Illinois Sustainable Technology Center - University of Illinois

Calendar

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.


Sustainable Seminar Series - Building a Local Circular Economy in Chicago

March 12, 2015
Webinar noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. in Champaign, IL)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by John Mulrow - Interim Executive Director, Plant Chicago

Plant Chicago takes a hands-on approach to developing integrated systems of food production, energy conservation and material re-use. Through partnerships with public and private organizations, we identify, build, test, and refine innovative models of the circular economy. Our circular economy model is taught to schools, public tour groups and entrepreneurs, using current pilot projects to demonstrate the tangible benefits of these systems. We are based at The Plant, a 93,000 square foot former meat-packing plant on Chicago's south side. Our relationship with The Plant has helped us to bring circular economies and local communities together. This presentation will explain how and provide a vision for other communities to do the same.

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3276792405148335106. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3276792405148335106


Wasted Food to Energy: How 6 Water Resource Recovery Facilities are Boosting Biogas Production & the Bottom Line

March 12, 2015 , Time: 2-4 p.m.
Webinar
Type: Training

Description:
< p >This webinar will present the co-digestion practices and experiences of six Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRFs), who were interviewed for a recently published EPA paper. The six facilities will discuss the types of food waste co-digested and the strategies - specifically, the tools, timing, and partnerships - employed to manage the material; they will share how they manage biogas and biosolids; and will explain how they funded their projects and justified the investment.

Contact Information:
Contact: Amanda Hong, EPA Region 9
Phone: (415) 947-4103
E-Mail: Hong.Amanda@epa.gov
URL: http://go.usa.gov/3xxgj


Reducing Wasted Food: How Packaging Can Help

March 19, 2015 , Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Webinar
Type: Training

Description:
< p >Food accounts for the greatest percentage of materials going into our landfills (21% in 2012). A significant portion of wasted food is wholesome and edible. 133 billion pounds (31 percent of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels) went un-eaten in 2010, and the estimated value of this food loss was $161.6 billion using retail prices Packaging plays important roles in reducing these numbers, and our speakers will explain how it does so today, and what's in store for the future.

Contact Information:
Contact: Amanda Hong
Phone: (415) 947-4103
E-Mail: Hong.Amanda@epa.gov
URL: http://go.usa.gov/3xxgx


Sustainable Seminar Series - Bioprocessing of Microbial Biomass: Enabling Sustainable Zero-Discharge Seafood Production

April 2, 2015
Noon-1pm Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, One E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL 61820
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by David E. Brune -- Professor of Bioprocess and Bioenergy Engineering, Division of Food Sciences and Bioengineering, University of Missouri at Columbia

U.S. marine shrimp consumption amounts to 1.4 billion lbs/yr. The bulk (86%) of U.S. consumption is imported from Asian suppliers, representing a U.S. deficit cash-flow of nearly $3.2 billion/yr. Asian countries produce over 10 billion lbs/yr of marine shrimp, nearly all grown in ponds fed diets enriched with 5-10% marine fish meal. These farms consume 28% of global fish meal production. This practice is depleting global marine forage fish stocks and driving the price of fish meal to record highs. Furthermore, wastewater discharge from shrimp production ponds in China is 10 times greater than all other industrial waste combined. This unsustainable feeding of marine protein and waste discharge must be replaced with improved technology. In addition, it is critical that technology be made available to U.S. farmers supporting a profit driven U.S. aquaculture industry. Recent University of Missouri research and extension efforts have been directed at development and demonstration of higher-value marine shrimp production in an environmentally friendly zero-discharge system. This effort is based on thirty years of PI experience with development and demonstration of the Partitioned Aquaculture System (PAS), a technique used to increase pond photosynthesis by use of low-speed paddlewheels. The PAS, or modified versions of the PAS referred to as "Split-Ponds," are being installed across the south as the preferred method of catfish culture. These systems are capable of increasing pond fish carrying capacity from 4,000 to nearly 20,000 kg/ha with zero discharge of water to the environment. The key enabling technology, discussed in this presentation, is co-culture of filter-feeding aquatic organisms converting marine algal and bacterial biomass used to maintain zero-discharge water quality into valuable aquatic animal feeds and biofuel co-products.

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/502302355428424705. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/502302355428424705


Sustainable Seminar Series - Rubbery Shrubbery: Should We Use Rubber Mulch in Our Landscapes?

April 9, 2015
Webinar noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. in Champaign, IL)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Linda Chalker-Scott - Extension Horticulturist, Puyallup Research and Extension Center, Washington State University

According to the EPA, we discard 290 million scrap tires annually. Finding a market for these slow-to-decompose materials is desirable, and many innovative uses have been developed, including rubberized asphalt, playground surfaces, and landscape mulches. This webinar will examine the scientific literature behind the efficacy and environmental safety of rubber mulches.

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3502265956143542273. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3502265956143542273


A Step-by-Step Guide to Conducting a Wasted Food Assessment with EPA's Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging Toolkit - Milestones 2 & 3

April 23, 2015 , Time: 1-3 p.m.
Webinar
Type: Training

Description:
This three-part webinar series provides comprehensive guidance on conducting a tracking assessment using EPA's Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging Toolkit. The toolkit includes a guide and a tracking spreadsheet to assist commercial and institutional food services in tracking and reducing their food and packaging waste by implementing reduction strategies.

Contact Information:
Contact: Amanda Hong
Phone: (415) 947-4103
E-Mail: Hong.Amanda@epa.gov
URL: http://go.usa.gov/3xxjH


Sustainable Seminar Series - Zero Waste Illinois

April 30, 2015
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Shantanu Pai - Waste Research Specialist, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The presentation will briefly cover the concept of zero waste and our objectives through the Zero Waste Illinois program. I will cover current projects that we have undertaken through the program. Our long term goals for the program as well as ways for people to collaborate and partner with ISTC in achieving the Zero Waste program.

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7792068845789351938. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7792068845789351938


Illinois Biochar Group - Spring Meeting

May 1, 2015
11AM-3PM at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. in Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

More information to come!


Contact Information:

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

One Hazelwood Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-8940

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