Category Archives: Green Living/Environmental Tips

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

Green Lunchroom Challenge Webinar, 11/18: School Food Donation

Are you an IL school or district administrator, nutritionist, educator, or parent interested in food donation as part of your school’s food waste reduction strategy? Join the Green Lunchroom Challenge for a free webinar, Wednesday, November 18, from 3-4 PM … Continue reading

Partners Explore R&D Opportunities Related to Water and Sustainability

On Monday of this week, Sustainability Week, U of I researchers met at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center with colleagues from Argonne National Laboratory to explore opportunities for collaboration on energy/water nexus issues.   ISTC has collaborated with Argonne scientists … Continue reading

Celebrate Sustainability Week 2015, October 19-23

It’s Sustainability Week on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, and several events are planned, including the official release of the 2015 Illinois Climate Action Plan, or ‘iCAP’ on Sustainability Day, Wednesday, October 21. There will be a reception … Continue reading

Free Champaign County Electronics Collection Event, Oct. 10

A free countywide residential electronics collection event will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 8 AM to noon at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL. The collection will be in Parking Lot M; enter from Duncan … Continue reading

Reminder: ISTC @ Urbana’s Market at the Square Sept. 12

ISTC will be at Urbana’s Market at the Square in the community groups section discussing proper medicine disposal and our research on pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in the environment on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Check out our recent … Continue reading

PPCPs and the Environment

Have you ever wondered what happens to your medicine, face cream, or shampoo after you use them? The human body absorbs some of these pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), but not all. What goes unused after we use the … Continue reading

Could meat production cause pharmaceutical and hormone pollution in lakes and streams?

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy eating a big juicy steak as much as the next person. But you’ve got to wonder: How was this animal raised? Where does its waste go as it is creating that delicious steak? What … Continue reading

Now’s The Time to Recycle Ag-Chemical Containers

The state Agriculture Department is accepting empty agrichemical containers for recycling this month.   Each weekday through Aug. 28, you can drop off empty pesticide containers at daily locations around the state. This Friday, Aug. 14, the collection site will … 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