Category Archives: Pollution Prevention

FREE Sustainability Film Festival, April 22-24 at Spurlock Museum

With funding from the UI Office of Public Engagement, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is hosting a Sustainability Film Festival next week on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Three documentaries will be screened at the … Continue reading

Three Tips on the Road to a Great Governor’s Award Application

If your organization has done a lot in the name of sustainability – from projects that save money and resources to initiatives that strengthen the people and communities you work for – what are you waiting for? The Governor’s Sustainability … Continue reading

Let Go of Your Old Dusty Electronics for Free

ISTC will accept electronic waste for recycling from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18. As part of the national 2014 Recycle Mania Tournament, electronic waste can be dropped off at three locations on the University of Illinois campus. ISTC will … 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

Registration Open for Green Chemistry Conference

Registration is open for the The Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference: Innovating for Success in Cleveland on April 1–2, 2014.   The purpose of this conference is to show how innovations in green chemistry practices drive advances in business, academia, … Continue reading

ISTC Invited to Join Pollution Prevention Training by U.S. EPA

Two ISTC professionals were invited to participate in a pilot training program in Chicago organized by the U.S. EPA’s Region 5.   Laura Barnes, Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) Executive Director and Resource Librarian presented, “Using GLRPPR to … 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

Veteran Researcher Named State Pollution Prevention Scientist

Nandakishore Rajagopalan has been appointed the Illinois Pollution Prevention Scientist.   The new designation was established in August 2013 by the Illinois State Legislature to serve as the authoritative spokesperson on matters of pollution prevention fact and policy for the … Continue reading

Wood Biochar Offers Promise of Cheap Supercapacitors

ISTC is investigating wood-biochar’s use as a supercapacitor. The material offers equal power capabilities as activated carbon, but is much less expensive.   A team led by Senior Engineer Junhua Jiang published results in the journal Electrocimica Acta, demonstrating the … 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