University of Illinois Facilities and Services Energy Conservation Video

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Facilities & Services’ Utilities & Energy Services Division provides an in-depth look at energy production and distribution systems on the Urbana campus and the energy conservation measures helping to shape Illinois’ energy future.

The Sordid Present and Bright Future of Freecycling

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Freecycling is, very simply, the exchange of goods for free. As a concept, it’s as old as humans, but as an online platform, it dates back to 2003, when Freecycle, driven by Yahoo groups, was launched. Now a global platform for freecycling via local freecycling communities, Freecycle is straightforward, useful and familiar.

But in a digital climate where newer, faster and better is a mantra, being 10 years old and familiar can be a liability. The next generation of freecyclers are here and they are sleek, social and well-branded.

Facebook has made freecycling easier than ever and emerging Freecycle-like platforms that offer reputation systems, social media integration, mobile apps, points and rewards are taking a run at the freecycling game. Add to the equation the fact that Freecycle’s founder, Deron Beal, has a reputation for being an autocrat, and the future of freecycling becomes less clear.

Midwest Biochar Conference – Call for Abstracts

The Midwest Biochar Conference will be held on June 14, 2013, at the I-Hotel Conference Center in Champaign, IL.  The event will be from 8 – 4:30 pm with a reception following from 4:30 – 6 pm.

Conference information and the abstract submission form can be found at

The deadline for abstracts is March 22, 2013.  The conference agenda will be posted at the end of April.  Conference registration will open on May 1, 2013.

Illinois Biochar Group spring meeting – April 5, 2013


Noon – 1 pm       Seminar by Dr. Sandeep Agnihotri on “Porosity of Biochar”  (Plan to bring your lunch and attend.) If you cannot attend the seminar at ISTC, you may view the webinar live by registering at:

1:15 – 3:30 pm   Meeting with updates by members on their biochar work

Attendance for the seminar and meeting is free and open to the public.

For those who would like to give a 5-10 min. update on their biochar project, please contact Nancy Holm at by March 1.

The agenda for the meeting will be sent out by March 7.