Illinois: New Law Encourages Schools to Donate Food

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For the past year SCARCE Director Kay McKeen worked with Jennifer Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council to get a state-level bill written and signed into law that would prohibit any language in school food-service contracts that prevented donation of leftover food items. The Food Donation for Schools and Public Agencies bill was signed by Gov. Rauner on July 15, 2016 and took effect immediately.

Improving Household Hazardous Waste Collection Options for East Central Illinois

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center’s latest technical report, Improving Household Hazardous Waste Collection Options for East Central Illinois, assesses the current state of household hazardous waste (HHW) collection activity in Illinois and reviews the options in Champaign County as of January 2013.

It summarizes applicable federal and state regulations, best management practices related to HHW collection, and challenges associated with HHW collection in Champaign County. It also compares the costs of one-day collection events in Illinois and the costs associated with start-up, operation, and processing of permanent HHW collection facilities. Finally, it includes a preliminary “strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats” (SWOT) assessment for three potential options for Champaign County.

Explore Chicago Collections

Explore Chicago Collections lets researchers, teachers and students search many locations at once. Their unified search lets you locate thousands of archival collections and digital images at member institutions all over the Chicago area.

A search of the site for “pollution” yielded eighteen images, including pollution maps from the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Records (pictured below), and fifty-four archival collections, including records from neighborhood environmental groups.

Water Supply and Sewage Treatment: Sources of Pollution Along Little Calumet River
Water Supply and Sewage Treatment: Sources of Pollution Along Little Calumet River [FPDCC_00_01_0015_039, Forest Preserve District of Cook County Records, University of Illinois at Chicago Library.]

New group wants to open flow of water research in Chicago

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A new project wants to unite Chicago’s entrepreneurs, researchers and utility companies to solve water problems — and fan Chicago’s economic flame along the way.

The public-private partnership is called Current, and it’s being led by World Business Chicago. Current’s goal is to bring water research out of labs and put it into the hands of companies and utilities.

NASA Awards SIUE $11.5 Million to Expand Citizen Science Education

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NASA has awarded Southern Illinois University Edwardsville $11.5 million to expand its citizen science and educational activities through CosmoQuest, a second-generation citizen science facility. CosmoQuest Project Director Dr. Pamela Gay, assistant research professor in the SIUE STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Center, will lead the initiative as principal investigator.

Applications now open for the 2016 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards.  This award, which began in 1987, is the nation’s longest standing state environmental award program. Each year, it honors organizations and businesses that have made a commitment to the environment through implementation of outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.

The deadline for submitting applications is close of business May 20, 2016.  Applications will only be accepted electronically.  Application information, evaluation criteria, sample applications and more can be found on ISTC’s website.

This program is open to all public and private Illinois organizations.

Registration for the 2016 Illinois Green Office Challenge is now open

The Illinois Green Office Challenge is a program patterned after the Chicago Green Office Challenge that encourages friendly competition among office buildings to achieve energy and water conservation and waste reduction.

Registration is now open for the 2016 challenge. Competition begins March 1.