Growing the rural economy: WIST is working with a local producer to develop cold-climate grapes as a new ag crop for Wisconsin.
Supporting industry: WIST provides research and development help for Wisconsin employers.
Technology transfer: Strathmore RiverPoint printmaking paper was launched at a trade show in Pittsburgh.
Economic development: WIST provides compostability testing to help packaging manufacturers in new product development.
Supporting industry and improving workforce: WIST provides training short courses in papermaking to industry professionals including those in mills and in related supplier industries.
Public-private partnership: WIST is working with American Science and Technology to develop a cellulose pilot and processing lab.

The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) connects the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to business and industry and provides research, laboratory services, and education.

We're entrepreneurial, working to bring new ideas and innovation from the university to the private sector.

Laboratory services include paper testing, paper grade development, coating and lamination piloting, and related services that support the paper and packaging industries. We also provide compostability testing of coated paper and bioplastic materials. Our labs furnish analyses such as ion chromatography for carbohydrates, organic acids and alcohols. WIST research includes biofuels, renewably sourced chemicals from biomass, and value-added uses of agricultural and forestry residuals from processing. WIST educational offerings include papermaking courses, topics in sustainability, and our annual Focal Point conference.


WIST creates sus​t​ainability solutions and economic opportunities​​​​

WIST laboratory services working with Siemens AG on research and development

A project underway by WIST laboratory services will help global company Siemens AG provide sustainable water technology to the oil and gas industry. WIST’s research is helping to develop optimum parameters for biological treatment of water at oil and gas installations around the world.

Siemens' facility in Rothschild, Wisconsin employs about 150 people and is its global headquarters for research and development activities associated with treating water in the oil and gas industry. The company, with $86.4 billion in revenue at the end of fiscal 2013, ranks as one of the world’s largest corporations and is a major force in water technology and engineering.


 Upcoming Events

<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>03-31-2015</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>SustPack 2015: Collaborating to Move Sustainability Forward</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClass3297B41A630547FE884A3869CA74D7D9"><p>​WIST and IPS Testing, our partner in paper industry services, will be exhibiting at SustPack in Orlando, Florida, March 31-April 2. Join us and more than 400 industry professionals from across the spectrum of sustainable packaging.</p></div></div></DIV>
<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>04-19-2015</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>PaperCon 2015</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClassF5333990B12D4AF7B0E2E030F7F6C7D4"><p>​Join WIST, IPS Testing and professionals from all aspects of the paper industry at the world's largest pulp and paper technical program. We will be hosting a booth in the exhibit hall -- stop by and visit with us about your business needs. </p> <p>PaperCon is April 19-22 in Atlanta.</p></div></div></DIV>
<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>04-20-2015</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>International Biomass Conference and Expo</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClass59B27371164943BAB7682F87B6C92DAB"><p>The eighth annual International Biomass Conference and Expo is set for April 20-22 in Minneapolis. The event brings together entrepreneurs, project developers, researchers, company executives and others from throughout the biomass industry. Billed as the &quot;largest and fastest growing event of its kind,&quot; the 2015 Biomass Conference is expected to draw more than 1,500 attendees.</p> <p>WIST will be exhibiting at the conference, hosting a booth highlighting services of the Cellulose Pilot and Processing Lab, a public-private partnership of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and American Science and Technology.</p></div></div></DIV>
$14.5 billion
Annual production value of Wisconsin's paper industry
Professionals in paper and packaging industries provided learning and training opportunities by WIST
$12.9 million
Federal and state grants awarded to and managed by WIST with focus on growing Wisconsin's rural economy
Wisconsin pulp and paper mills supported by WIST research and laboratory services
Minimum number of UW-Stevens Point students who have received training and a paycheck from WIST while majoring in paper science, business or waste management

WIST works with Wisconsin businesses

“We absolutely could not have launched this program (especially the speed) without UWSP. It's exciting because although we are just beginning to sell it, the response has been so strong... I'm confident that this project will be a winner and everyone involved will benefit as a result.” – Jeanette Gile, Pacon.

WIST worked with Pacon to develop a new line of printmaking papers, after the company learned about our collaborative work to create RiverPoint fine art paper.

“It’s critically important that we have, one, a place to go to where we can have some of these short-term research efforts undertaken and not be delayed by our current research project commitments. And secondly, where we can do it at a place where we can train up students at the undergraduate or the graduate level and hopefully, long-term relationships develop and this becomes a feeder source for our future employment candidates as well. Siemens may be global, but having a local resource like WIST means we can undertake a greater volume of research with our current research staffing, and help develop the talent we’ll need to rely on in the years to come.” – Bill Cunningham, Manager of Biological Processes/Products, Seimens Energy, Inc., Rothschild, Wisconsin



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<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>10-14-2014</div><div id='newsList'><a href=' '>Focal Point 2014 highlights food and beverage packaging innovation </a></div></DIV>
<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>06-19-2014</div><div id='newsList'><a href=''>WIST working with Siemens R&D</a></div></DIV>
<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>03-02-2014</div><div id='newsList'><a href=''>WIST research featured</a></div></DIV>