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Senator Durbin Backs Research to Capture More Carbon from Coal Plants

Senator Durban at Abbott Power PlantSenator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) toured the Abbott Power Plant at the University of Illinois on Jan. 15 for a briefing on Prairie Research Institute (PRI) research to develop next-generation carbon capture technology. The first-hand look at the project was an "eye opener," Durbin said. Also, PRI has just released an informative video introduction to the work underway at the Abbott Power Plant. Learn MORE

Green Your Office, Join the Challenge

Illinois Green Office Challenge Logo Registration is now open for the 2016 Illinois Green Office Challenge (IGOC), a friendly competition to see which Illinois organization can accumulate the most points by conserving energy and water, reducing waste, and saving money. Learn MORE

ISTC Joins the Paris Pledge for Action

The Paris Pledge for Action Badge ISTC has joined The Paris Pledge for Action, a world-wide call to action to reduce environmental impacts and limit global warming to less than two degrees. "Minimizing the impact of climate change will require global innovation and cooperation," said Kevin O'Brien, director of ISTC at the University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute (PRI). "There is not one solution to this societal, governmental, and technological challenge," he added, "there are as many as we can think of." Learn MORE

ISTC Feted for Leadership in Pollution Prevention and Sustainability

Quote by Dr. Emmett Brown that says You can make your future whatever you want, so make it a good one. The 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) on Nov. 9 brought together some of its founding fathers and significant players that put Illinois at the forefront of pollution prevention and sustainability. It was a great time to look back... and to the future. Learn MORE

Power Plant at University of Illinois Proposed as Site for New Carbon Capture Technology

Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Trophies The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected a multi-national team led by the University of Illinois to develop a proposal for retrofitting the University's Abbott Power Plant in order to capture the CO2 emissions. The team includes ISTC and the Illinois State Geological Survey at the U of I – both part of the Prairie Research Institute, and the Linde Group and BASF (developers of capture technology), and Affiliated Engineering. The Phase I award is for detailed engineering and planning and is slated to have a total value of approximately $1.3 million. This is the first time the DOE has sponsored a large-scale pilot R&D project for the capture of CO2 emissions. Learn MORE

Examining the Problem of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment

Personal Care ProductsThe occurrence of emerging contaminants such as pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) and steroid hormones in our waterways has been recognized as a critical environmental issue. To learn more about new research in that area and to provide opportunities for collaborations, ISTC has organized a consortium of researchers and individuals interested in working together to advance the state of knowledge about these contaminants - their fate, transport, and environmental and human health effects. The group met on Thurs., Sept. 24,and will be meeting again in Dec. as part of a series of quarterly meetings. If you are interested in joining the consortium, please contact Nancy Holm

In addition, on April 4, 2016, ISTC is organizing a conference , along with IL-IN Sea Grant and funded by the U of I Extension, titled "PPCPs in the Environment". The event will be held at the I-Hotel Conference Center in Champaign. The call for abstracts will be announced in December. More information on the conference will be available on the ISTC website at that time.

IL Green Office Challenge logo The winners of the 2014-15 Illinois Green Office Challenge were announced on June 11 in Champaign. The U.S. Army Corps Construction Engineering Research Laboratories were the champions of the challenge which empowers Illinois workplaces to reduce waste and save energy and water.
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Indoor Air Quality Studies Promote Human Health in Alaska

Varities of Common CookstovesThe Center's Indoor Climate Research and Training group is working with the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority in Southeast Alaska to perform measurements that help assess how indoor and neighborhood air pollution are affected by burning solid fuel for heating. More on indoor air quality research

Sketch of a faucet with water flowing out to form the word 'one' for the one billion gallon water challengeBillion Gallon Water Challenge

ISTC is encouraging people, businesses, organizations and others to help reduce water consumption in Illinois. It has a goal of saving one billion gallons as part of its One Billion Gallon Water Challenge efforts.

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    Dan Marsch
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    Dan Marsch is an Environmental Engineer in ISTC’s Peoria office, located at Illinois Central College. He provides on-site sustainability technical assistance to businesses and communities in Central and Western Illinois focusing on pollution prevention, resource conservation, and waste minimization. Marsch works closely with companies as a "change agent." That is, he helps companies improve their triple bottom line (people-planet-profit) by improving social responsibility, reducing environmental impact, and saving money. He has been with the Center since 2002.

    Currently, Marsch is the lead for the Illinois Conservation of Resources Economy, Energy and Environment (ICORE3) Technical Assistance Program, funded by USEPA. ICORE3 strives to achieve measurable energy and water conservation improvements among Illinois' underserved rural communities and businesses, focusing primarily on the manufacturing sector. ICORE3 was the recipient of the 2013 National Pollution Prevention Roundtable MVP2 Award.

    When he joined ISTC, Marsch brought 20 years of work experience within the private sector. Marsch graduated from Evangel University with a B.A. in Business Management, with continued studies in business and environmental science.

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