Author Archives: Jim Dexter

About Jim Dexter

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

Illinois Sustainability Award keynote shows power of green business

With one week left to submit entries for the 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award, ISTC has released the video of one of the 2016 Awards Ceremony’s Keynote Speakers — John Bradburn, Global Waste Reduction Manager at General Motors Corporation.   Bradburn’s … Continue reading

Volunteers flip this corner of campus for a ‘natural’ makeover

    After two years a project to invigorate 22 acres near Windsor and Lincoln at the U of I is bringing the plot closer to its “natural” state.   This high profile territory had become a thicket of brambles, … Continue reading

Sustainable Laboratories Keep their Cool with Scientific Rigor

  Laboratories at ISTC ‘got chill’ on March 7 as they got busy with the 2017 North American Laboratory Freezer Challenge.   The Challenge promotes sample accessibility, sample integrity, reduced costs, and energy efficiency by recognizing best practices that support … Continue reading

New Research Helps Narrow the Choice Between Affordable and Long-Lasting Roads

  A two-year study of asphalt binders will improve the use of recycled material in making long-lasting roads.   Asphalt binders, a key to affordable, long-lasting roads, have surrendered some of their secrets thanks to a two-year examination of their … Continue reading

Challenges of Carbon Utilization Have Regional Solutions

Emerging technologies for carbon dioxide (CO2) utilization present significant opportunities for job creation and economic growth, said Kevin O’Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at … Continue reading

Electric Coops Seek Veterans for Skill Positions

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has job openings and wants America’s veterans to apply.   The organization’s “Serve Our Coops/Serve Our Country” initiative has established a website to tap into the skills of armed forces veterans to join the energy … Continue reading

Tiny Scavenger Proves Apex Predator in Oil Spill Clean Up

When there is an oil spill in a body of water, booms are used to contain it so the contamination can be collected. The aftermath still leaves a sheen of oil that response teams then attempt to keep from devastating … Continue reading

ActGreen Summit Drives Sustainable Business Future

  ISTC Director Kevin C. O’Brien served on the keynote panel for ActGreen’s 3rd Annual Green Business Summit Saturday at the ACES Library.   ActGreen is a student leadership group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which prepares future … Continue reading

Biobased Lubricants Improving, Gaining Favor in Natural Workzones

  Non-petroleum biobased machine lubricants are an increasingly important strategy for preventing pollution in environmentally sensitive work places, such as for forest, agricultural, and marine applications. The new book Environmentally Friendly and Biobased Lubricants by Brajendra K. Sharma and Girma … Continue reading

In Race to Capture Carbon Dioxide, Remember the Need to Use It

The capture and utilization of CO2 provides a unique opportunity to create jobs and build new markets. Illinois is leading this charge, said ISTC Director Kevin O’Brien today in a presentation at the International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT-13) … Continue reading