work on improving electrochemical nanostructured microelectrodes for sensing … Continue reading

UI Projects in Haiti Subject of Jan. 28 Meeting

ISTC will host a meeting of faculty and staff from 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 to discuss projects in Haiti.   Staff at ISTC have participated for several years in an effort to establish bio-diesel production facility in northeast Haiti. … Continue reading

Haiti’s First Bio-fuel Project Gets New Boost

Joe Pickowitz spent part of the winter break working on a first — Haiti’s first bio-fuel production facility.   It has been a multi-year collaborative effort between the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and a non-profit organization, Jatropha Pepinyè, which … Continue reading

Protect Your Pipes During Polar Vortex

  As the polar vortex prepared to plunge temperatures south of zero degrees Saturday, the Champaign News Gazette busted a myth about frozen water pipes.   Pipes don’t burst when ice expands inside the pipe, according to ISTC Senior Research … Continue reading