Debra Jacobson

Associate Director - Technical Assistance ProgramDebra Jacobson

1010 Jorie Blvd.
Suite 338
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
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Deb Jacobson has been at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) since 1995 and is the Associate Director of the Technical Assistance Program in the Oakbrook office. She works as an environmental engineer providing technical, environmental, and safety compliance assistance to industrial facilities within Illinois. She also oversees the Illinois Sustainability Awards program (formerly known as the Pollution Prevention Award). Ms. Jacobson works closely with federal, state, and local government agencies and industry trade groups on environmental matters affecting industry.

In addition to her work within Illinois, Ms. Jacobson is an auditor for the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP). SGP is the industry standard for the certification and continuous improvement of sustainability and best practices within print manufacturing operations. She is also Director of the USEPA funded Printer’s National Environmental Assistance Center, a virtual resource center housed within ISTC. Through the Center, Ms. Jacobson works with other ISTC staff to provide regulatory, technical, and pollution prevention assistance to printers throughout the country.


  • Bachelor - Environmental Science
  • MBA Certificate
  • Certified Sustainability Professional
  • ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor

Research Interests

Industrial technologies

Professional Affiliations


  • Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA)
  • Board of directors of the Lake Michigan State Section of the AWMA
  • National Pollution Prevention Roundtable
  • Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable
  • Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association
  • Industrial Waste Water Sewage Group
  • U.S. EPA Pollution Prevention Advisory Panel (on hold due to budget)


  • Served on U.S. EPA Environmental Justice Advisory Panel to EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman

Funded Grants

  • U.S. EPA - Compliance Assistance Center - Printers National Environmental Assistance Center
  • U.S. EPA Region V - Pollution Prevention Grant - Illinois Conservation of Resources (ICORE)
  • U of I Facilities & Services - Waste Characterization Study of Four U of I Buildings
  • Coster USA - Technical Assistance Agreement to conduct an environmental compliance assessment.
  • On-Going: Sustainable Green Printer Certification Audits (contract)

Awards and Highlights

Perry Fisher Award - Presented by Air & Waste Management Association - Lake Michigan State Section

Recent Publications

DuPage County Waste to Profit & E3 Outreach Initiative - Program Results


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