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Illinois Companies, Organizations Honored for Achievements In Sustainability


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Abstract: Nineteen Illinois companies and organizations were honored October 27 for their demonstrated leadership in implementing sustainable principles and practices. The Governor's Sustainability Awards, the "Emmy Awards for Sustainability," were presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) during a ceremony in Chicago. ISTC is a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

More in C-U answering call of 'duty'


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Abstract: Local cities make sure residents have opportunities to recycle. Urbana provides recycling for all of its residents through a municipal program. Champaign requires all waste haulers to provide recycling for all residents. Bart Bartels, a technical assistance engineer at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, discusses some of the efforts made by the University of Illinois to increase awareness of recycling efforts on campus.

DOE Selects Eight Projects to Receive Funding for Reducing the Cost of CO2 Capture and Compression


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Abstract: The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected eight projects to receive funding to construct small- and large-scale pilots for reducing the cost of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and compression through DOE's Carbon Capture Program. ISTC (via the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois) is one of the recipients.

Illini Gadget Garage will provide a space to repair electronics on campus


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Abstract: The goal of the Gadget Garage project -- part of the Sustainable Electronics Initiative at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center -- is to extend the useful life of electronic products and reduce electronic waste.

Recycling containers added in forest preserves


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Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at home


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Abstract: ISTC was a partner in research that found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body's immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues.

State Electronics Challenge announces 2014 award winners


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Abstract: A dozen organizations have earned recognition for their efforts to purchase "green" electronics, reduce energy and paper use and responsibly divert e-scrap. The government and nonprofit organizations received awards through the State Electronics Challenge, a program managed by the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC). Those receiving awards for the first time include Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, Chewonki Foundation, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and the City of Fort Collins.

University of IL: New campus recycling bins aim to bring waste awareness


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Abstract: In an effort to make campus more eco-friendly and closer to a zero-waste initiative, 20 new recycling bins with standardized signage were installed on the Quad this month, making 30 total recycling/landfill stations. The project was completed by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC). According to the project's leader Bart Bartels, technical assistance engineer at ISTC, the center makes recommendations and completes projects aiming to reduce waste emissions on campus. This zero-waste initiative is part of the goal of the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP), the University's mission to make campus carbon neutral by 2050.

US DOE Spotlights MEEA Research Team


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Abstract: Since 2009, MEEA has participated in the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Building America research program as a member of the Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit (PARR). Alongside team lead Gas Technology Institute and other members such as Elevate Energy, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and Future Energy Enterprises, MEEA has been spotlighted by the Building America program in their latest newsletter. PARR's central goal is to increase the quality and uptake of residential retrofits by demonstrating innovative, scalable and cost-effective solutions that enable market transformation.

A sustainable gem: The sixth Naturally Illinois Expo


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Abstract: This article provides an overview of the Prairie Research Institute's Naturally Illinois Expo, and includes quotes from ISTC's Bart Bartels, Beth Meschewski, and Nancy Holm. It also provides information about the Expo being a zero waste event.

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