Illinois Sustainable Technology Center - University of Illinois

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Below is a list of of events, training sessions, and conferences that ISTC is involved in. Check back here regularly since this list is updated often.


28th Annual Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Ceremony

October 23, 2014
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Type: Event

Description:
Since 1987, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) has presented Governor's awards to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices. Sustainable technology encompasses any technique or technology that reduces the amount of and/or toxicity of pollutants that would have otherwise been released into the environment. Sustainability includes processes such as raw material and solvent substitution, preventive maintenance programs, beneficial reuse of by-products, waste reduction and recycling, and implementation of programs that support pollution prevention (e.g. ISO 14001).

The award ceremony and technical symposium will be held on October 23, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.


Contact Information:
Contact: Irene Zlevor
Phone: (630) 472-5016
URL: http://www.istc.illinois.edu/info/2014_award_ceremony.cfm


Brownbag Seminar - Brazilian Waste Panorama (Municipal Solid Waste, Petroleum Coke, Coal, & and E-Waste)

October 24, 2014
noon to 1:00 PM at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. in Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Everson Talgatti -- CEO/President and Stephan Hardt -- New Business Director; both from MRG Solutions, Brazil

Join us for a look at waste management in Brazil. The presenters will give an introduction to the new law - Política Nacional de Resíduos Sólidos (PNRS) 12.305 - which was effective August 2014. The National Solid Waste Policy in Brazil establishes principles, objectives, instruments and guidelines for management and solid waste management, the responsibilities of generators, the government, and consumers as well as the applicable economic instruments.

They will also discuss the market panorama for:

• Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)

• Petroleum Coke

• Coal

• E-Waste

In addition, the seminar will detail the best practices in doing business in Brazil in the waste sector.

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/652497711. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Nancy Holm
Phone: 217-244-3330
E-Mail: naholm@illinois.edu
URL: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/652497711


Brownbag Seminar - Carbon Capture using Nitrogen-Selective Membrane Processes

October 27, 2014
noon to 1:00 PM at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. in Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Jennifer Wilcox - Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University

The scale by which CO2 must be mitigated worldwide dwarfs the existing chemical industry, making utilization of CO2 as a chemical feedstock a minor component of the portfolio of mitigation options. Carbon capture and storage is one strategy that could potentially mitigate gigatons of CO2 emissions per year, provided geological storage of CO2 is feasible. The scale and energy requirements associated with CO2 separation processes will be presented. Strategies based upon adsorption and catalytic membrane separation processes in particular, will be of focus. Regeneration of CO2 is known to be a significant component of sorption-based separation processes and is absent when using membrane technologies. Nitrogen-selective membranes will be introduced. In particular, metallic membrane materials for selective N2 separation for carbon capture will also be presented. This work involves the adsorption, dissociation, and sub-surface diffusion of N2 in Group V-based metals, including vanadium, niobium, and their alloys with ruthenium. The electronic structure of the metal can be tuned based upon alloying, thereby enhancing N2 permeability. Experimental N2 flux measurements have been carried out to validate the theoretical predictions.

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/129335175. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Nancy Holm
Phone: 217-244-3330
E-Mail: naholm@illinois.edu
URL: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/129335175


Green Libraries: Getting Started

October 28, 2014
Webinar
Type: Event

Description:

Do you want to incorporate environmental sustainability into your library operations and your organization but don't know how to begin? Join Laura Barnes to learn how to develop a sustainability plan and sell it to your colleagues. We will also discuss employee engagement strategies and some library-specific things you can do to minimize your environmental footprint.

This webinar is hosted by the Illinois Green Office Challenge.


Contact Information:

Cook County Regional Waste to Profit and E3 Assistance Program

October 30, 2014
9:00 AM at the Heritage Community Bank Room; Prairie State College Conference Center (202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, IL 60411)
Type: Event

Description:

Please RSVP by 10/25/2014 to Debra Jacobson djacobso@illinois.edu or Vinod Patel vapatel@illinois.edu

ISTC, IMEC, ComEd, Cook County, CSEDC, and CAIC have partnered to provide direct Waste to Profit and E3 technical assistance to industrial facilities within South Cook County at no charge focusing on establishing baselines and measuring progress in the energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gases emissions, hazardous materials, water use, and production costs to help make Illinois manufacturers greener, more sustainable, and more competitive.

Waste to Profit: also referred to as byproduct synergy. By-Product Synergy (BPS) is the matching of under-valued waste or by-product streams with potential users to create new revenues or savings with potential social and environmental benefits. The resulting collaborative network creates new revenues, cost savings, energy conservation, reductions in the need for virgin-source materials, and reductions in waste and pollution, including climate-changing emissions. These are quantifiable benefits to the environment, economy and communities.

E3 Program: E3 - Economy, Energy, and Environment ensures that company's 3M resources -- Manpower, Machine, and Money - and environmental resources are utilized as effectively as possible, with minimal impact on the earth's ecology. ISTC, IMEC, and ComEd follow methodologies that concentrate on the root causes of waste as it applies to the economic, energy, and environmental perspectives of the business. These methodologies will provide a framework for the successful implementation of "Lean & Clean" techniques. The tasks to be performed to implement the program are to determine project objectives, understand current state from an E3 perspective, analyze system conditions, consider options for improvement, and implement changes. The focus areas are water foot printing, cooling tower water and energy management, energy conservation, greenhouse gas emissions, waste diversion through waste to profit, and lean and green manufacturing practices. The specific services offered are: Identify opportunities for energy, water, and material conservation and waste reduction, Conduct on-site demonstrations and pilot trials of promising alternate technologies, Evaluate materials and material substitutions used in process to assess impact on waste generation, Provide environmental compliance assistance, Provide assistance regarding implementation of recommended improvements.


Contact Information:
Contact: Debra Jacobson
E-Mail: djacobso@illinois.edu


Sustainable Seminar Series - Advancing Sustainability: Organizing for Success, Setting Goals, and Measuring Progress

November 7, 2014
noon to 1:00 PM at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. in Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Ronald Meissen - Senior Director of Sustainability, Corporate Environment, Health, and Safety at Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Many companies are advancing comprehensive sustainability programs and expanding sustainability expectations throughout their value chain. These programs can help engage employees, drive innovation and build a competitive advantage. Ron Meissen will provide an overview of Baxter's sustainability program, including Baxter's executive-level sustainability steering committee, global sustainability priorities and 2015 goals, example of the annual goal setting process and discuss team member responsibilities/accountability. The general process of preparing Baxter's annual Sustainability Report will be reviewed, as well as, reporting to an international reporting standard, independent third party assurance of various sections and verification of Baxter's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The components of Baxter's Environmental Financial Statement will be reviewed. Examples will be provided of stakeholders/institutional investors gathering detailed sustainability-related information on companies and using this information to evaluate company sustainability performance. Also examples will be presented of Baxter's recent efforts to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce GHG emissions. All seminar attendees will receive a copy of Baxter's 2013 Sustainability brochure and Environmental Financial Statement.

"Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care worldwide. For 2013 Baxter's sales were $15.3 billion with approximately 61,500 employees."

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/535225327. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Nancy Holm
Phone: 217-244-3330
E-Mail: naholm@illinois.edu
URL: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/535225327


Sustainable Seminar Series - L&C Sustainability: Strategies for a carbon neutral campus

November 13, 2014
noon to 1:00 PM at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. in Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Nate Keener - Director of Sustainability at Lewis and Clark Community College

In 2007, Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C) signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). In 2009, L&C completed a carbon footprint study and created their Climate Action Plan (CAP). L&C's CAP is a comprehensive in laying the foundation for all the work coming out of the Office of Sustainability. It sets "Carbon Neutrality by 2058" as a goal and establishes the Green Oversight Committee to oversee progress toward this goal. It focuses on six broad categories of action: Energy Conservation Measures; Renewable Energy Sources; Waste Reduction; Commuting/Campus Fleet; Policy/Behavior Change; Education/Outreach/Research. In the last several years, the college has been recognized by state and national partners for their efforts, receiving the Governor's Sustainability Award in 2011 and 2013, the Governor's Sustainability Compact Gold Level, and The US Water Prize in 2011. They have seen continued progress toward their sustainability goals, achieving reductions in greenhouse gases every year since formalizing their commitment. This presentation will provide a snapshot of successful projects undertaken by the college, identify key stakeholders that motivated the campus toward change, and challenges and opportunities that may confront other colleges that wish to set similar goals.

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/800060703. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Nancy Holm
Phone: 217-244-3330
E-Mail: naholm@illinois.edu
URL: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/800060703


Illinois Biochar Group - Fall Meeting

November 14, 2014
National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (1815 N. University Ave., Peoria, IL 61604)
Type: Event

Description:

The Illinois Biochar Group (IBG) will hold its fall meeting on Friday, November 14, 2014, at the USDA's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR; 1815 N. University Ave., Peoria, IL 61604). The meeting is an opportunity to learn about current biochar research, exchange information, and network with other biochar researchers in order to foster collaboration and promote biochar and its usage.

We will begin with lunch from 11:15-12:00. Lunch is not mandatory if extra travel time is needed to get to Peoria. Talks should conclude around 4:00-4:30 pm.

Details of the agenda and lunch options will be available in October. If you are interested in presenting a short 10-15 minute talk about your biochar work, please contact Steve Peterson by October 24th.


Contact Information:
Contact: Steve Peterson
Phone: 309-681-6325
E-Mail: Steve.Peterson@ars.usda.gov
URL: http://www.biochar.illinois.edu/index.shtml


Sustainable Seminar Series - Sustainability Planning and Climate Change Considerations

December 4, 2014
noon to 1:00 PM at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. in Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Donald Fournier - BEAP, CEM, LEED AP; Energy Consultant for Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners

Planning for climate change -- mitigation and adaptation are both necessary for our future. A broader context for sustainability planning is now required. This presentation addresses these issues providing ideas and concepts that need to be incorporated into our sustainability plans, ensuring our efforts are effective, persistent, and adaptable to future surprises.

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/680225343. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Nancy Holm
Phone: 217-244-3330
E-Mail: naholm@illinois.edu
URL: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/680225343

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