Author Archives: Jim Dexter

About Jim Dexter

Communications Coordinator, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Recycling in America Goes Home, But Can it Go BIG?

Happy America Recycles Day!   This annual upbeat reminder that “we use too much, buy too much, and toss too much” shines a light on a society that more and more gets it.   At our homes and schools, the … Continue reading

Air, Water, Soil: Prairie Research Institute Researchers Host Chinese Peers

  Scientists from seven Chinese universities visited the University of Illinois July 11-13 to compare research goals and approaches in their efforts for cleaner air, water and soil. The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) China Workshop deepened relationships begun in recent … Continue reading

Nest-turned-hive requires rescue mission

  A valuable bumble bee colony was rescued from the loading dock at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) last week and is now is a colony-in-residence at the entomology lab at Illinois State University (ISU) in Bloomington.   John … Continue reading

Jobs and growth can help halt greenhouse gas

Experts worldwide are meeting this week in Calabria, Italy to focus on ways to deploy carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies.   Today Kevin OBrien, who leads both the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and the Illinois State Water … Continue reading

Small companies save big with tech advice

  A model program to provide technical assistance services to underserved rural areas of Illinois has generated $24 million in savings of energy, water, and waste over its first eight years.   In smaller, rural communities technical assistance professionals usually … Continue reading

Army to pilot ISTC innovation to improve installation resilience, energy security

  The U.S. Army has funded a project to demonstrate technology developed on the University of Illinois’ South Farm that disposes of wastewater biosolids by turning them into energy.   The Army has embraced a range of innovations in its … Continue reading

National Guard thanks ISTC for 20 years of environmental assistance

The Illinois Department of Military Affairs (IDMA) recognized the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) for its “long, outstanding and professional support” during a ceremony at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, on April 28.   ISTC is a division of the Prairie Research … Continue reading

Illinois Sustainability Award keynote shows power of green business

With one week left to submit entries for the 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award, ISTC has released the video of one of the 2016 Awards Ceremony’s Keynote Speakers — John Bradburn, Global Waste Reduction Manager at General Motors Corporation.   Bradburn’s … Continue reading

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

    After two years a project to invigorate 22 acres near Windsor and Lincoln at the U of I is bringing the plot closer to its “natural” state.   This high profile territory had become a thicket of brambles, … Continue reading

Sustainable Laboratories Keep their Cool with Scientific Rigor

  Laboratories at ISTC ‘got chill’ on March 7 as they got busy with the 2017 North American Laboratory Freezer Challenge.   The Challenge promotes sample accessibility, sample integrity, reduced costs, and energy efficiency by recognizing best practices that support … Continue reading