Meet the Next Cohort of Excellent Planners
Offered every fall (except last year), the Toxics Use Reduction Planner Certification Course provides at least 48 hours of core instruction on how to develop a toxics use reduction plan. This year's class participants (pictured, left to right) include:

Nick Greene (Bake N Joy), Allison Tyropolis (HRM Associates), Stephanie Marden (Raytheon), Dillon Kempskie (Saint-Gobain Composite Systems), Amelia Baxter-Rosenberg (Westfield Electroplating), Izzi Montesi (Hollingsworth & Vose), Nicole Kebler (TURI), Samantha Herr (Quabbin Wire & Cable), Steve West (Greif Paper), Monika Roy (Lowell Center for Sustainable Production), Bill DeCouta (Borden & Remington), Lynne Santos (Trinity Associates), Kari Sasportas (OTA), Caredwen Foley (OTA), Andrew Dalton (PPG Aerospace), Brian Morril (GZA).
Andover Townsman: Mass. Companies Reducing Toxic Chemical Use
An article in the Oct. 4 issue of the Andover Townsman includes an interview with Heather Tenney about the the 2019 TURA data released by MassDEP. TURI and MassDEP collaborate on the analysis of the chemical usage data submitted each year to measure progress in Massachusetts.

“We’ve made a lot of good progress reducing the use of toxins,” said Heather Tenney, a research associate with the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, which compiled the data for the state.

Tenney said the program, which was created more than 30 years ago, has helped companies save money while reducing pollution released into the environment, chemical transportation risks, workplace hazards, and toxic waste byproducts.

“It’s important for people to know what’s going on in their communities, but also that Massachusetts companies are trying to reduce their use of toxins,” she said.

Read the Andover Townsman article that summarizes the TURA data release.

Register for the Continuing Education Fall Conference Sessions
Register for five remote sessions at the TURA Fall Continuing Education Conference and earn 15 Continuing Education credits. You'll hear from experts in the areas of PFAS, lean manufacturing, water conservation and TUR plan development.
Session Dates and Topics
Thursday, November 4, 9:00–10:30 AM
Session A: Lean Manufacturing and TUR: Two Great Things that Go Well Together!

Thursday, November 4, 3:00–4:30 PM
Session B: Fundamentals: Building a Creative TUR Team

Monday, November 8, 2:00–3:30 PM 
Session C: Water Conservation in the Age of Climate Change

Tuesday, November 9, 9:00–10:30 AM
Session D: PFAS: What You Need To Know and Do

Tuesday, November 9, 3:00–4:30 PM
Session E: Metal Finishing and TUR Solutions

If you have any questions, contact Pam Eliason.
Please note: We hope to hold the spring 2022 Continuing Education conference in person in the Marlborough area. Keep your fingers crossed!
Research Shows Safer Solvents Exist for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Safer solvents used to separate active pharmaceutical ingredients widely used in the pharmaceutical industry were identified and tested, according to a new study published in Separations journal.

UMass Lowell researchers conducted the study in partnership with Johnson Matthey with funding from a TURI Academic Research Grant. The goal was to find safer alternatives to methylene chloride used in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

The research team used thin-layer chromatography to investigate if an alternative solvent or solvent blend could show comparable separation performance to methylene chloride.

After identifying safer options, the research team evaluated dissolution power, safety and price, and found nonhazardous replacements to methylene chloride.

The study is available for free download. For more information, contact Greg Morose.
Next SAB Meeting: November 18
The next SAB meeting has been scheduled for November 18, 12:30 to 3 PM, and will focus on the nanomaterials petition, specifically multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

Contact Heather Tenney for more information.
National Pollution Prevention Awards
Deputy Director Liz Harriman, CD Aero's TUR project and the TURI Lab were among six entities that were recently presented with Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) awards by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.

The awards celebrate the successes of innovators in the areas of pollution prevention and sustainability. Read about each of their accomplishments.
A4 Virtual Meeting this Week
The Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4) is hosting its International Symposium on Alternatives Assessment during the week of October 25-29, 2021.

TURI Research Manager Greg Morose will speak about using the Hansen Solubility Parameters to identify safer solvent alternatives during the session on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 11 AM to noon.

This year’s virtual symposium theme, “Accelerating Safer and Sustainable Alternatives,” strives to highlight the increased attention on the innovation, identification and the adoption of safer and sustainable alternatives to replace toxic chemicals of concern.

TUR Planners: Attend the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4) symposium, October 25-29, and earn 8 Continuing Education credits.
Green Chemistry and Commerce Council is Hiring
To lead its future growth and brand transformation, increase its impact, and ensure the successful execution of programs in support of its strategic plan, the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) is hiring two new leadership positions: Executive Director and Program Director.

The GC3 is looking for strategic, visionary, collaborative, and accomplished thought leaders with business acumen who can build on the GC3’s existing legacy while charting a course for future impact.

The new leadership positions will collaborate with the GC3 founder and board member Joel Tickner (also TURI's co-director), who will continue to serve as a strategic advisor.

For more information, please email: [email protected]