Previous Sustainability Events

Algae Biotreatment Symposium

ISTC held a mini-symposium in October 2013 on the role of algae in future commercial applications for food, feed, bio-based materials, and bioenergy. Srirupa Ganguly of ISTC, Harry Dankowicz of the U of I Department of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering along with Fredrik Grondahl and Maria Malmstrom of Division of Industrial Ecology at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) presented talks and discussed their efforts in international collaboration on biotreatment of saline waters and mariculture and aquaculture projects.

Characteristics and Reuse Potential of Illinois River Sediments Conference

On March 1, 2007, ISTC (while it was known as the Hazardous Waste and Information Center) organized a mini-conference entitled “Characteristics and Reuse Potential of Illinois River Sediments” in order to summarize the research that has been conducted on Illinois River sediments over the 10-year period: 1998-2007.

As Dr. John Marlin, then associate director at the Center and conference co-organizer, stated in his overview for the conference, “The degradation of the Illinois River and its floodplain has been discussed for over a century. The development of the Integrated Management Plan for the Illinois River Watershed in 1997 launched the latest effort to identify and address problems and plan for the meeting the economic and ecological needs of the watershed. The loss of backwater depth due to sedimentation was identified as a major impact on the river’s ecological and recreational functions.”

Research funds were provided by the Illinois General Assembly and from a number of other sources over the years to gain a better understanding of the physical and chemical nature of the river sediments as well as to assess sediment removal technology and find potential beneficial uses for the dredged material.

The conference had over 60 participants who were provided the opportunity to hear from 8 researchers about their studies on the river.

Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment

In April 2016, ISTC hosted a successful PPCPs in the Environment conference. Topic areas were broadened the following year in 2017 to include all emerging contaminants in the aquatic environment. Conferences:

Green House Gas & Sustainability Symposium

In October 2009, ISTC hosted the Green House Gas & Sustainability Symposium at the iHotel in Champaign, IL. This symposium brought scientists from UI, the State, and private sector together to discuss aspects of climate change, carbon sequestration, and alternative fuels.

Illinois Hazardous Waste Reduction '87 Conference

This conference on hazardous waste reduction in Illinois was held in Chicago on September 22-23, 1987. The conference included presentations from companies that had already begun to implement pollution prevention projects in their facilities. The conference was sponsored by the Illinois Hazardous Waste Research and Information Center (now ISTC) in cooperation with the Illinois Manufacturers' Association; Chemical Industrial Council; Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs; and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Download the conference brochure (PDF).

Midwest Biochar Conference

The Illinois Biochar Group, in conjunction with the ISTC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as co-organizers, hosted the 2014 and 2013 Midwest Biochar Conference, which both were held in Champaign, IL. The conferences featured presentations and posters on the latest in biochar research and plenty of opportunities for discussion with those interested in all aspects of biochar work. A precursor to the Midwest Biochar Conference was the 2010 Biochar Symposium hosted by ISTC.

Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in the Environment Conference

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), in conjunction with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), held the Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in the Environment Conference on April 4, 2016, in Champaign, IL. The conference featured presentations and posters on the latest in PPCP research and education for those interested in all aspects of PPCPs in the environment.

ISTC also hosted a PPCPs in the Illinois environment symposium in April 2008. Topics include PPCPs in drinking water and surface water, ecological impacts, and disposal/management methods.

PPCPs in the Environment Teacher Workshop

In 2016, ISTC and the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant hosted a workshop for science teachers on PPCPs in the environment and how to teach the subject to in classrooms. The free Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in the Environment workshop for middle school and high school teachers was held on June 15 or 16, 2016, and was hosted by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. Up to 8 professional development hours were available for teachers to earn through the University of Illinois.

Sponsored Research Symposium

ISTC hosted a one-day symposium in 2009 and 2010 to showcase a number of the ongoing or recently completed projects funded through our Sponsored Research Program at that time. They spanned several of our areas of interest in industrial technology and pollution prevention, and environmental monitoring, assessment, and remediation.

Sustainable Electronics Symposium

2011 Symposium Archive

The SEI hosted the second Electronics and Sustainability Symposium on March 23-24, 2011. The event hosted a variety of speakers from various sectors who were discuss the ever-growing issues related to electronics and electronic waste.

The symposium served as a forum for welcoming new ideas and alternative methods for dealing with the current electronic waste problem. It also served as an opportunity to interact with representatives from academia, industry, and government sectors. The panel discussion offered at the end of the first day generate several new ideas and developed further partnerships in creating a better solution to this complex and evolving problem.

2010 Symposium Archive

The Sustainable Electronics Initiative (SEI) hosted The First Annual Electronics & Sustainability Symposium on February 23-24, 2010, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Over 20 impressive speakers in the field of academia, manufacturing, retail, government, and recycling presented their take on electronics and sustainability.