Applications are now open for the 2017 Illinois Sustainability Awards, the nation’s longest-standing state environmental award program, through which companies, municipalities, and organizations are celebrated for their success in minimizing their environmental impact and maximizing their budget impact by saving money. MORE
A two-year study of asphalt binders will improve the use of recycled material in making long-lasting roads. Research by ISTC, the Illinois Center for Transportation and the Illinois DOT advances knowledge of the role of chemistry and composition on asphalt binders’ performance. MORE
Emerging technologies for carbon dioxide (CO2) utilization present significant opportunities for job creation and economic growth, said Kevin O’Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), in a presentation to the Eighth Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit Feb. 22 in San Antonio, Texas. MORE
Oil spills have a new nemesis in the form of tiny carbon spheres developed by a U of I team, including researchers at ISTC, which have demonstrated more than 80 percent removal rate while accelerating natural remediation of the remainder. The work, the result of funding by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE), was reported in Nature Publishing, a publication of Scientific Reports. MORE
Non-petroleum biobased lubricants are an increasingly important strategy for preventing pollution in environmentally sensitive workplaces, such as forest, agricultural, and marine applications. B.K. Sharma’s new book focuses on the promising area of eco-friendly lubricants made from vegetable oil. MORE
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Billion Gallon Water Challenge
ISTC is encouraging people, businesses, organizations and others to help reduce water consumption in Illinois. It has a goal of saving one billion gallons as part of its One Billion Gallon Water Challenge efforts.