Category Archives: Illinois

Applications now being accepted for 2011 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards

The University of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2011 Governor’s Sustainability Awards. The Center, in cooperation with the Office of the Governor, has honored organizations for their efforts in sustainability and pollution prevention since … Continue reading

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Battery Recycling LibGuide

I have compiled a LibGuide on battery recycling, which includes options available in Champaign-Urbana. Check it out at

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Nanotech extends battery life for smartphones, satellites, supercomputers

Read the full post at SmartPlanet. Like electric cars, the one weak link in the rapidly advancing technology of electronic devices is the battery. As memory capacity grows and processors become faster than ever, the battery remains a large, clunky … Continue reading

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Geology of Illinois now available for purchase

The Illinois State Geological Survey announces the release of its benchmark publication, Geology of Illinois. This 530-page volume, conceived in preparation of the Survey’s centennial celebration in 2005, was written by 40 recognized experts in Illinois geology. The book summarizes … Continue reading

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Yes Or No? Environmental Groups Pose 20 Questions To The Mayoral Contenders

Read the full story at Progress Illinois. A coalition of 17 environmental and community organizations are asking Chicago’s would-be mayors to detail their commitment to a green future for the city in a new 20-question, yes-or-no survey.

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60 Wild Coyotes Patrol Chicago (And Occasionally Stop At Convenience Stores)

Read the full story (and watch video) from NPR. Chicago’s Cook County now has over 60 coyotes fitted with radio collars (plus a good many uncollared ones) roaming parks, alleys, yards and thoroughfares in one of the biggest cities in … Continue reading

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ComEd fights Ill. on conservation

Read the full story in Crain’s Chicago Business. Exelon Corp. likes to paint itself green, but the Chicago-based electric company has set itself up as the chief opponent of an innovative state energy conservation plan. The country’s largest operator of … Continue reading

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Campus Dining Facility Designed "Green" [Video]

Watch the video on YouTube. Ikenberry Dining Hall is open to the public and is the U of I’s newest dining hall. It features many sustainable features including buying local food and going trayless, which saves about 150,000 gallons of … Continue reading

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Illinois Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program

The focus of the Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program, through the State’s Renewable Energy Resources Program, is to encourage utilization of smaller-scale solar and wind energy systems in Illinois. Eligibility applicants include homeowners, businesses, public sector and non-profit entities … Continue reading

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Illinois organizations receive awards for achievements in environmental protection

Twenty seven Illinois companies and organizations have been honored for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy. The Governor’s Sustainability Awards were presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center during a luncheon … Continue reading

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