Abstract: Join leaders from industry, academia, government, non-profits, U.S. EPA Region 5, and those involved in the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable's Safer Chemistry Challenge Program for these exciting events: April 1 -- 2, 2014: 2014 Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference: Innovating for Success Learn first-hand about the business case for Green Chemistry and how companies can take advantage of technical assistance opportunities to help them move forward in their own effort to promote sustainability. The purpose of this conference is to show how innovations in green chemistry drive advances in business, academia, policy, and human health protection in the Great Lakes region, and how integration and collaboration of these areas are crucial for success. Possible topics may include the connection between business and green chemistry, resources and tools, chemicals policy, research and education, and the state of the Great Lakes. The conference will include keynotes, plenary sessions, panel sessions, breakout sessions, and a poster networking exchange. There will be a half day GLRPPR meeting on March 31 in conjunction with the conference.
Abstract: Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, ISTC researchers report.
Abstract: The Indoor Climate Research and Training program at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is conducting research funded by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), on contaminant transport from attached garages to adjacent indoor living spaces. We are looking for five (5) subject homes in Champaign County that have an attached garage which is regularly used to park one or more operable vehicles.
Abstract: Kishore Rajagopalan is one of seven Illinois state scientists that have been officially appointed for the first time after Gov. Pat Quinn signed the University of Illinois State Scientific Surveys Act on Aug. 14.
Abstract: In the latest P2 Impact column, Joy Scrogum of ISTC describes how sustainability education is key to solving the e-waste problem.
Abstract: For the past two years, Junhua Jiang, senior research engineer, and a team of researchers at the University's Illinois Sustainable Technology Center have been studying wood biochar supercapacitors as an electrochemical source of power.
Abstract: The second annual Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards recognize excellence and innovation, both in products and services that provide companies with environmental and energy benefits, and in the top projects implemented by companies (or client companies) that improved environmental or energy management and increased the bottom line. Products or projects identified by our judges as exemplary examples of innovation will be named Top Products or Projects of the Year, based on evaluation criteria set out below. Our judging panel consists of renowned experts from companies including LNS Research, Microsoft, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Citigroup, Honeywell Aerospace, GlaxoSmithKline, Owens-Corning, and others, as well as some well-known industry consultants. Entry fee: $597 for first entry, $450 for each additional entry Early Bird entry fee: $497 for first entry, $350 for each additional entry Early Bird Deadline: November 22, 2013 Final Deadline: December 13, 2013
Abstract: Twenty-seven Illinois companies and organizations were honored for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy. The Governor's Sustainability Awards were presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) during a ceremony in Peoria. ISTC is a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.
Abstract: Researchers report that wood-biochar supercapacitors can produce as much power as today's activated-carbon supercapacitors at a fraction of the cost, and with environmentally friendly byproducts. The report appears in Electrochimica Acta.
Abstract: The public has an opportunity to get rid of any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs in their possession as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's "Take Back" collection, which will be held at various locations later this week. A collection in Danville will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Vermilion County Courthouse, 7 N. Vermilion St. Another in Tuscola will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the same day at the Douglas County sheriff's office, 920 S. Washington St.