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Volunteers flip this corner of campus for a ‘natural’ makeover

illinois sustainability awardAs Earth Week approaches, volunteers are working to change the South Arboretum Woods closer to its “natural” state with plantings of native wildflowers and many other improvements. It is the latest project funded by the Student Sustainability Committee, and led by John Marlin, ISTC research affiliate, for sustainable landscaping volunteers on campus. MORE

WANTED: Environmental Champions to Apply for the Illinois Sustainability Award

illinois sustainability awardApplications are now open for the 2017 Illinois Sustainability Awards, the nation’s longest-standing state environmental award program, through which companies, municipalities, and organizations are celebrated for their success in minimizing their environmental impact and maximizing their budget impact by saving money. MORE

New Research Helps Narrow the Choice Between Affordable and Long-Lasting Roads

recycled materials used in road constructionA two-year study of asphalt binders will improve the use of recycled material in making long-lasting roads. Research by ISTC, the Illinois Center for Transportation and the Illinois DOT advances knowledge of the role of chemistry and composition on asphalt binders’ performance. MORE

Challenges of Carbon Utilization Have Regional Solutions

kevin o'brien speaks on co2 utilizationEmerging 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

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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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