Researcher Spotlight: Shantanu Pai

Shantanu PaiShantanu Pai is an assistant sustainability researcher at ISTC working in the Zero Waste Illinois program, which assists in waste diversion and pollution prevention benefits for Illinois business, industry, and government. He joined ISTC in 2013.


Shantanu graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 2013 with a BS in Waste and Soils Resources. During his studies, he served as a research assistant at the Center for Land Use and Planning and at the Center for Waste Education. He also worked with Marathon County, WI, on framing their zero waste plan.


His research interests include fate and transport of waste materials through market driven initiatives; the role of affluence and directed public policy in solid waste management; and solid waste industry in the developing world. His passion for these topics is captured in a 2014 Prairie Research Institute lightning talk.


Shantanu counts the Solid Waste Characterization and Zero Waste Assistance program at the Forest Preserve of Cook County as his greatest ISTC accomplishment to date. He is also proud of and dedicated to the many ISTC projects that have helped manufacturing facilities across Illinois reduce waste.


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Check the ISTC home page periodically for more Researcher Spotlights. Thanks to Lauren Quinn for writing the original profile of Shantanu for the home page!