Author Archives: Jim Dexter

About Jim Dexter

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

Student-Staff Leadership Boosts U of I Campus Recycling Record

People at the University of Illinois who care about recycling think about changing human behavior. They wonder how to make the distinction between the landfill bin and the recycle bin so convenient and so obvious that even the most stressed … Continue reading

ISTC Laboratories Contribute to Biomedical Breakthrough

Labs at ISTC participated in a biomedical breakthrough by Beckman Institute faculty who developed a fast and inexpensive way to produce carbon nanoparticles. Measurements by John Scott, ISTC senior chemist, helped demonstrate that the particles can carry payloads of pharmaceutical … Continue reading

PCB Expert to Update Legacy and Emerging Issues at A&WMA Union League Club

Amanda Hughes, one of the star experts at the Prairie Research Institute’s Sept. 17 workshop on “PCBs and Their Impact in Illinois” will be the special guest speaker at the Air & Waste Management Association, Lake Michigan States Section June Environmental Breakfast … Continue reading

The Army is Greenest in Workplace Sustainability

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Construction Engineering Research Laboratories in Champaign was the 2015 champion for green workplace achievements. It and nine other winners of the first Illinois Green Office Challenge were announced Thursday. Find out about all the … Continue reading

College, University Recyclers Set the Stage for Generation ‘Green’

College and university administrators going to the Illinois Recycling Association’s (IRA) June workshops for higher education will be inspired by the great ideas included on The Best Colleges dot org website. ISTC is one of the sponsors of two training workshops … Continue reading

Eco-heroes, Bargain Hunters Need Apply

Technophiles, fashionistas and Earth Citizens take note: Volunteers at the University YMCA’s 2015 Dump & Run get exclusive, first dibs on the quality clothing, electronics and other cool stuff that students tend to chuck, not carry, at year’s end.   … Continue reading

Three Tips on the Road to a Great Governor’s Award Application

If your organization has done a lot in the name of sustainability – from projects that save money and resources to initiatives that strengthen the people and communities you work for – what are you waiting for? The Governor’s Sustainability … Continue reading

Brother, Can You Spare Eleven Trillion Gallons?

No.   Our Center’s One Billion Gallon Water Challenge has asked Illinoisans  to think about innovations and behavior changes to cut our use of water significantly. It is not an easy goal. Eleven trillion gallons boggles the mind.   California’s 25 … Continue reading

Carbon: Humanity’s Home Hides Hazards

Methane (CH4) is 30 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2.   Today, The Washington Post’s story on mysterious craters forming in Siberia reports that the phenomenon might be evidence of methane escaping from melting permafrost.   Last … Continue reading

Zero is the Favorite Number for Waste Fighter

ISTC’s Bart Bartels has joined the Purchasing, Waste, and Recycling  SWATeam at the U of I. It is one of six SWATeams (Sustainability Working Advisory Teams) helping evaluate the university’s progress since the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP). Their … Continue reading