Author Archives: bob iverson

Science & Technology at the Market

This fall the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois will be presenting information about several of its research and outreach projects at Urbana’s Market at the Square. Topics include: • September 22 – Waste Biomass Projects: … Continue reading

The Printer’s National Environmental Assistance Center at ISTC

Since its inception in 1995, The Printers’ National Environmental Assistance Center (, has served as a valuable and comprehensive environmental resource for the printing, publishing, and packaging industry. PNEAC is the leading web site for printers and those who assist … Continue reading

IL Sustainable Technology Centers appoints Associate Director

Luis Rodriguez has been named the Associate Director of the ETAP (Emerging Technologies and Assistance Program) team at ISTC. That program provides technical assistance to Illinois businesses for waste, water usage and energy reduction initiatives. Rodriguez formerly was Senior Director … Continue reading

Scientists look to turning plastics into oil

On Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean, a mother albatross returns from a trip out to sea to feed her chick. Unfortunately, she has mistaken a few of the countless, small pieces of plastic in a floating island of garbage … Continue reading

Campus food waste become campus soap

When students who produce sustainable energy generate a “waste product,” they don’t wash their hands of it. They wash their hands with it. Members of the soap group of the Illinois Biodiesel Initiative (IBI), are experimenting with recipes to create … Continue reading

Interns provide help on ISTC programs

ISTC had several student hourly workers and interns joining us for projects this summer. • Nathan Tissier is a junior at the University of Illinois completing his degree in agriculture and biological engineering. He has been providing laboratory support in … Continue reading

Indoor Climate program launches new website.

A new website for the Indoor Climate Research & Training (ICRT) program is now live. It is available at The ICRT program is part of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) … Continue reading

International e-waste competition underway.

Current college/university students and recent graduates have an opportunity to create useful and appealing products from e-waste—computers, printers, cell phones and similar materials that would normally end up in landfills. And their efforts could win them prizes. The International E-Waste … Continue reading

Students seek new uses for discarded laptop computers

Is a laptop computer useless without a hard drive? A group of University of Illinois students doesn’t think so and is exploring new uses for such discarded laptops. Laptops used by government agencies and various industries typically have their hard … Continue reading