Significantly impact waste reduction efforts on community college campuses
Support efforts to implement reduction, recycling, reuse, and compost programs on college campuses and within their local communities
The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust
IGEN is partnering with Seven Generations Ahead to distribute its economic market study report that uses modeling to forecast job creation and the state sales tax revenue potential of a robust food scrap composting industry in Illinois, and charts recommended strategies for moving forward.
Seven Generations Ahead is disseminating this report as part of a larger project with a long-term goal to expand local, sustainable Illinois food production through development of a viable food scrap composting industry. The project will create demand for food scraps through education, policy, and pilot projects, while driving infrastructure development and targeted investments.
IGEN and Seven Generations Ahead are also offering two webinars. The first webinar, Conducting a Waste Assessment on Campus, was on Thursday, April 26 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Download the presentation and listen to/watch the recording.
The second webinar, Reducing Wasted Food through Campus Composting and Food Recovery, is on Tuesday, May 22 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Register now!
For more information, please contact Katie Davis, Interim Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 543-2645.
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).
IGEN, in partnership with HeartLands Conservancy, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, University of Illinois Chicago Energy Resources Center, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, supported a feasibility study, conducted by NEAtech, related to the anaerobic digestion of manure waste from dairy farms in Clinton County. The study focused on developing a community-based system for manure management with methane recovery and use. This work demonstrated that:
- An anaerobic digestion facility for management of manure is feasible in the Clinton County.
- Such a facility could provide a safe method for managing dairy farm manure.
- Anaerobic digestion technology is a viable source of renewable energy using dairy manure and other sources of organic materials such as feedstock.
For more information, please contact Robert Hilgenbrink.
IGEN has partnered with the The Illinois Recycling Association to co-sponsor training workshops for Illinois colleges and universities, along with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and the City Colleges of Chicago. The next workshop will take place on September 14, 2015 and will be held at Chicago Marriott O’Hare. For more information please direct questions to Wynne Coplea, President of the Illinois Recycling Association, or visit the www.illinoisrecycles.org.
Waste audits provide an institution with an understanding of the types and amount of recyclables and wastes generated, and the methods by which these items are currently managed. The waste assessment also provides a baseline against which to review waste reduction options and measure program performance. Data from higher education institutions across the state are aggregated to record progress towards the State’s 40% recycling goal.