ISTC in the News

Gillian Flippo, an intern with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, recaps the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's recent Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference.

Carter O'Brien, chair of the Green Team at the Chicago Field Museum of Natural Sciences, will be presenting a seminar to students and faculty on institutionalizing sustainability.

"My goal is to give students at the University of Illinois sort of an exposure to a lot of the things (they) might be learning about in school," O'Brien said.

Natalie Kenny Marquez of Urbana Public Television's program "It's All About U" takes a trip to the Illini Gadget Garage.
The conference organizers - the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois - are requesting abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations at the Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference (ECAEC18) to be held on June 5-6, 2018, at the I-Hotel in Champaign, IL.

Presentations will be accepted on the latest in emerging contaminant research, policies, outreach, and education. A special session will focus on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), which includes perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

Researchers, educators, businesses, government officials, regulatory agencies, policy makers, outreach and extension professionals, environmental groups, members of the general public, and medical, veterinary, and public health professionals are encouraged to submit abstracts.

Oral presentation abstracts are due on March 12, 2018.

Poster presentation abstracts are due on April 16, 2018.

Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute that examines the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria.
Registration for the next Champaign County residential electronics recycling collection event -- including most residents of the county -- will begin online at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The actual collection will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Parkland College in Champaign. Only those who register in advance can participate.
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant-funded researchers at ISTC revealed that Illinois may be an environmentally-sustainable and economically-viable location for production of marine fish, particularly for striped bass.