By Joy Scrogum
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) Technical Assistance Program (TAP) at the University of Illinois 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.
In service to the State of Illinois, ISTC provides all Illinois organizations, businesses, manufacturing facilities, institutions and governments the opportunity for one free site visit and sustainability assessment from TAP. However, in light of the Governor’s stay-at-home order and restrictions on non-essential travel for University personnel as we face the COVID-19 pandemic, TAP staff members are currently not conducting in-person site visits.
But this does not mean that we are not still here to serve you. Our staff members are working remotely, and are available to help your business or community with:
- Answers to questions related to waste reduction, water and energy efficiency and conservation
- Guidance on institutional water treatment, particularly given recent changes to building use patterns
- Greening your supply chain
- Sustainability visioning, goal setting, planning and communication with stakeholders
- Information on alternative technologies and processes to reduce resource consumption, hazardous material use, and emissions
- General recommendations for process improvement, which can increase your productivity while reducing your negative environmental footprint
Learn more about TAP services and impacts on the ISTC web site. If you are interested in scheduling a site visit in the future, when travel restrictions have been lifted, fill out our form to request a site visit. Questions can also be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, to receive immediate assistance.
Subscribe to our monthly e-mail newsletter on sustainability for food and beverage manufacturers and to ISTC’s quarterly newsletter to stay up-to-date on current activities.
You can also keep up to date on TAP projects and services, case studies, and guidance by subscribing to the ISTC blog (look for the “subscribe” box for email input on the main blog page) or exploring the blog’s Technical Assistance category. Our web site also provides a list of fact sheets, case studies and other publications which may provide inspiration for your efforts. In the coming months, TAP will also be developing a new web site to more fully describe recent projects, successes, and services; this will be linked to directly from the main ISTC web site. Be on the lookout for it!
Finally, on April 9th, at 12 PM Central, we invite you to join us for a webinar, Ann Arbor Summer Festival (A2SF) Festival Footprint: Going Zero Waste. Learn more and register here. If it inspires you to pursue zero waste at your facility or in your community, we’d love to discuss opportunities and ideas with you! Reach out to our zero waste team at email@example.com. If you want to receive notifications of future webinars from ISTC, you can sign up here.
Stay safe and know that we are here to support your organization’s sustainability efforts during this difficult time.