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The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center contributes solutions for a sustainable future through basic and applied research, extensive expertise, and a wealth of objective data to benefit the people, economy, and environment of Illinois. ISTC is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois


Jacob Madsen of SC Johnson keynotes the technical session at the Illinois Sustainability Awards on October 23.


Twenty-seven Illinois companies and organizations were honored on October 23 for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy. The winners were announced during a ceremony at the Union League Club in Chicago. Learn more about the winners' achievements in the ceremony program booklet


ISTC is accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 2019 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference. Conference organizers welcome proposals on all aspects of emerging contaminants in the environment, including research, public health, policy, management, outreach, and education. The conference will include sessions on: per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) (including PFOS, PFOA, & related compounds); pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) (including naturally occurring hormones); and plastics and microplastics (including microfibers), as well as other contaminants of emerging concern.


On July 18, ISTC researchers B.K Sharma and Sriraam Chandrasekaran held an open house to demonstrate the biomass system they developed with funding from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The project’s goal is to create a renewable, carbon-neutral combustion heating system that uses waste grass grown along Illinois highways. Currently, the system is being used to heat greenhouses, although the researchers believe it has potential for use in larger spaces.


ISTC’s annual report for the period July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 features ISTC’s technical and research accomplishments. Highlights include ISTC researchers receiving funding for all five of the DOE grant applications that they submitted in fall 2017. The report also details new initiatives such as solar panel recycling and free assessments to help wastewater treatment plants reduce operating costs. With these efforts, ISTC continues to advance sustainability in Illinois and beyond.






The 2019 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference (ECEC19) will be held on May 21-22, 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. The conference will feature presentations and posters on the latest in emerging contaminant research, policies, and outreach, as well as discussion and networking opportunities.

November 8, 2018: ISTC Sustainability Seminar | In-situ Investigation of Subsurface Porous Media Processes: Microfluidics and Chemical Imaging

View archives of previous sustainability seminars.



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