Category Archives: ISTC Projects

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

Middle Schoolers Celebrate Clean Power on Earth Day

On Earth Day, April 22, Jefferson Middle School hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of their 3.5 kW h wind turbine project. The clean energy project was funded by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, ISTC, and high … Continue reading

Engineer Explains the Promise of the Other Hydrogen Fuel

Junhua Jiang, Senior Research Engineer at ISTC is featured in two Lightning Talk presentations from 2011 now available on the Prairie Research Institute’s YouTube channel. In one talk, Jiang deals with his work on improving electrochemical nanostructured microelectrodes for sensing … Continue reading

Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award Wants Your Advice

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is surveying Illinois businesses, municipalities and organizations about the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award. Please help improve sustainability efforts in our state by taking the five-minute survey HERE.   Whether your business has won the award, … Continue reading

Students Honored for Fresh Ideas in Sustainable Electronics

International Sustainable Electronics Competition Awards 2013 Winners     Old smart phones don’t have to be doomed to silence in a drawer or a landfill. According to two winners of the 2013 International Sustainable Electronics Competition the phones can keep … Continue reading

Triclosan Shown to Trigger Resistance in Aquatic Ecosystems

A widely used compound to prevent bacterial contamination is persisting in the environment and creating antibacterial resistant strains of bacteria.   That is the conclusion of a study by researchers at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) in Champaign, IL, … Continue reading

First Training Accreditation to Improve Home Weatherization in Illinois

Training programs for Energy Auditors and Quality Control Inspectors at the University of Illinois’ Indoor Climate Research & Training (ICRT) program have been awarded accreditation by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc.(IREC).   The ICRT energy conservation training programs are … Continue reading

Campus-wide Sustainable Electronics Consortium Formed

On Oct. 2, 2013, a group of interested individuals on the U of I campus met to discuss the issues involving the environmental and social impacts of electronics and the current relevant policies, education, and research taking place.  As a … Continue reading

Congrats to Technology Assistance Program at U of I

The Technology Assistance Program which helps local governments and companies prevent pollution and conserve resources received a national MVP2 Award in Washington DC earlier this month. The ICORE program received its Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award for saving Illinois more than $6 … Continue reading

Engineer Introduces Thermally-Reversible Polymer to Desalination

According to water.org, 780 million people lack access to clean water. The need to provide access to clean water is one of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering.   At noon this Thursday, Sept 12, Dr. Xinying … Continue reading