Category Archives: Pollution Prevention

PFASs: Complex Chemicals that Could Cause Catastrophic Contamination

WRITTEN BY: Margaret Golden, ISTC staff   When we think of chemicals that could be on our food, we usually think of the pesticides that are used to keep pests out of our food, rarely do we think of the … Continue reading

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

Symposium to explore solutions to plastic recycling in Illinois

Written by Jim Dexter   Ideas for “Revitalizing Plastics Recycling” will be the topic for a symposium hosted by the Illinois Recycling Association and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the I Hotel and Conference Center on the University of … Continue reading

Air, Water, Soil: Prairie Research Institute Researchers Host Chinese Peers

  Scientists from seven Chinese universities visited the University of Illinois July 11-13 to compare research goals and approaches in their efforts for cleaner air, water and soil. The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) China Workshop deepened relationships begun in recent … Continue reading

Jobs and growth can help halt greenhouse gas

Experts worldwide are meeting this week in Calabria, Italy to focus on ways to deploy carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies.   Today Kevin OBrien, who leads both the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and the Illinois State Water … Continue reading

Small companies save big with tech advice

  A model program to provide technical assistance services to underserved rural areas of Illinois has generated $24 million in savings of energy, water, and waste over its first eight years.   In smaller, rural communities technical assistance professionals usually … Continue reading

Army to pilot ISTC innovation to improve installation resilience, energy security

  The U.S. Army has funded a project to demonstrate technology developed on the University of Illinois’ South Farm that disposes of wastewater biosolids by turning them into energy.   The Army has embraced a range of innovations in its … Continue reading

Upcoming Environmental Conference

Rising concerns among environmental scientists over a multitude of contaminants found in water and aquatic life and their impact on human health have prompted ISTC to partner with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant to host an upcoming conference titled, “Emerging Contaminants … Continue reading

Tiny Scavenger Proves Apex Predator in Oil Spill Clean Up

When there is an oil spill in a body of water, booms are used to contain it so the contamination can be collected. The aftermath still leaves a sheen of oil that response teams then attempt to keep from devastating … Continue reading