Illinois Sustainable Technology Center - University of Illinois


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.

Pollution Prevention & Lean Principles for Food Manufacturers

July 27, 2016 , Time: 8 am-5 pm
Chicago, IL
Type: Training

This course will provide you with the opportunity to improve the efficiency of your organization through the elimination of pollutants and the application of lean principles within an environmental management system. There will be an overview of principles of lean operations so you are equipped to improve the bottom line, reduce your regulatory burdens, and increase the overall efficiency of your organization. Last year, facilities who implemented lessons in this workshop saved over $400,000 by reducing disposal costs, eliminating air emissions, conserving water and increasing energy efficiency. Although this workshop is targeted at food manufacturers, attendees from other industrial sectors are welcome. Cost: $125. Lunch not included.

The workshop is hosted by the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. Thomas Vinson from the Zero Waste Network will be conducting the training. The agenda will include a speaker from U.S. EPA Region 5.

Contact Information:
Contact: Laura Barnes
Phone: 217-333-8957

Energy 2030: Paths to a Sustainable Future

September 12, 2016 - September 14, 2016
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Type: Conference


As part of its outreach mission, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) hosts a major international conference each fall. We call it the iSEE Congress.

The Congress is an assembly of the leading University of Illinois, national and international scientists from different disciplines. These experts present the latest scientific research on grand world challenges of sustainability, energy generation and conservation, and the environment. Attendees gain understanding about the latest knowledge in these areas -- and the directions for future research, actions and policy frameworks that could contribute to long-term breakthroughs.

Each Congress provides a forum to not only discuss the challenges facing global water availability, but also to highlight an agenda for actionable research. By bringing local, national, and international experts -- from academia, industry, governments, and NGOs -- together for these discussions, iSEE is fostering new research collaborations across disciplines and across continents to solve grand world challenges.

Contact Information:

Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Ceremony

November 1, 2016
Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago IL
Type: Event


Since 1987, the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award has recognized private and public Illinois organizations who have implemented outstanding and innovative sustainable techniques or technologies, demonstrating a commitment to sustaining our environmental, social and economic health.

Governor's Sustainability Award winners are an elite group of committed leaders reducing environmental impact, contributing to the growth of a more sustainable Illinois economy. By prioritizing sustainability throughout their operations, programs, technology, products and company culture, they serve as a model within their industry and community.

Each year, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center honors Illinois Governor Sustainability Award winners at an Awards Ceremony in the fall. Organizations that attend the Award Ceremony have an opportunity to interface and network directly with leading sustainable organizations, speakers and keynotes and learn more about how organizations throughout Illinois are implementing sustainability.

Contact Information:
Contact: Deb Jacobson
Phone: 630-472-5019

Green Lunchroom Challenge Kickoff Training Materials

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Champaign, IL
Type: Training


On September 17, 2015, a Green Lunchroom Challenge Kickoff Workshop and Training was held at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center in Champaign, IL. This session provided an overview of the Green Lunchroom Challenge, presentations on relevant tools and programs, and a group discussion of barriers and opportunities related to food waste prevention and reduction in K-12 schools. A free school food service training session was also presented by Greg Christian, Founder and CEO of Beyond Green Partners, a food service and consulting company focused on nutritional and environmental impacts of school food.

The presentations and training were videotaped to enable schools unable to attend, or which learned of the Challenge after the kickoff, to benefit from the information shared. Videos and PDF versions of the presenter's slides are available. Also, a summary of the group discussion focused on barriers and opportunities to prevent and reduce food waste in K-12 schools is provided. Our goal is to help schools fight food waste while providing nutritious meals and meeting legislative requirements; your input helps us ensure we're providing the necessary support and assistance.

Contact Information:
Contact: Joy Scrogrum
Phone: 217-333-8948

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