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News from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute
at the University of Massachusetts Lowell 
April 2014 
Event Round-Up

Champions of Toxics Use Reduction Ceremony - June 10

See the TURI Calendar for upcoming community grant events on organic land care, compost tea and healthy beauty products.
TURI's free weekly e-bulletin features previews of recent publications and websites relevant to reducing the use of toxic chemicals.

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Apply for Business and Community Grants


Apply for a TURI Incentive Grant
Special Focus: Conversion from nPB to Aqueous Cleaning

Chromium plating bath TURI's Incentive Grants are designed to help Massachusetts companies cover the cost of implementing a toxics use reduction option.


TURI considers all project ideas, but a special area of interest this year is conversion from an n propyl bromide industrial parts cleaning process to an aqueous cleaning process. The system must be purchased and implemented within the grant period, July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.


If you are interested in an Incentive Grant, please submit a short letter of intent to Pam Eliason, Senior Associate Director and Industry Research Program Manager.


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



Apply for a TURI Community & Small Business Grant


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

La Chic Mentoring Plant-based Dye Workshop

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 make changes, 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 30. Download the application. 


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

2014/2015 Academic Research Grant RFP Now Available
TURI provides seed funding to faculty in the UMass system to initiate research that will lead to new opportunities for companies to reduce their use of toxic chemicals. Since its inception in 1992, this program has provided over $1,500,000 in funding to UMass researchers, supporting more than 105 graduate and doctoral level students. The seed funding helps researchers gain additional funding to find safer alternatives.


The research has contributed to industry adoption of toxics use reduction, has resulted in patents and commercial products, and has contributed to TURI's goal of reducing the use of toxic chemicals to promote safer worker and environmental health.


Learn more and download the RFP. Proposals are due no later than June 16, 2014. For any questions, please contact Pam Eliason at TURI.

Continuing Education Conference held on April 3 in Taunton

TUR Planners enjoyed a full day of learning at the Spring 2014 CE Conference.


Read and download presentations from this conference on topics ranging from process characterization to financial benefits to recent case studies and more.



News Briefs

TURI Deputy Director Liz Harriman was a featured guest on Debra Lynn Dadd's Toxic Free Talk Radio, speaking on "How Organizations are Reducing Toxic Chemicals to Protect Public Health".


Joy Onasch, TURI's Community and Small Business Program Manager, participated in the Federal Trade Comission's Roundtable on Professional Wet Cleaning garment care label proposed rule in Washington, DC. Read about the FTC's proposed amendments to the Care Labeling Rule.