Technical Assistance

2016: over 1.1 million dollars saved, 9c686 million tons carbon dioxide equivalents reduced, 4,979,831 gallons water saved, 10,606,054 kilowatts saved, 241,646 pounds non-hazardous waste reduced

The Technical Assistance Program (TAP) makes companies and communities more competitive and resilient with sustainable business practices, technologies, and solutions. TAP works at the intersection of industry, science and government to help clients achieve profitable, sustainable results.

Our Process

  • Initiate Contact
  • Discuss needs and concerns
  • Deploy a TAP Engineer to the company
  • Conduct an initial meeting and site visit
  • Provide an initial recommendation report
  • Establish baseline and act on next steps
  • Document savings and benefits

TAP Technical Services

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Assessments

Evaluation of overall process and potential opportunities for efficiency and improvements both for process and material use optimization.

Comprehensive Assessment
A customized assessment of production processes to reduce energy & water consumption, minimize carbon footprint, reduce waste, increase productivity, and drive innovation.

Waste Characterization
Provide a variety of cost-effective, sustainable waste minimization and diversion services to improve existing waste management processes.

Water Efficiency & Conservation
Provide a detailed picture of a site’s water use and consumption patterns, including cost analysis, highlighting payback and environmental benefits.

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Implementation

Assist in project management to provide a solution to complex challenges; from scoping projects and monitoring them as they move towards a successful outcome.

Sustainability Certification
We provide hands-on certification assistance to help companies reach accreditation.

Pilot Evaluations and Trials
Analyze materials, equipment or techniques to evaluate how they affect waste streams, to impact process efficiency and remove hazards.

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Process Optimization

Deep analysis and mapping of a process line through a sustainable lens, to minimize costs, maximize through-put and efficiencies.

Engineering Solutions
Assist in developing sustainable manufacturing processes through lean facility planning, efficient material handling, and a focus on creating high quality products that have close to zero defects as possible.

Chemical Substitution/Hazardous Waste Reduction
Assist companies identify innovative green and sustainable production tools, methods, and alternatives that reduce their use of toxics and save them money.

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Outreach

Assist in communicating a sustainability message within an organization to enable an environment of change.

Illini Gadget Garage
UIUC campus center for “do-it-together” troubleshooting and repair of electronics and small appliances which provides experiential learning for students while empowering consumers and prolonging the useful life of products.

Communication of Sustainability Programs
Create communications and engagement opportunities that are necessary to tell a story to key stakeholders, assisting your company to achieve your sustainability goals and gain visibility for your organization.

ISTC Advantage

ISTC has over 30 years of experience in pollution prevention and waste reduction, led by manufacturing engineers and environmental scientists. ISTC integrates applied research, technical assistance, and information services to advance efforts in the areas of pollution prevention; water and energy conservation; and materials recycling and beneficial reuse.