Author Archives: Jim Dexter

About Jim Dexter

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

The Illinois Sustainability Award by the Numbers

  Adding metrics to your Illinois Sustainability Award application allows evaluators to truly see the quantitative or qualitative impacts that your organization, program or technology have achieved. Plus, metrics are important for your own use—to tell your story to stakeholders, to … Continue reading

Three Tips on the Road to a Great Illinois Sustainability 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 Illinois Sustainability … Continue reading

The long road of antiseptic chemical concerns leads to a new ban in health care

WRITTEN BY: Katherine Gardiner, ISTC staff   A ban on the use of 24 antiseptic ingredients, including triclosan, for use in health care settings will take effect at the end of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) … Continue reading

Sustainability: A Force for Good in our Galaxy

WRITTEN BY: Katherine Gardiner ISTC staff   You may have heard that a new Star Wars movie came out last week. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, don’t worry, we won’t spoil it for you. But it … Continue reading

Mr. Grinch says ‘demand fast, free shipping at all times’

What a wonderful world when we can shop online and get free two-day shipping.   What could be better?   From a climate perspective, perhaps slower is better.   More than thirty years of engineering have made passenger cars highly … Continue reading

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