Monthly Archives: February 2017

New Research Helps Narrow the Choice Between Affordable and Long-Lasting Roads

  A two-year study of asphalt binders will improve the use of recycled material in making long-lasting roads.   Asphalt binders, a key to affordable, long-lasting roads, have surrendered some of their secrets thanks to a two-year examination of their … Continue reading

Upcoming Environmental Conference

Rising concerns among environmental scientists over a multitude of contaminants found in water and aquatic life and their impact on human health have prompted ISTC to partner with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant to host an upcoming conference titled, “Emerging Contaminants … Continue reading

Challenges of Carbon Utilization Have Regional Solutions

Emerging technologies for carbon dioxide (CO2) utilization present significant opportunities for job creation and economic growth, said Kevin O’Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at … Continue reading

Electric Coops Seek Veterans for Skill Positions

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has job openings and wants America’s veterans to apply.   The organization’s “Serve Our Coops/Serve Our Country” initiative has established a website to tap into the skills of armed forces veterans to join the energy … Continue reading

Tiny Scavenger Proves Apex Predator in Oil Spill Clean Up

When there is an oil spill in a body of water, booms are used to contain it so the contamination can be collected. The aftermath still leaves a sheen of oil that response teams then attempt to keep from devastating … Continue reading

Illini Gadget Garage Spring 2017 Open Hours, Pop-up Clinics

The Illini Gadget Garage, a collaborative repair center on the UI campus where students, staff, faculty, and community members can receive assistance with troubleshooting and repair of their personally owned electronics and small appliances with electronic components, has established its … Continue reading

ActGreen Summit Drives Sustainable Business Future

  ISTC Director Kevin C. O’Brien served on the keynote panel for ActGreen’s 3rd Annual Green Business Summit Saturday at the ACES Library.   ActGreen is a student leadership group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which prepares future … Continue reading

Emerging Contaminants in Our Aquatic Environments

Americans landfilled 136 million tons of material in 2014. Food, plastics, and in fact, most of what was landfilled could have been recycled or composted. Of particular concern is the more than four percent of waste classified as ‘other,’ which … Continue reading