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News from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute
at the University of Massachusetts Lowell 
 
 September 2013 

Save the Date!

 

 

Resource Conservation Planning Course
Day I, November 1,

The Basics

Day II, November 6,

Technical Options and Asset-Specific Planning

 

Continuing Education Conference November 20

 

 

TUR Demonstration Site: ChemGenes Corporation

November 5 

Materials Use in Sustainability

 

The Boston Area Sustainability Group will host a discussion on the use and reduction of toxic materials.

 

Featured speakers are Liz Harriman, TURI and Rick Reibstein, OTA

 

Location: Venture Café, Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, Cambridge

Date: October 1

Time: 6:00- 9:00 PM

 

To register, contact Carol Baroudi, cbaroudi@redemtech.com

Apply for a TURI Business Incentive Grant

 

 

TURI offers incentive grants to help companies adopt safer technologies and to share their experiences with other companies. Incentive grants can help make implementation of your Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) opportunity possible and can help Massachusetts industry create a safer and more sustainable economy.

 

For more information and to download an application, please go to www.turi.org/industryincentivegrants 

You can also contact Pam Eliason at TURI, 978-934-3142 or pam@turi.org

 

 

Commercial/Industrial Water Efficiency Opportunities

 

The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center

will host a seminar on Commercial / Industrial Water Efficiency Opportunities

 

Location: 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA

Date: October 11

Time: 8:00-9:30 AM 

 

To register, contact Dona Neely, donaneely@ecostardevens.com

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null TURI Community Grantees Kick-Off

 

Recipients of the FY 14 TURI Community Grants met at TURI to share information about their organizations and their grant projects. 

  

La Chic Mentoring Plus, Inc., Beverly, "Healthy Girls Model Healthy Products"

 

The project team will develop a curriculum for middle to high school girls about safer beauty products. They will present the materials during the "Healthy Girls Model Healthy Products" after school program sessions and during a fashion show at the Boys and Girls Club of Lynn. The team leaders, who mentor at-risk girls, will present informational material and provide safer beauty products for the teens to try. La Chic will also present the project at an American Chemical Society conference.

 

Full Circle Earth Greenhouse and Farm, Woburn, "Healthy Communities Initiative: Pesticide Use Reduction through Promotion and Practice of Organic Land Care Principles" 

 

The  Full Circle Earth project team will educate more than 100 community members on organic land care methods. Through workshops and community events in Beverly, Wakefield, and Woburn, the team will help the public grow healthy lawns and landscapes without the use of pesticides or harmful fertilizers.  These workshops will explain how to rejuvenate the soil using microbes to strengthen plants to resist pests. They will also demonstrate compost tea brewing, give away easy-to-use kits and show documentary films on the harmful effects of pesticides.

 

Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Greenfield, "Green Cleaning for Food Service"

 

The project team will reduce toxics use in food service by compiling information on certified green cleaning products, practices, and benefits and distribute that information during routine public health inspections of commercial and institutional kitchens. The project team will develop a pre-survey of the current cleaning and disinfection products and practices used in food service operations and restaurant kitchens in municipalities in Franklin, Hampshire, and Berkshire counties in Western Massachusetts. They will develop a "Keep it $imple Guide to Green Cleaning in Food Service" and distribute it to food service establishments during health inspections.

 

Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, "Hidden Hazards in the Art Studio Educational Outreach Program"

 

The project team will share information with municipal and state organizations on toxic chemicals in art supplies and safer alternatives. The team will also share the information with artists and the general public. The project team will create a video and Public Service Announcement (PSA) about the dangers of toxic chemicals in art supplies. Toxic chemicals commonly found in art supplies include lead, cadmium, chromium, heavy metals, and hydrochloric acid.

 

Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition, "Cancer-Free New Economy Jamaica Plain: Integrating Toxics Reduction Approaches with Sustainable Community Development"

 

The Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition is a community-based effort to strengthen community resilience and support the transition to a sustainable and equitable economy. The goal of this project is to pilot an approach for promoting toxics use reduction as a fundamental strategy for elevating business and community practices that reduce toxic exposures on our way to a cancer-free neighborhood and economy. The project team will develop methods and materials to encourage a community conversation about the use of carcinogens at a local level. They will hold a workshop on strategies to eliminate carcinogens and identify 20 individual businesses that may be interested in transitioning away from carcinogens and using safer alternatives.

 

 
 Aerospace and Defense Supply Chain Conference
  

On September 24, TURI held a conference for companies in the aerospace and defense supply chain to discuss the challenges faced by the industry, emerging solutions, and the implications of the European Regulation, REACH.

 

 

Presentations, speakers' bio's,

  attendee lists are available at      www.turi.org/aerospacedefense

 RoHS and REACH Workshop
 
On September 25, TURI held a workshop for Massachusetts businesses interested in compliance with the EU's RoHS directive and REACH regulation, with special sessions for the wire and cable and medical device industries.
 
Presentations and an attendee list are available at http://www.turi.org/rohs_reach_sept_2013
 

TURI in the News

 

TURI's Report: Opportunities for Cancer Prevention: Trends in the Use and Release of Carcinogens in Massachusetts received additional press coverage, including:

 

Doggett, Madeline.

"Massachusetts manufacturers reduce use of carcinogens." August 14, 2013.
TURI Publications
  

Molly Jacobs, Rachel Massey and Dick Clapp are co-authors of "The Burden of Cancer from Organic Chemicals" (in David O. Carpenter, ed., Effects of Persistent and Bioactive Organic Pollutants on Human Health. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2013). The chapter reviews topics including rising rates of certain cancers, including children's cancers, and on-going exposure to organic chemical carcinogens in the workplace, in the ambient environment, and through products and food. The chapter argues that reducing human exposure to organic chemical carcinogens in the workplace, the home, and the ambient environment is a key component of a comprehensive cancer prevention strategy.

  
Gregory Morose co-authored an article in the May/June issue of Metal Finishing, "Evaluation for Alternatives to Hexavalent Chromium Sealants"