Category Archives: Technical Assistance

Free Green Lunchroom Challenge Kickoff Workshop & Training, Sept. 17

A free kickoff workshop and training for the Green Lunchroom Challenge, a voluntary competition among K-12 schools to improve the sustainability of their food service operations, will be held on Thursday, September 17 in the Stephen J. Warner conference room … 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

Green Lunchroom Challenge to Assist IL Schools with Food Waste Prevention, Reduction

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, food production represents 10 percent of the total US energy budget, uses 50 percent of US land, and accounts for 80 percent of the freshwater we consume–yet, 40 percent of food in the … Continue reading

ISTC Laboratories Contribute to Biomedical Breakthrough

Labs at ISTC participated in a biomedical breakthrough by Beckman Institute faculty who developed a fast and inexpensive way to produce carbon nanoparticles. Measurements by John Scott, ISTC senior chemist, helped demonstrate that the particles can carry payloads of pharmaceutical … Continue reading

College, University Recyclers Set the Stage for Generation ‘Green’

College and university administrators going to the Illinois Recycling Association’s (IRA) June workshops for higher education will be inspired by the great ideas included on The Best Colleges dot org website. ISTC is one of the sponsors of two training workshops … 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

ISGS Seminar: Sustainable Business Serves the ‘Triple’ Bottom Line

ISTC Director Kevin O’Brien will deliver the Illinois State Geological Survey Seminar at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23 on “Using Sustainability to Drive Economic Growth.” The seminar will be held in Rm. 101, Natural Resources Building at the U of … Continue reading

Upcoming Food Waste Training & Toolkit Piloting Opportunities

Several upcoming training opportunities are available for those interested in zero waste, specifically the reduction of waste in food service operations.   The US EPA Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) program will present a webinar on January 15, 2015, entitled “Food … Continue reading

Businesses in Central Illinois Taking Up Green Challenge

The Illinois Green Office Challenge is picking up steam in it’s goal to green-up Central Illinois businesses.   CBS affiliate WYZZ Channel 31 last night reported on The Ecology Action Center’s partnership with the U of I’s Illinois Sustainable Technology … Continue reading

PCBs Not Going to Clinton, But A Solution Still Needed

Now that the U.S. and Illinois Environmental Protection Agencies have rejected proposals for permanent PCB storage at the Clinton Landfill, the problem has not gone away.   Just what is to be done with the once common industrial chemical turned persistent … Continue reading