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Illinois Teachers Prepare for Lessons on Impact of Drugs in Environment

Watershed InitiativeSchool teachers from across Illinois attended a workshop at the Illinois Sustainable technology Center June 15-16 to help them develop curricula about the risks of improper disposal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) and impacts of these emerging contaminants in the environment. MORE

It’s Not Mr. Fusion, But It’s A Whiz at Energy Production

Watershed Initiative“Mr. Sewer” is a multi-stage waste-to-biofuel production system under development by ISTC which can extract 100 percent of energy from a wide variety of wastes. By combining hydrothermal liquefaction of wastes with algae farming, the process can extract three to 10 times the energy in the waste alone. A commercial-scale plant is now being optimized on the University of Illinois campus. MORE

Prairie Research Institute's Watershed Initiative Recognized at White House Water Summit

Watershed InitiativeThe White House Water Summit on March 22, 2016, highlighted the Prairie Research Institute’s Resilient Watersheds Initiative at the University of Illinois in its announcement of new measurable steps being taken across the country to address key water issues. The Resilient Watersheds Initiative at the University of Illinois seeks to provide a science-based and data-driven approach to promoting resilient, sustainable Illinois watersheds.

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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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Rupa Ganguly
Process Development Engineer

Rupa Ganguly is a Process Development Engineer who joined ISTC in May 2012. As an Environmental Engineer she broadly delves into wastewater treatment and its beneficial reuse. Her research interests include:

  • Performance benchmarking of wastewater treatment plants
  • Environmental sustainability and economic feasibility of emerging water treatment technologies
  • Reuse of low-value biosolids
  • Recirculating and intensive aquaculture systems
  • Remediation of saline wastewater and groundwater.

Prior to joining ISTC, Ganguly was a Scientific Engineering Associate in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where she quantified energy efficient strategies for data centers in terms of energy savings and life cycle cost analysis, benchmarking and best practices, and their impact on indoor air quality through aerosol measurements.

Ganguly holds an M.S. in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, an M.S. in engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) and a B.E. in electrical and electronics engineering from R.V. College of Engineering (Bangalore, India).

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