Category Archives: Green Living/Environmental Tips

Discover Smart Irrigation in U.S. EPA WaterSense Webinar

In this high tech world we still have some low tech ways to control automated services such as irrigation. The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program has teamed with the Alliance for Water Efficiency to bring you a webinar … Continue reading

Focus on Food Waste: Donations Encouraged by New IL Law

The latest edition of the Illinois Environmental Council newsletter contained good news for those concerned with food waste reduction in K-12 schools and public agencies:   “HB5530 was signed on July 15 and is immediately effective. This law prohibits schools … Continue reading

Focus on Food Waste: Product Label Date Dilemma

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, up to 40% of food in the US goes uneaten. This astonishing figure carries even more impact when you consider that food production accounts for 10% of the total US energy budget, 50% … Continue reading

Sustainable Home Renovations

Summer and Renovations are like two peas in a pod, birds of a feather, or peanut butter and jelly.  They just seem to go together. Let’s take a look at a few sustainable options for home renovations.   Environment: Sustainably … Continue reading

Illini Gadget Garage Closing Physical Location for Renovations, Hosting Pop-Up Clinics

This post originally appeared on the Sustainable Electronics Initiative (SEI) Blog.   The Illini Gadget Garage, a collaborative repair center for student and staff owned electronic devices, will be closing its physical location (INHS Storage Building 3) for the summer on … Continue reading

Drugs vs. Sharps Disposal: A safety issue

Drugs Many people are now aware that they shouldn’t flush unwanted drugs down the toilet because those chemicals end up in waterways and pollute the environment. So what is the correct way to dispose of unwanted medicine?   The U.S. … Continue reading

Zero Waste in Champaign County Illinois

Are you spring cleaning? Do you have old motor oil? What about all that craft supplies you never got around to making anything with? The Champaign-Urbana area offers more than just standard curbside recycling options. So don’t wait for the … Continue reading

Illinois Teachers Prepare for Lessons on Impact of Drugs in Environment

School teachers from across Illinois attended a workshop at the Illinois Sustainable technology Center June 15-16 to help them develop curricula about the risks of improper disposal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) and the impacts of these emerging … Continue reading

Calling All Parks! Get Your Green On

ISTC loves recycling. Last year our Zero Waste Program turned Forest Preserves of Cook County on to a great opportunity with the Keep America Beautiful / Dr. Pepper Snapple Park Recycling Infrastructure Grants. It was a nice boost to a … Continue reading

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