Author Archives: Jim Dexter

About Jim Dexter

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

Now There Is an ‘I’ in Green, Art, and Krannert

“Are you responsible for this?” asked a man hurrying by and pointing to a massive Block-I sculpture in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts lobby. “Great job!”   Hursh Hazari and Nahid Akarm, first-time artists of monumental found object … Continue reading

Proper Disposal of Unwanted Drugs Getting Easier

      Saturday April 30 is National Prescription Take-Back Day in the U.S.A. The Drug Enforcement Administration has organized a network of local law enforcement agencies to accept unwanted or expired human or veterinary drugs and to educate the … Continue reading

Chicago Wants You for a Greener NFL Draft Town

    The NFL Draft (April 28-30) is coming back to Chicago this year and the Chicago Sports Commission is looking for qualified volunteers to support the Green Team! The Green Team will be responsible for ensuring fans are recycling … Continue reading

Prairie Research Institute’s Large-Scale Watersheds Initiative Recognized Today at White House Water Summit

  ISTC NEWS   Initiative Aims to Calculate ‘Value’ of Entire Illinois River Watersheds CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The White House Water Summit today highlighted the Resilient Watersheds Initiative of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois in its announcement … Continue reading

Tuesday’s White House Water Summit to Focus on Sustainable Solutions

  Watch out for the White House Water Summit #WHWaterSummit from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, March 22. The event will feature live streaming of a series of lighting talks on the challenges we face and innovative solutions … Continue reading

Become an Environmental Champion

ISTC NEWS Apply for the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award Program Illinois sustainability champions have been recognized every year since 1987 through the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards (IGSA). [In earlier years called the Illinois Governor’s Pollution Preventions Awards]   Applications are now … Continue reading

Assay of Archaeological Find Reveals Desperate Times for the Sick in 1850

ISTC NEWS Early American ‘Medicine’ Probed by Archaeometry  Life was hard in 1850. Tuberculosis (consumption) was rampant, and one was likely to be dead by 40. The tubercle bacillus was not discovered until 1882, and was not treatable until the … Continue reading

Sharma Named Fellow of National Engineering Society

ISTC NEWS   B.K. Sharma, senior research engineer at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, has been elected a fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE).   Fellows are selected based on their significant impact on the field. … Continue reading

Sen. Durbin Backs Research to Capture More Carbon from Coal Plants

ISTC NEWS Senator Supports Plan to Capture More Carbon for Beneficial Use   Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) toured the Abbott Power Plant at the University of Illinois on Jan. 15 for a briefing on Prairie Research Institute (PRI) research to … Continue reading

Green Your Office, Join the Challenge

Registration is now open for the 2016 Illinois Green Office Challenge (IGOC), a friendly competition to see which Illinois organization can accumulate the most points by conserving energy and water, reducing waste, and saving money.   The competition will launch … Continue reading