Sewage lagoons remove most – but not all – pharmaceuticals

Read the full story from the University of Illinois. Rural sewage treatment lagoons remove most, but not all, of the pharmaceutical and personal care product and hormone contaminants from wastewater, suggests a new study lead by Wei Zheng, a senior research scientist at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and an adjunct faculty member in the …

Corrected link: Upcoming ISTC seminar — Ecotoxicology of Antimicrobial Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in Illinois Rivers and Streams

My recent post on upcoming ISTC seminars contained an incorrect link. Register for the March 14, 2013 webinar, "Ecotoxicology of Antimicrobial Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in Illinois Rivers and Streams", at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/275190303. I've corrected the original post as well.

EPA Contaminated by Conflict of Interest

Read the full story from PBS Newshour. In September 2010, scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency came to a startling conclusion: Even a small amount of a chemical compound commonly found in tap water may cause cancer. The compound, hexavalent chromium, gained infamy in the Oscar-winning film Erin Brockovich, based on the David-vs.-Goliath legal duel between desert …

States with a green thumb

Read the full story in Sustainable Industries. In 2012, green buildings sprouted up across Illinois like wild flowers (let’s say violets, since we’re talking about the Land of Lincoln.) In fact, last year the state certified 156 LEED projects, representing 25 million square feet of real estate. In total, the state now has more than …

Leading by example: Obama administration releases federal agency strategic sustainability performance plans

Read the full story in Sustainable Industries. Continuing the Obama Administration’s commitment to lead by example and cut waste, pollution, and costs in Federal operations, Federal agencies today released their 2012 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans. President Obama signed Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance in October 2009, setting aggressive …

Ameren customers: Flip the Switch on T12s

T12 fluorescent lamps will be phased out of production due to new federal energy standards. Switch out those T12 fixtures with high-performance T8 or T5 lamps and an electronic ballast - you could see savings of 33% or more on your electric bills each year! Through May 31, 2013, completed T12 retrofit projects will receive a 5% incentive …

ARRA-Funded Energy-Efficiency Program Seeds Private-Sector Financing

Read the full story in Sustainable Communities E-News. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provided billions of dollars in financing to homeowners, businesses, and local governments to invest in energy-efficiency and renewable-energy technology through the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program. The influx of available capital into the residential energy-efficiency market was …