Abstract: A dozen organizations have earned recognition for their efforts to purchase "green" electronics, reduce energy and paper use and responsibly divert e-scrap. The government and nonprofit organizations received awards through the State Electronics Challenge, a program managed by the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC). Those receiving awards for the first time include Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, Chewonki Foundation, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and the City of Fort Collins.
Abstract: In an effort to make campus more eco-friendly and closer to a zero-waste initiative, 20 new recycling bins with standardized signage were installed on the Quad this month, making 30 total recycling/landfill stations. The project was completed by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC). According to the project's leader Bart Bartels, technical assistance engineer at ISTC, the center makes recommendations and completes projects aiming to reduce waste emissions on campus. This zero-waste initiative is part of the goal of the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP), the University's mission to make campus carbon neutral by 2050.
Abstract: Since 2009, MEEA has participated in the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Building America research program as a member of the Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit (PARR). Alongside team lead Gas Technology Institute and other members such as Elevate Energy, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and Future Energy Enterprises, MEEA has been spotlighted by the Building America program in their latest newsletter. PARR's central goal is to increase the quality and uptake of residential retrofits by demonstrating innovative, scalable and cost-effective solutions that enable market transformation.
Abstract: This article provides an overview of the Prairie Research Institute's Naturally Illinois Expo, and includes quotes from ISTC's Bart Bartels, Beth Meschewski, and Nancy Holm. It also provides information about the Expo being a zero waste event.
ISTC Intern Madeline Kull is featured in the spring issue of Postmarks. http://news.illinois.edu/postmarks.html; like the U of I facebook post at https://www.facebook.com/illinois.edu/posts/10153276194669905
Abstract: The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards.The deadline for submitting your application is close of business May 22, 2015.
Abstract: Four area businesses have distinguished themselves with sustainability awards, including the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards. Experts see a trend that is speeding up.
Abstract: Alaska's Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority reports on ISTC's EPA-funded research to monitor both indoor and outdoor air quality in areas that use wood burning appliances to heat their homes.
Abstract: One jewel in the Mud-to-Parks Project crown is the prairie park land at the old U.S. Steel South Works site. ISTC research affiliate John Marlin closed out the project last year. This gallery from the Chicagoist combines historic photos and current shots by photographer Chuck Walla.
Abstract: This year's U. of I. Homecoming game against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers is about more than Orange and Blue -- it's also about green. Various campus and community partners are working together to raise awareness and have a positive lasting impact at the inaugural zero-waste football game. Hundreds of volunteers from the Champaign-Urbana community will assist the thousands of spectators in reducing waste.