ISTC in the News

ISTC researcher Wei Zheng recently received a grant from the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) to develop specially designed biochar to capture and recycle phosphorus. Read FarmWeek’s story about the project here.
In this article from Q Magazine by Laura Schultz, ISTC’s Joy Scrogum helps to answer the question, “what happens to the waste that used to get shipped to China for recycling?”
by Lois Yoksoulian – Physical Sciences Editor of U of I News Bureau Microplastics contaminate the world’s surface waters, yet scientists have only just begun to explore their presence in groundwater systems. A new study is the first to report microplastics in fractured limestone aquifers – a groundwater source that accounts for 25 percent of …
Read the full story from WICS. Springfield’s CWLP power plant is in the running to get $40 million from the feds. “We really want to win this and we think it’ll be beneficial for the city and the state of Illinois,” Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Director Kevin O’Brien said.
Read the full story in the Springfield State Journal-Register. A research center with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is looking for support from the Springfield City Council on a $40 million pilot project that would retrofit City Water, Light and Power’s newest power plant to capture carbon dioxide. Kevin O’Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable …
Northwestern University has launched its first Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan (ISWMP) aimed at reducing waste and protecting the environment by taking a greener approach to waste management. This Plan supports the University’s Strategic Sustainability Plan, which establishes objectives for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste and fostering environmental and ethical stewardship. The ISWMP identifies strategies for meeting …
When you dump expired cold syrup or rinse out an almost empty bottle of lotion into the sink, do you ever consider what chemicals are being introduced into the water supply? The increase of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) entering public water systems was a problem that researchers at the University of Illinois at …
CLC wins state sustainability award, listing on two prestigious media outlets (Lake County News-Sun) In recognition of its efforts to promote environmental sustainability, the College of Lake County recently has made the list of top two-year colleges in Sierra magazine and the Princeton Review. Additionally, CLC received Oct. 23 the Illinois Sustainability Award from the …
Read the full story in the Times (Ottawa). Twenty-seven Illinois companies and organizations were honored Tuesday for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future and improving the economy. The Sheridan Correctional Center in La Salle County was one of them. The winners were announced during a ceremony at the Union League …
Read the full story in the Alton Telegraph. Madison County became one of 27 Illinois companies and organizations recognized this week for protecting the environment, helping sustain the future and improving the economy.