Category Archives: Water

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

Three Tips on the Road to a Great Governor’s Award Application

If your organization has done a lot in the name of sustainability – from projects that save money and resources to initiatives that strengthen the people and communities you work for – what are you waiting for? The Governor’s Sustainability … Continue reading

Registration Open for Green Chemistry Conference

Registration is open for the The Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference: Innovating for Success in Cleveland on April 1–2, 2014.   The purpose of this conference is to show how innovations in green chemistry practices drive advances in business, academia, … Continue reading

Water Research to Contribute to One Billion Gallon Goal

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has announced a call for proposals that will contribute to ISTC’s goal of conserving a total of one billion gallons of … Continue reading

Protect Your Pipes During Polar Vortex

  As the polar vortex prepared to plunge temperatures south of zero degrees Saturday, the Champaign News Gazette busted a myth about frozen water pipes.   Pipes don’t burst when ice expands inside the pipe, according to ISTC Senior Research … Continue reading

Triclosan Shown to Trigger Resistance in Aquatic Ecosystems

A widely used compound to prevent bacterial contamination is persisting in the environment and creating antibacterial resistant strains of bacteria.   That is the conclusion of a study by researchers at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) in Champaign, IL, … Continue reading

Congrats to Technology Assistance Program at U of I

The Technology Assistance Program which helps local governments and companies prevent pollution and conserve resources received a national MVP2 Award in Washington DC earlier this month. The ICORE program received its Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award for saving Illinois more than $6 … Continue reading

Engineer Introduces Thermally-Reversible Polymer to Desalination

According to water.org, 780 million people lack access to clean water. The need to provide access to clean water is one of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering.   At noon this Thursday, Sept 12, Dr. Xinying … 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