Author Archives: Jim Dexter

About Jim Dexter

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

Long Lab Career Feted at ISTC

His retirement cake was festooned with a big black rat.   That was alright with Jerry Bargren. After four decades in U of I labs, “lab rat” is no slight.   He first retired as lab supervisor at the College … Continue reading

Wildlife Biologist to Lead Prairie Research Institute

Mark R. Ryan, a leading wildlife biologist and an expert in conservation and natural resources, has been named the Executive Director of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   Ryan, currently director of the School … Continue reading

Now’s The Time to Recycle Ag-Chemical Containers

The state Agriculture Department is accepting empty agrichemical containers for recycling this month.   Each weekday through Aug. 28, you can drop off empty pesticide containers at daily locations around the state. This Friday, Aug. 14, the collection site will … Continue reading

Superfund Webinar to Cover New Remediation Approaches for PCBs, TCE, Phthalates

The Superfund Research Program (SRP) will present a webinar “TCE, PCBs, and Phthalates – Exposure, Mechanisms of Disease, and Clean-Up Remedies” from noon-2 p.m. CST Monday, Aug. 24.   The webinar is part of SRP’s Progress in Research webinar series … Continue reading

U of I Awarded Second Santucci Greenovation Award for Reducing Solid Waste

The University of Illinois received its second Greenovation Award July 28 from Kimberly-Clark Corporation for its leading role in supporting the recycling of nitrile gloves in its laboratories, kitchens and housing facilities. One of Kimberly-Clark Professional’s RightCycle program’s top performing … Continue reading

Water Expertise at U of I Gathered into New Information Hub

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) launched a new addition to their website on July 30 titled “Water at Illinois” to serve as an information hub for all the water-related research expertise available at the University of Illinois … Continue reading

Researchers Developing Nano-Scale Carbon ‘Scavengers’ As Solution for Oil Spills

ISTC is part of a multidisciplinary team awarded a research seed grant from the University’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) to develop carbon nano particles (CNP) as a more environmentally friendly technique for cleaning up oil spills.   … Continue reading

Cook County Recycling Helps Keep America Beautiful

A zero waste audit by ISTC for the Forest Preserves of Cook County led to an expansion of the parks’ recycling capabilities, thanks to a grant from the Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Recycling Bin Grant Program.   One of the … Continue reading

Free July 30 Event to Help Manufacturers Reduce Utility Costs

Please plan to join fellow manufacturers at 8-10 a.m. July 30th at S & C Electric in Chicago to learn more about incentive programs available for reducing utility costs.  This special event is being hosted by the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium and … Continue reading

Friday – Enjoy the Blues With a Side of Green

Thanks to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for adding a Green Fair to their evening of blues music on Friday, July 17. Come visit your sustainable technology friends from ISTC and other area organizations from 6:30-9 p.m. this … Continue reading