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Small companies save big with tech advice

illinois sustainability awardISTC offers technical assistance for companies in smaller towns and rural areas which has saved Illinois business an estimated $24 million dollars during its first eight years. ICORE finds ways to save energy, waste, and water so companies are more profitable and sustainable. MORE

Army to pilot ISTC innovation to improve installation resilience, energy security

illinois sustainability awardThe U.S. Army has funded a project to demonstrate technology developed on the University of Illinois’ South Farm that disposes of wastewater biosolids by turning them into energy. MORE

Illinois Sustainability Award keynote shows power of green business

illinois sustainability awardWith only one week left to submit entries for the 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award, ISTC has released the video of one of the 2016 Awards Ceremony's Keynote Speakers -- John Bradburn, global waste reduction manager at General Motors Corporation. MORE

Volunteers flip this corner of campus for a ‘natural’ makeover

south arboretum woodsAs Earth Week approaches, volunteers are working to change the South Arboretum Woods closer to its “natural” state with plantings of native wildflowers and many other improvements. It is the latest project funded by the Student Sustainability Committee, and led by John Marlin, ISTC research affiliate, for sustainable landscaping volunteers on campus. MORE

Sketch of a faucet with water flowing out to form the word 'one' for the one billion gallon water challengeBillion Gallon Water Challenge

ISTC is encouraging people, businesses, organizations and others to help reduce water consumption in Illinois. It has a goal of saving one billion gallons as part of its One Billion Gallon Water Challenge efforts.

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Experts worldwide are meeting this week in Calabria, Italy to focus on ways to deploy carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies in time to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to just two percent by … Continue reading
International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), falling on May 7-13 this year, is celebrated during the first full week in May annually. The event began in Canada in 1995 and has since grown as more and more organizations and individuals become aware of … Continue reading
  A model program to provide technical assistance services to underserved rural areas of Illinois has generated $24 million in savings of energy, water, and waste over its first eight years.   In smaller, rural communities technical assistance professionals usually … Continue reading


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Troy Walker

Troy Walker
Technical Assistance Engineer

Troy Walker is a technical assistance engineer at ISTC since October 2014 and is responsible for providing Sustainability, Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency assistance to organizations and businesses of Illinois.

Prior to joining ISTC, Troy was Senior Buyer and Production Planner for Sony Biotechnology, Inc. located in the University of Illinois' Research Park. He has held numerous positions in the automotive and heavy equipment industries including manufacturing engineering, operations and supply chain. Troy received a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University in Normal, and an MBA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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