Category Archives: Green Living/Environmental Tips

Carbon: Humanity’s Home Hides Hazards

Methane (CH4) is 30 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2.   Today, The Washington Post’s story on mysterious craters forming in Siberia reports that the phenomenon might be evidence of methane escaping from melting permafrost.   Last … Continue reading

Zero is the Favorite Number for Waste Fighter

ISTC’s Bart Bartels has joined the Purchasing, Waste, and Recycling  SWATeam at the U of I. It is one of six SWATeams (Sustainability Working Advisory Teams) helping evaluate the university’s progress since the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP). Their … Continue reading

No Need to Don a Gas Mask for Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a happy tradition of opening every window and scrubbing the home down before bugs have opened their compound eyes.   You have a choice in the compounds you use for spring cleaning. Expensive commercial cleaning products allow … Continue reading

Sustainability Series Explores Recent Trends in Reuse and Recycling

              ISTC’s Spring Sustainability Series, commemorating the Center’s 30th anniversary year, deals with new developments in the original green practice, practiced for thousands of years, recycling.   The series opens at noon, Thursday, Feb. … Continue reading

Noon Extension Seminars Explore Planning for Climate Change

The U of I Extension Webinar series begins tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 13, on the theme of “Planning for Climate Change.”   Don Fullerton, Gutgsell Professor of Finance and Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the U of I, will … 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

9 Ways to have a Waste Free Holiday

Reduce the quantity of food served. Holiday season means fun andfood with friends and family.  We all want to impress our guest with a lavish display of food but then we are left with the dreaded left overs. Don’t get … 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

Tiny Plastic Pollutants Banned in Illinois

Why did Illinois pull the plug on the use of plastic microbeads as exfoliants? ISTC’s B.K. Sharma and Nancy Holm offer insights on the trouble with microbeads in the “A Minute With…” feature on the U of I website. ISTC has … Continue reading