University of Illinois Homecoming goes green with gameday recycling challenge

Read the full story from the University of Illinois.

This year’s U. of I. Homecoming game against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers is about more than Orange and Blue – it’s also about green. Various campus and community partners are working together to raise awareness and have a positive lasting impact at the inaugural zero-waste football game. Hundreds of volunteers from the Champaign-Urbana community will assist the thousands of spectators in reducing waste…

Leading this cooperative initiative are ISTC; the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics; Facilities and Services; and the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment. To volunteer for the event, sign up at: Organizers hope to have many students involved in making this event a success.

Nationwide, the Game Day Recycling Challenge is a partnership of the College and University Recycling Coalition, RecycleMania and Keep America Beautiful, and is supported by EPA’s WasteWise program.

Supporters of the cause are encouraged to like the Fighting Illini Gameday Recycling Challenge Facebook page at

For more information, contact Bart Bartels at

Stream Discovery workshop for Illinois educators Nov. 14th

Have you ever wanted to involve your class or student group in a citizen science project collecting and analyzing real scientific data!?

Have you ever wanted to help protect Illinois streams and rivers but don’t know where to start?!

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center invites you to attend a Stream Discovery training workshop November 14th from noon-5pm at Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL.  Stream Discovery is a statewide program that offers educators the resources and materials to involve their class in citizen science stream monitoring and water quality analysis. Monitoring includes a habitat, chemical, and a biological survey (includes catching macroinvertebrates like dragonfly and mayfly nymphs) on a wadeable stream near your school or organization. Workshop attendees will also receive access to our online database designed by National Geographic to upload and share pictures and data.

This workshop is part of the Mississippi River Watershed Education Symposium being conducted Nov. 14-15th, featuring keynote speakers Chad Pregracke of Living Lands and Waters and Sean O’Connnor of National Geographic. Please visit to register. Cost is $55 for the conference, plus $25 dollars for the Stream Discovery workshop. If you would like to attend the Stream Discovery workshop, but not the conference, then please e-mail to be put on the workshop list.

Registration deadline is 1 week before the workshop. Registration is limited, first come first-served! Sign up today!

Contact Matt Young, Illinois RiverWatch Coordinator for more information.

FIT offering Algae Technology Research Grant

Read the full post in Algae Industry Magazine.

Scarborough, Maine-based laboratory instrumentation manufacturer Fluid Imaging Technologies, has announce the Algae Technology Research Grant. Graduate students and senior undergraduates enrolled at a North American college or university who are studying advanced uses of algae for biofuels, plastics, nutraceuticals or other commercial applications are encouraged to apply for the use of a FlowCAM® to support their research.

Winner of the competitive award will receive the following:

  • Use of a FlowCAM® for a period of up to four months
  • Comprehensive instrument training and on-going technical support
  • A paid trip to the 2015 ABO Algae Biomass Summit (or other appropriate North American conference within 12 months of completion of project)

Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER)

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014.

Established in 1980 and funded primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), The Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER) is committed to providing “scientific expertise, research platforms, and long-term datasets necessary to document and analyze environmental change.” The site is arranged for four broad types of users: Researchers, Educators & Students, Media Professionals, and Decision Makers. Information for researchers includes a link to the LTER data portal (a separate site, ) and instructions on how to write a data plan for an NSF grant.

Similarly, the Educators & Students area links to the LTER Education Digital Library, also a separate site ( ), with a searchable collection of lesson plans.  “Analyzing the Data: It’s time to tell the story about Buds, Leaves and Global Warming” is a wonderful 2-class period project for students in grades 6-8 or 9-12 to measure how the timing of fall’s colored leaves is changing. Press releases make up the majority of the Media Professionals section, while the area for decision makers is populated with LTER Key Research Findings. These are presented as short reports with citations and are designed to be easily built into the talking points of a public presentation. [DS]

Introducing the Greening Sports Directory (GSD)

The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center has developed the Greening Sports Directory, a comprehensive directory of local, regional, and national contacts and resources to help sports facilities green their operations. Read more about it over on the GLRPPR Blog.

Webinar: Sustainable Printing: Panel Discussion on Paper, Ink and Going Digital

Wed, Oct 22, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
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Sustainable printing is about more than just using recycled-content paper. It encompasses inks, printer settings, processes and much more in addition to paper—including doing away with printing altogether in some cases. Sports teams, venues, and leagues are embracing innovative ways to not only reduce paper waste, but to minimize the impact of the entire printing process. Deciding where to start and navigating all the options can be daunting, but our webinar panelists will shed light on more environmentally-friendly practices around printing, sharing valuable insights that Alliance members can implement right away.

For this webinar, we have assembled an all-star panel of experts on sustainable printing practices, including sports teams, industry partners, and NGO’s. We will learn about current sustainable printing practices in the sports industry, as well as future possibilities.


  • Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council & Board of Directors, Green Sports Alliance (Moderator)
  • Ian Hanna, Director of Strategic Development, FSC International
  • Molly Ray, Environmental Solutions Manager | Office Depot, Inc.
  • Christina Reeves, Sustainability Consultant | Progressive Associates & Xcel Energy Center
  • Harlan Roberts, National Sales, bluemedia
  • Jeff Shaw, President | SEEDS Green Printing and Design
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Speaker TBD)

Questions? Email Membership Director David Muller at