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Governor’s Sustainability Award Luncheon and Awards Ceremony Registration Now Open!

Governor's Award TrophyCome learn about businesses and organizations in Illinois that are being recognized for making great strides in their sustainability efforts! Registration is now open for the 2014 Governor's Sustainability Award Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. For over 25 years, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center has presented the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award to organizations in Illinois that demonstrate a commitment to our economy, society and environment through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.

This year's event will be held Thursday, October 23, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, at 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL. Jeff Malehorn, President and CEO of World Business Chicago, will provide the keynote address on "Transformative Strategies for Economic Growth and Jobs". Prior to the luncheon, from 9:30 – 11:45 a.m. there will be a technical symposium featuring a variety of speakers discussing their organizations' success stories with sustainable practices.

Campus Promotes Sustainable Future with Gameday Recycling Challenge

Picture of Nitrile GlovesIn addition to gridiron victory, the Oct. 25 Homecoming football game in Memorial Stadium will also set a goal of recycling as much gameday trash as possible. The Zero-waste football event is part of a national Gameday Recycling Challenge which allows Fighting Illini fans a chance to be sustainability champions. Read More...

Events Promote Sustainability Awareness at Home and Far-Far Away

Picture of Angela Sun and Film: Plastic ParadiseDirector, writer and actress Angela Sun will visit the Urbana-Champaign campus at 6 p.m. on Tues. Oct. 21 for a screening of her film "Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch." The documentary records the plight of the natural ecosystem of Midway Atoll as it encounters the Great Pacific Gyre, a swirling garbage patch of plastic washed off of surrounding continents. Read more...

Cook County Industrial Facilities to Benefit from a Consortium of Sustainability Experts

E3-Economy,  Energy, and EnvironmentDuring 2015, industrial facilities in Cook County will have the opportunity to become more competitive, thanks to an alliance of technical assistance and economic development organizations.  Companies will have free access to a range of talent from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center, ComEd, Cook County, Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation, and Calumet Area Industrial Commission. The program will include waste to profit and E3-Economy, Energy, and Environment approaches to sustainable manufacturing. Interested businesses are invited to an introductory session at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Prairie State College Conference Center in Chicago Heights, IL. In 2013, similar technical assistance services were offered to facilities in DuPage County. Among the reductions: 1.2 million kWh of electricity, 1.8 million gallons of water, 87,830 gallons of hazardous wastes. Read more.

ISTC Initiatives

IL Green Office Challenge logo The Illinois Green Office Challenge is program patterned after the Chicago Green Office Challenge that encourages friendly competition amongst office buildings to achieve energy and water conservation and waste reduction. It aims to make Illinois more livable, sustainable, and prosperous.

Indoor Climate Research & Training's Low-cost Radon Reduction Pilot Study

House with attached garage The Indoor Climate Research and Training program is conducting a pilot study on radon reduction through low-cost measures. For more information regarding the study, please follow the link to the ICRT website.

Indoor Air Quality Researchers Participate in Alaska Cookstove Study

Varities of Common CookstovesIndoor air quality concerns will take ISTC researchers to Alaska as part of a U.S. EPA initiative to study the use of indoor cookstoves for cooking, heat and light. Different biomass fuel sources are traditional in different parts of the world and teams from six universities are assessing emissions through seasonal cycles. 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

Four water research projects were announced Friday, May 30 – the first steps toward a goal of saving one billion gallons of water in Illinois. Grant recipients were selected, in part, for their ability to demonstrate real water savings during fiscal 2015. Additional One Billion Gallon Water Challenge projects may be announced later this year. more on water challenge...

PCBs and Their Impact on IllinoisA one-day workshop "PCBs and Their Impact in Illinois" was held at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) campus on Wednesday, Sept. 17. This workshop brought together expert perspectives representing industry, law, public health, and environmental science, in a public forum on best practices and trends in the management of PCBs. The video recording of the workshop will be available in the near future.  For more about the PCB workshop...

2013 Annual Report

cover of the 2013 annual report The 2013 ISTC Annual Report is available online. It features a wide range of activities at the Center that address issues related to pollution prevention, resource conservation, waste reduction and reuse, and sustainable economic development that impact Illinois and the global community.

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