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.
April 2, 2015
Noon-1pm Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, One E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL 61820
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.
April 9, 2015
Webinar noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. in Champaign, IL)
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.
April 17, 2015
, Time: F: 9AM-3PM; S: 10AM-3PM
- April 18, 2015
ISTC (1 E Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL) and Forbes Natural History Building (1816 S Oak St., Champaign, IL)
The next Naturally Illinois Expo will be held April 17 & 18th, 2015 at the Forbes Natural History Building and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center in Research Park. The 2015 Expo showcases the work of the Prairie Research Institute, which includes the Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois State Water Survey, and Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. Exhibits are geared toward families, teachers, and students. ISTC is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015 and will have several special displays in honor of this occasion.
April 30, 2015
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign)
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.
May 1, 2015
11AM-3PM at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. in Champaign)
More information to come!
June 17, 2015
, Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Illinois Central College, East Peoria