Category Archives: Green Living/Environmental Tips

The long road of antiseptic chemical concerns leads to a new ban in health care

WRITTEN BY: Katherine Gardiner, ISTC staff   A ban on the use of 24 antiseptic ingredients, including triclosan, for use in health care settings will take effect at the end of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) … Continue reading

Sustainability: A Force for Good in our Galaxy

WRITTEN BY: Katherine Gardiner ISTC staff   You may have heard that a new Star Wars movie came out last week. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, don’t worry, we won’t spoil it for you. But it … Continue reading

Rethinking the holidays

This post originally appeared on Environmental News Bits.   It’s that time of year again. The days are at their shortest, the temperature has plummeted (at least here in Illinois), and the stores are hitting all of us with messages to … Continue reading

Mr. Grinch says ‘demand fast, free shipping at all times’

What a wonderful world when we can shop online and get free two-day shipping.   What could be better?   From a climate perspective, perhaps slower is better.   More than thirty years of engineering have made passenger cars highly … Continue reading

Recycling in America Goes Home, But Can it Go BIG?

Happy America Recycles Day!   This annual upbeat reminder that “we use too much, buy too much, and toss too much” shines a light on a society that more and more gets it.   At our homes and schools, the … Continue reading

Study Reuse with ISTC’s Joy Scrogum

Beginning September 13, Joy Scrogum, ISTC sustainability specialist and technical assistance program team member, will teach “Reuse as a Sustainability Strategy” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Illinois. Spaces remain available, so sign up today! The 8-week course … Continue reading

Champaign County Residential Electronics Collection Event Scheduled for Oct. 14, 2017

The next Champaign County residential electronics collection event has been scheduled for October 14, 2017. The event will occur from 8 AM to noon at Parkland College. Registration is required for participation; online registration (at www.ecycle.simplybook.me) opens on September 5, … Continue reading

Death by Design Screening, August 22 at Champaign Public Library

On Tuesday, August 22, the Illini Gadget Garage will be hosting a screening of the documentary Death by Design at the Champaign Public Library. Doors will open at 6:30 PM and the film will begin at 7:00. The film duration is 73 minutes.   … Continue reading

Nest-turned-hive requires rescue mission

  A valuable bumble bee colony was rescued from the loading dock at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) last week and is now is a colony-in-residence at the entomology lab at Illinois State University (ISU) in Bloomington.   John … Continue reading

Illini Gadget Garage Announces Hours for Summer 2017 and Off-Campus Services

The Illini Gadget Garage (IGG) is a collaborative repair center on the UIUC campus to assist students, staff and faculty with troubleshooting and repair of minor damage and performance issues for their personally owned electronic devices and small appliances. The project … Continue reading