Author Archives: Jim Dexter

About Jim Dexter

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

Businesses in Central Illinois Taking Up Green Challenge

The Illinois Green Office Challenge is picking up steam in it’s goal to green-up Central Illinois businesses.   CBS affiliate WYZZ Channel 31 last night reported on The Ecology Action Center’s partnership with the U of I’s Illinois Sustainable Technology … Continue reading

Events Promote Sustainability Awareness at Home and Far-Far Away

Director, writer and actress Angela Sun will visit the Urbana-Champaign campus at 6 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 21 for a screening of her film “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” The documentary records the plight of the natural ecosystem of … Continue reading

PCBs: Public Workshop Takes Fresh Look at Familiar Menace

The University of Illinois will present a free public workshop on PCBs, the synthetic molecule that is a poster child for a wonderful technical innovation that ends up being an environmental scourge (remember ice-nine?). PCBs are still around and still … Continue reading

PCBs Not Going to Clinton, But A Solution Still Needed

Now that the U.S. and Illinois Environmental Protection Agencies have rejected proposals for permanent PCB storage at the Clinton Landfill, the problem has not gone away.   Just what is to be done with the once common industrial chemical turned persistent … Continue reading

New ‘Lessons Learned’ Offered on Sustainability Successes

ISTC has posted recent case studies or fact sheets on its website developed by its Technical Assistance Group. They are also available on IDEALS, the University of Illinois’ Institutional repository. They illustrate victories by leading companies and organizations in E3 … Continue reading

Midwest Biochar Conference Approaches

There is just one more week to register for the Second Midwest Biochar Conference. The Illinois Biochar Group, with the help of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as co-organizers, will present this look at … Continue reading

Springfield Newspaper Features People, Planet, Profit Approach at ISTC

A lengthy article in the Springfield’s Illinois Times yesterday examined the practical, progressive approach to sustainable action  at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. It is called the “Triple Bottom Line,” describing an approach to balance the interests of the planet, … Continue reading

Tiny Plastic Pollutants Banned in Illinois

Why did Illinois pull the plug on the use of plastic microbeads as exfoliants? ISTC’s B.K. Sharma and Nancy Holm offer insights on the trouble with microbeads in the “A Minute With…” feature on the U of I website. ISTC has … Continue reading

Middle Schoolers Celebrate Clean Power on Earth Day

On Earth Day, April 22, Jefferson Middle School hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of their 3.5 kW h wind turbine project. The clean energy project was funded by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, ISTC, and high … Continue reading

Kids Invited to ‘Reuse and Rediscover’ at Ill. State Museum

Families with children aged 3-10 will find a fun day of art and science at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. “Reuse and Rediscover” is a free event from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Everyday items that clog … Continue reading