Shantanu Pai

Assistant Sustainability Researcher

1010 Jorie Blvd.
Suite 338
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
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Shantanu Pai is an Assistant Sustainability Researcher at ISTC’s Oak Brook Office. At ISTC, he manages several projects through the Resilient Solutions and Zero Waste Program. Current projects include increasing the adoption of curbside composting, internalizing circular economy practices in small businesses, climate resiliency and adaptation planning for communities, supply chain resiliency for manufacturing, and scaling up solar module recycling.  

Before ISTC, Shantanu was a research assistant at the Center for Land Use and Planning as well as the Center for Waste Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. While there, he worked with Marathon County, Wisconsin on a zero-waste plan and other waste reduction projects. He received his B.S. in Soil and Waste Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and a Master’s in Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently pursuing a PhD. in environmental planning at the College of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.



  • Master in Urban Planning, University of Illinois-Chicago (2019)
  • B.S. in Soil and Waste Resources with a minor in Communications, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2013)

Research Interests

  • Implementing circular economy
  • Fate and transport of waste materials through market driven initiatives
  • Role of directed public policy in solid waste management
  • Integrated solid waste planning

Recent Projects

  • Forest Preserve of Cook County Waste Minimization Project
  • Illinois Department of Military Affairs: Pollution Prevention Plan and Integrated Solid Waste Plan
  • Zero waste assistance in various food manufacturing businesses.


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