Volunteers flip this corner of campus for a ‘natural’ makeover

Read the full story at the ISTC Blog. After two years a project to invigorate 22 acres near Windsor and Lincoln at the University of Illinois is bringing the plot closer to its “natural” state. This high profile territory had become a thicket of brambles, invasive species, and dead plants. “I became disgusted,” said John …

Making the Bed Just Right for Alkali Bees

Read the full story from the Agricultural Research Service. Last summer, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist Jim Cane spent a week visiting alfalfa fields near the town of Touchet, in Walla Walla County, Washington. He wasn’t scouting for insect threats or damage to the legume crop. Instead, he was collecting data on the alkali bee, …

U.S. Steel chemical spill closes beaches, EPA measuring environmental damage

Read the full story in the Post-Tribune. A spill at the U.S. Steel plant in Portage this week leaked a toxic chemical into Burns Waterway, a Lake Michigan tributary, forcing the closure of beaches in and around the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and leaving officials scrambling to determine the extent of damage caused to the …

Sustainability Treehouse

Read the full story and see the stunning photos in Dwell. In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America made conservation a stronger focus of the organization by introducing a new sustainability merit badge and opening an educational center in the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. Using the Living Building Challenge as a guide …

ISTC Sustainability Seminar: Lake and Wetland Restoration: A Tale of Three Systems

April 27, 2017 , noon-1pm CST In person at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign) or online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8018105363431916803 Presented by Alan Steinman, Ph.D. -- Director of Grand Valley State University's Annis Water Resources Institute (MI) Excess nutrient runoff is negatively impacting aquatic ecosystems in the Great Lakes and throughout the …