Shantanu Pai

Assistant Sustainability Researcher

1010 Jorie Blvd.
Suite 338
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
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Shantanu Pai is an Assistant Sustainability Researcher at ISTC’s Oak Brook Office. At ISTC, he manages several waste reduction projects through the Zero Waste Illinois Program. Projects range from large-scale manufacturing assistance, to ancillary material recycling (nitrile gloves), and to assisting the Chicago Department of Aviation in waste reduction. Most recently, Shantanu worked with the Illinois Department of Military Affairs in creating their first integrated solid waste plan to meet the diversion goals within EO 13693. Shantanu was a research assistant at the Center for Land Use and Planning as well as the Center for Waste Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. While there, he worked with Marathon County, Wisconsin on a zero-waste program and other waste reduction projects. He received his B.S. in Soil and Waste Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago.



  • Master in Urban Planning, University of Illinois-Chicago (anticipated 2019)
  • B.S. in Soil and Waste Resources with a minor in Communications, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2013)

Research Interests

  • Implementing circular economy
  • Fate and transport of waste materials through market driven initiatives
  • Role of directed public policy in solid waste management
  • Integrated Solid Waste Planning

Recent Projects

  • Forest Preserve of Cook County Waste Minimization Project
  • Illinois Department of Military Affairs: Pollution Prevention Plan and Integrated Solid Waste Plan
  • Zero waste assistance in various food manufacturing businesses.


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