ISTC technical assistance engineers possess a unique mix of experience and training that enables them to investigate and solve a variety of business problems. Our experts can help businesses and organizations reduce all types of solid waste as well as toxic releases into the air or water. Industrial sectors that have been extensively served by ISTC include metal forming, metal finishing, plastics manufacturing, metal casting, printed wiring boards, printing, food processing, chemical manufacturing, military, hospitals and a variety of service oriented businesses.
An ISTC Technical Assistance staff member can visit your facility to gain a better understanding of your processes and to identify opportunities for improving efficiency and reducing waste. Contact us!
The Emerging Technologies and Assistance Program (ETAP), a team within the Illinois Sustainability Technology Center (ISTC), works with organizations in Illinois to reduce consumption of energy and natural resources and to minimize waste. As a change agency, ETAP performs research, spreads awareness, and facilitates implementation regarding practices, technology and systems that improve sustainability. ISTC is a non-regulatory agency which has provided assistance to Illinois businesses and the public since 1985.
The ISTC mission is to encourage and assist citizens and businesses to prevent pollution and reduce waste to protect human health and the environment in Illinois and beyond.
ISTC will be a catalyst for change toward more sustainable technologies, processes and practices through our integrated program of research, demonstration projects, technical assistance and communication.
Long Range Plan Goals to Achieve Vision
ETAP Technical Services
Through our work with Illinois business and industry ETAP works to prevent pollution and wastes from entering the environment and also helps organizations maintain economic viability. Each year ISTC's pollution prevention efforts help our clients collectively save millions of dollars and hundreds of thousand tons of waste from being released into the environment and assists businesses in sustaining and growing jobs in Illinois.
ETAP offers business and industry on-site expert assistance on issues including:
ISTC engineers work as change agents to help customers identify and implement practices that improve efficiency. Services typically begin with a free assessment to develop strategies and set priorities for addressing issues. Some of these recommended practices require only basic changes in existing processes. Other opportunities may include the development, transfer, or diffusion of innovative technologies. No matter the size of the project, ISTC can provide a sustainable solution!
Here are some ways that ISTC can help your organization become sustainable:
ISTC staff work closely with customers to help them identify opportunities to improve efficiency by reducing raw material utilization and waste, and to implement process modifications and new technologies that improve competitiveness. On-site demonstrations and pilot trials of innovative technologies are frequently used to resolve compatibility and complexity issues.
ISTC engineers possess training and instrumentation necessary to identify opportunities for improving energy efficiency in many industrial sectors. ISTC can provide cost-effective recommendations and assistance with the implementation of more efficient components. In facilities that have massive energy requirements, ISTC partners with energy utilities and consultants to identify efficiency opportunities.
E3 - Economy, Energy, and Environment
E3 is a coordinated federal and local technical assistance framework that provides industrial facilities with a customized, hands-on assessment of production processes to reduce energy and water consumption, minimize their carbon footprint, reduce waste, increase productivity, and drive innovation.
Water purification and use reduction
ISTC research engineers are skilled at developing and applying the latest technologies to purify water and water-based chemistry in a wide variety of industrial and domestic applications. In addition, ISTC engineers have a great deal of experience with the implementation of incremental practices (conductivity controls, counter current rinsing, flow restrictors, etc.) for reducing water utilization.
Pilot Technology Laboratories
ISTC evaluates materials and material substitutes used in a specific process and analyze how they affect waste generation. ISTC also evaluates equipment or techniques for removal of hazards from processes or waste streams. Projects can be conducted in ISTC's pilot laboratories or in some cases, for a modest project cost, on-site utilization of the equipment described below:
Zero Waste to Landfill
Business, industry and agencies of all sizes can obtain the latest information on a variety of cost-effective, sustainable waste minimization and diversion services. ISTC's trained professionals and partner organizations employ integrated waste management planning and process redesign toward a continuous goal of waste reduction and zero waste to landfill.