Category Archives: Green Living/Environmental Tips

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

Lighting Retrofits Save Money And Electricity

ISTC recently completed a retrofit of lighting at its headquarters building in Champaign, with assistance from UI Facilities and Services. All T12 fluorescent light fixtures and exits signs have been upgraded to T8s and LEDs. Altogether, the changes are expected … Continue reading

Water Expertise at U of I Gathered into New Information Hub

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) launched a new addition to their website on July 30 titled “Water at Illinois” to serve as an information hub for all the water-related research expertise available at the University of Illinois … Continue reading

Cook County Recycling Helps Keep America Beautiful

A zero waste audit by ISTC for the Forest Preserves of Cook County led to an expansion of the parks’ recycling capabilities, thanks to a grant from the Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Recycling Bin Grant Program.   One of the … Continue reading

Friday – Enjoy the Blues With a Side of Green

Thanks to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for adding a Green Fair to their evening of blues music on Friday, July 17. Come visit your sustainable technology friends from ISTC and other area organizations from 6:30-9 p.m. this … Continue reading

Bioenergy Investments Bode Well for Green Economic Growth

There is increasing interest in biofuels not only to lessen dependency on foreign oil but also to promote sustainable fuels and the growth of a greener economy.  ISTC’s researchers currently are exploring greener alternatives for fuels used in the automotive … Continue reading

Student-Staff Leadership Boosts U of I Campus Recycling Record

People at the University of Illinois who care about recycling think about changing human behavior. They wonder how to make the distinction between the landfill bin and the recycle bin so convenient and so obvious that even the most stressed … Continue reading