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Challenges of Carbon Utilization Have Regional Solutions

clip art compilation of plants, vegetable oil, and chain sawEmerging 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), in a presentation to the Eighth Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit Feb. 22 in San Antonio, Texas. MORE

Researchers Develop Eco-friendly Solution to Oil Spills in Bodies of Water

clip art compilation of plants, vegetable oil, and chain sawOil spills have a new nemesis in the form of tiny carbon spheres developed by a U of I team, including researchers at ISTC, which have demonstrated more than 80 percent removal rate while accelerating natural remediation of the remainder. The work, the result of funding by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE), was reported in Nature Publishing, a publication of Scientific Reports. MORE

Biobased Lubricants Improving, Gaining Favor in Natural Workzones

clip art compilation of plants, vegetable oil, and chain sawNon-petroleum biobased lubricants are an increasingly important strategy for preventing pollution in environmentally sensitive workplaces, such as forest, agricultural, and marine applications. B.K. Sharma’s new book focuses on the promising area of eco-friendly lubricants made from vegetable oil. MORE

New CarbonSAFE Awards Target Mitigation of Industrially Sourced Carbon Emissions

far away view of a carbon sequestions rigISTC is a partner in two major CarbonSAFE projects awarded to the Illinois State Geological Survey by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop new technologies to mitigate industrially sourced carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. MORE

Widespread Groundwater Contamination Found in Southwestern Illinois

Geologist sampling water from a cave poolResearchers from ISTC, the Illinois Natural History Survey, and the Illinois State Water Survey detected prescription drug contamination in Illinois groundwater. Analysis of water samples from southwestern Illinois springs and cave streams was reported in the journal Science of the Total Environment. MORE

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Sketch of a faucet with water flowing out to form the word 'one' for the one billion gallon water challengeBillion Gallon Water Challenge

ISTC is encouraging people, businesses, organizations and others to help reduce water consumption in Illinois. It has a goal of saving one billion gallons as part of its One Billion Gallon Water Challenge efforts.

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Troy Walker
Technical Assistance Engineer

Troy Walker is a technical assistance engineer at ISTC since October 2014 and is responsible for providing Sustainability, Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency assistance to organizations and businesses of Illinois.

Prior to joining ISTC, Troy was Senior Buyer and Production Planner for Sony Biotechnology, Inc. located in the University of Illinois' Research Park. He has held numerous positions in the automotive and heavy equipment industries including manufacturing engineering, operations and supply chain. Troy received a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University in Normal, and an MBA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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