Category Archives: Prairie Research Institute

Take a Good Look at the Bad Old Days, and How Science Saved the Future

The 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) gathered together many of the original leaders of the effort to get a handle on hazardous pollution in the environment.   It was a valuable window into the spirit … Continue reading

Fluorescent Food Coloring Suggests Cheap Tag for Fracking Water Tracking

A multi-disciplinary team at the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a quick and inexpensive technique to screen for water contamination from fracking oil recovery operations. The technique targets fluorescent compounds in the “produced” … Continue reading

U of Illinois Power Plant Proposed as Testbed for Major Carbon Capture Advance

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected a multi-national team led by the University of Illinois to develop a proposal for retrofitting the University’s Abbott Power Plant in order to capture the CO2 emissions. The team includes the Illinois Sustainable … Continue reading

Wildlife Biologist to Lead Prairie Research Institute

Mark R. Ryan, a leading wildlife biologist and an expert in conservation and natural resources, has been named the Executive Director of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   Ryan, currently director of the School … 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

An Updated Look at PCBs in Illinois Published by University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute

The Prairie Research Institute has published An Updated Look at PCBs, a report stemming from the Sept. 17 scientific workshop on “PCBs and Their Impact in Illinois”.  The one-day workshop on the University of Illinois Chicago campus gathered leading authorities … Continue reading

PCBs are “Permabanned” from Clinton Landfill

In the gaming world, a player caught cheating, using derogatory language, or other equally bad behavior will be “permabanned” or permanently banned from using the site where the bad behavior occurred. Well, that is exactly what the DeWitt count board … Continue reading

Celebrate Spring @ Naturally Illinois Expo

Attention parents and teachers! The Naturally Illinois Expo is just a few short months away! The 2015 Expo will be held on Friday, April 17 & Saturday, April 18 at the Forbes Natural History Building and next door at the … Continue reading

Mark Your Calendars for Sustainability Film Festival April 22, 23, & 24

With funding from the UI Office of Public Engagement, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is hosting a Sustainability Film Festival during Earth Week on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   Three documentaries will be screened … Continue reading

2013 Naturally Illinois Expo

  The Prairie Research Institute presents the fifth annual Naturally Illinois Expo on March 8-9, 2013, on the University of Illinois Urbana campus. Families, teachers, and students of all ages are invited to attend and enjoy exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on … Continue reading