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Governor’s Sustainability Award Luncheon and Awards Ceremony Registration Now Open!

Governor's Award TrophyCome learn about businesses and organizations in Illinois that are being recognized for making great strides in their sustainability efforts! Registration is now open for the 2014 Governor's Sustainability Award Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. For over 25 years, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center has presented the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award to organizations in Illinois that demonstrate a commitment to our economy, society and environment through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.

This year's event will be held Thursday, October 23, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, at 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL. Jeff Malehorn, President and CEO of World Business Chicago, will provide the keynote address on "Transformative Strategies for Economic Growth and Jobs". Prior to the luncheon, from 9:30 – 11:45 a.m. there will be a technical symposium featuring a variety of speakers discussing their organizations' success stories with sustainable practices.

Dining Services Lends a Helping Hand to Campus Recycling Pilot

Picture of Nitrile GlovesA pilot program with University of Illinois Housing and Dining Services is recycling rubber gloves to be used in new products. Taken up across campus, the work could keep 3.2 million Illini gloves out of landfills annually.” more on the recycling pilot...

Federal Economic Development Strategy Includes ISTC Sustainability Expertise

Picture of Florida-Orachard PrairieISTC, with nearly 30 years of experience in improving sustainability in Illinois industries, has joined a partnership in the Chicago Metro Region to renew manufacturing industry growth through workforce development, supply chain improvements, technological innovation, and focused efforts of local governments and planning agencies. more about sustainable industry growth...

Maturing Plot Opens a Window on Campus to a Prairie State of Mind

Picture of Florida-Orachard PrairieA rainy 2014 and dedicated husbandry are at last allowing discerning visitors to Florida Avenue and Orchard Street at the U of I to enter a Prairie State...prairie. more on the prairie patch...

ISTC Initiatives

IL Green Office Challenge logo The Illinois Green Office Challenge is program patterned after the Chicago Green Office Challenge that encourages friendly competition amongst office buildings to achieve energy and water conservation and waste reduction. It aims to make Illinois more livable, sustainable, and prosperous.


Homes Still Needed
Indoor Climate Research & Training's Low-cost Radon Reduction Pilot Study

House with attached garage The Indoor Climate Research and Training program is conducting a pilot study on radon reduction through low-cost measures. For more information regarding the study, please follow the link to the ICRT website.


Indoor Air Quality Researchers Participate in Alaska Cookstove Study

Varities of Common CookstovesIndoor air quality concerns will take ISTC researchers to Alaska as part of a U.S. EPA initiative to study the use of indoor cookstoves for cooking, heat and light. Different biomass fuel sources are traditional in different parts of the world and teams from six universities are assessing emissions through seasonal cycles. more on indoor air quality research...

Sketch of a faucet with water flowing out to form the word 'one' for the one billion gallon water challengeBillion Gallon Water Challenge

Four water research projects were announced Friday, May 30 – the first steps toward a goal of saving one billion gallons of water in Illinois. Grant recipients were selected, in part, for their ability to demonstrate real water savings during fiscal 2015. Additional One Billion Gallon Water Challenge projects may be announced later this year. more on water challenge...


PCBs and Their Impact on IllinoisA one-day workshop "PCBs and Their Impact in Illinois" was held at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) campus on Wednesday, Sept. 17. This workshop brought together expert perspectives representing industry, law, public health, and environmental science, in a public forum on best practices and trends in the management of PCBs. The video recording of the workshop will be available in the near future.  For more about the PCB workshop...


2013 Annual Report

cover of the 2013 annual report The 2013 ISTC Annual Report is available online. It features a wide range of activities at the Center that address issues related to pollution prevention, resource conservation, waste reduction and reuse, and sustainable economic development that impact Illinois and the global community.

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