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With support from the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources & College of Letters and Science
Sustainability News
July 2013
In This Issue
Focal Point 2013 session topics
NSF grant boosts biofuels research
Giving to WIST
Research, Education, and Laboratory Services

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WIST provides laboratory services, research and education to create sustainability solutions for businesses and organizations. Technology and ideas developed by WIST and its partners will spur economic growth in Wisconsin and the region and help all of us preserve a healthy environment for future generations.

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Annual Report October 2012 



Planning for our third annual Focal Point conference, set for Oct. 22, is gaining steam. Session descriptions are outlined below -- look for more details in upcoming newsletters and on our website.


Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


Paul Fowler

Executive Director

Sessions outlined for Focal Point 2013

 Focal Point 2013: Frontiers in Packaging will target opportunities and challenges for the packaging and converting industries in the Midwest. The event will address manufacturing, converting, end-use, and regulatory concerns in flexible and rigid plastics, paper board and specialty paper.


Highlights will include expert speaker presentations on
  • an overview of recent regulations on packaging for food contact
  • current trends in sustainable flexible packaging
  • latest developments in compostable packaging
  • how to provide evidence for green claims made in packaging
  • extended producer responsibility

  • alternative end-of-life management options such as anaerobic digestion

  • the recyclability & repulpability of paperboard

Delegates are also invited to attend tours of UW-Stevens Point's pilot paper machine and the university's new Waste Education Center.


Providing great value in one jam-packed day, this event will apprise participants of key drivers and issues in their industries.  


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WIST, C5.6 Technologies awarded National Science Foundation grant
WIST and C5.6 Technologies of Middleton, Wis., have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant of $224,292 to continue work on promising biofuels research.

You may have seen coverage of this news in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Stevens Point Journal or other outlets. You can also read the news story posted on the WIST website.


Eric Singsaas, WIST director of research, works with technician Justin Hall in a WIST lab.

WIST and C5.6 are working to develop bacteria that will ferment sugar into isoprene, a high-energy molecule that can be used to make jet and other fuels. Isoprene for industry now is mainly produced from petroleum sources. Sourcing it from cellulosic sugar would help meet U.S. goals for renewable energy production and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. 


This grant will allow the researched to builds on significant successes achieved thus far toward making biofuels and other valuable chemicals from cellulosic material. For more, see information the WIST patent for biomass separation and our website research pages, or contact Eric Singsaas, WIST director of research.


Giving to WIST 

Give Now buttonSupporting WIST financially is now as easy as clicking a button. To make a gift to the institute, click on the Give Now logo, which links to the UWSP Foundation. Please select 'Other' for your Gift Designation and in the Special Instructions field indicate your gift is for WIST. Thank you for your support! 


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