ISTC News Highlights

man driving forklift loading boxes of vegetables onto a semi-truck

Rendleman Orchards worker loads boxes onto a truck for delivery to a food bank (photo credit: Zach Samaras)

TAP project helps Rendleman Orchard get surplus fruit to food banks

ISTC and Feeding Illinois partnered with Rendleman Orchards during the 2021 growing season to ensure no fruit went to waste. Read the Rendleman Orchards Farm to Foodbank case study.


leafy green plant growing in rich dark brown soil

Scientists study ways to reduce PPCPs transferred from soils to food plants

The debate continues: how much risk to human health is the transfer of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) through soils to food plants when biosolids, sewage effluents, and animal wastes are applied to fields? As scientists speculate and study the factors that affect risk, researchers at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) are finding innovative solutions to remove PPCPs before they contaminate the vegetables and fruits we consume.


Energy Secretary Granholm tours UIUC sustainable energy projects

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm tours PRI carbon management projects

On Dec. 9, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm toured several U of I sustainable energy projects, including PRI’s carbon capture efforts at Abbott Power Plant. During the visit she also heard about PRI's extensive work in carbon sequestration.