TURI logo TURI Newsletter
News from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute
at the University of Massachusetts Lowell 

May 2013 
Event Round-Up

TURI's free weekly e-bulletin features previews of recent publications and websites relevant to reducing the use of toxic chemicals.

 Like us on Facebook

Community and Business Grants Available


Apply for a TURI Community & Small Business Grant


Safer parks result when biocides are not used. The Toxics Use Reduction Institute is pleased to invite proposals from community organizations, municipal departments, small businesses, and regional and state-wide organizations or collaborative groups for support under our Community and Small Business Grant Program.


You have the opportunity to create and promote healthier communities throughout the Commonwealth by initiating projects that raise awareness and educate people about safer alternatives to toxic chemicals. 


State-wide or regional projects funded up to $20,000. Local projects funded up to $10,000. Submit your proposal by June 28. Download the application. 


Visit our web site for more information or contact Joy Onasch. 

Apply for a TURI Business Grant

Chromium plating bath TURI's incentive grants are available to help companies adopt safer technologies and to demonstrate solutions to other companies.


Process modification and cleaner technology demonstration site grants are available. Download the grant application. 


These grants can help make implementation of your toxics use reduction opportunity possible and can help Massachusetts industry continue its progress toward creating a safer and more sustainable economy. 


Visit our web site for more information or contact Pam Eliason.

Connecting Industry with Researchers: Join Us on May 16 

ETIC Meet leading faculty, students and staff who are researching safer alternatives to toxic chemicals and interested in forming partnerships with Massachusetts companies at the Greener Materials Research Symposium on May 16, 12:30 to 5 p.m., at UMass Lowell. A light lunch will be served so please register.

You'll have the opportunity to exchange ideas, learn 

about safer alternatives research, brainstorm new research topics and tour the Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, a new 84,000-square-foot R&D facility where industry can partner with UMass Lowell researchers.


To kick off the discussion, six UMass Lowell researchers who received funding from TURI between 2011 and 2013 will briefly present on their research interests and toxics use reduction projects.


For more information and to share your research ideas, contact Pam Eliason. Register Now. 

You're Invited to the Champions of Toxics Use Reduction Event

State House Please join us for the annual Champions of Toxics Use Reduction event at the Massachusetts State House on Wed., June 12 at 11 a.m.  


We will honor community organizations and businesses that are making the Commonwealth a safer place to live and work.

We will also be recognizing the founder of TURI, Ken Geiser, who retired this year from his position as Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
For more information, contact Maria Scholl.

New Resources About Higher Hazard Substances

Hexavalent chromium compounds and formaldehyde have been designated as Higher Hazard Substances (HHS), beginning in reporting year 2012. Find more information and draft reporting guidance on our web site.

Two new resources are available on the TURI web site: 
News Briefs

TURI Deputy Director Liz Harriman was an invited speaker at a recent Furniture Flammability and Human Health Summit hosted by UL Environment and several federal government agencies in Atlanta. She described TURI's work assessing alternatives to toxic chemicals, specifically those used as flame retardants. The summit brought together experts on fire safety, flame retardant chemicals, upholstered furniture, and health and environmental effects of flame retardants.  For more information, contact Liz Harriman, 978-934-3387. 


TURI Policy Program Manager Rachel Massey was featured as the Expert of the Day on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) website from April 30 to May 4. This interactive UNEP program provides an opportunity for individuals in any part of the world to pose questions on environmental topics and to receive responses from experts in a variety of fields. To post a question or view questions that have already been posted, visit the UNEP web site.


TURI, DEP and OTA staff and Massachusetts dry cleaners were invited to the State House on May 1 to talk to legislators about how the TURA program is helping to convert dry cleaners from using perc to dedicated professional wet cleaning. Over 20 legislators and aides attended the event where they heard firsthand from the cleaners about their experiences converting to professional wet cleaning. Springfield's WWLP Ch. 22 was on hand and produced a great story "Dry Cleaning Alternative Saves $, Environment."


TURI staff presented at the Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses conference at the DCU center in Worcester on April 24The conference connects sustainability stakeholders from government, education, business, and nonprofits. TURI presented information about the TURA program and how it fits in with sustainability policies and on the TURI's work with dry cleaners to eliminate the use of the toxic chemical perchloroethylene and move them towards professional wet cleaning.