Category Archives: UIUC Campus

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

Sustainable Electronics Campus Consortium Meeting 11/17: Update on Illini Gadget Garage Project

The Sustainable Electronics Initiative (SEI) is an ISTC project focused on the development and implementation of a more sustainable system for designing, producing, using, and managing electronic devices. Part of SEI is the coordination of a loose group of staff, … Continue reading

Partners Explore R&D Opportunities Related to Water and Sustainability

On Monday of this week, Sustainability Week, U of I researchers met at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center with colleagues from Argonne National Laboratory to explore opportunities for collaboration on energy/water nexus issues.   ISTC has collaborated with Argonne scientists … Continue reading

What ‘Back to the Future Part II’ got wrong (and right)

Happy Back to the Future Day! ISTC Senior Research Engineer B.K. Sharma is one of the University of Illinois researchers featured in a fun roundup of predictions made for this day by the feature film 26 years ago.   The … Continue reading

Celebrate Sustainability Week 2015, October 19-23

It’s Sustainability Week on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, and several events are planned, including the official release of the 2015 Illinois Climate Action Plan, or ‘iCAP’ on Sustainability Day, Wednesday, October 21. There will be a reception … Continue reading

ISTC @ iSEE Water Congress Sept. 14-16, 2015

ISTC will participate next week in the U of I’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) second annual international conference titled  “Water Planet, Water Crises? Meeting the World’s Water-Food-Energy Needs Sustainably”.  The iSEE Water Congress is set for Sept. … Continue reading

Long Lab Career Feted at ISTC

His retirement cake was festooned with a big black rat.   That was alright with Jerry Bargren. After four decades in U of I labs, “lab rat” is no slight.   He first retired as lab supervisor at the College … Continue reading

Illini Gadget Garage Hours Set, Courses Begin

In case you missed it, check out the UI News Bureau coverage of the Illini Gadget Garage project. Thanks to Jodi Heckel for helping spread the word!   As noted in this article, the Gadget Garage will open to the … Continue reading