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Jacobson, Debra F

Associate Director, Technical Assistance and Outreach Program
PRI Fellow, Prairie Research Institute

Address and Contact Information

1 E Hazelwood Dr
M/C 676
Champaign, IL  61820


Deb Jacobson, Associate Director, joined the Prairie Research Institute's Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) in 1995.  She leads ISTC's Technical Assistance and Outreach Program and a team of professionals working with the Coastal Management Program at the Illinois Department of Natural Resource.

In addition to leading and developing teams, Ms. Jacobson's primary focus is as an environmental engineer providing technical, environmental, and safety compliance assistance to industrial facilities within Illinois. Ms. Jacobson works closely with federal, state, and local government agencies and industry trade groups on environmental matters affecting industry.

Other responsibilities include managing national and regional projects focused on pollution prevention and compliance assistance; developing and presenting technical training to state technical assistance providers and helping write compliance assistance manuals for industry and regulatory official's use.

Ms. Jacobson is an auditor for the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), working beyond the borders of Illinois. SGP is the industry standard for the certification and continuous improvement of sustainability and best practices within print manufacturing operations.


  • Bachelor - Environmental Science
  • MBA Certificate
  • Certified Sustainability Professional
  • ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate

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
  • Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals
  • City Club of Chicago


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


  • 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)

Honors and Awards

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

Selected Publications

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

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