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UMass Lowell's Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) presented the 2008 Champions of Toxics Use Reduction Awards

The annual Awards ceremony headlined by UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, honors outstanding leaders who have reduced toxic chemical use in Massachusetts through innovation and outreach.

"These companies and community organizations have taken on the challenge of finding safer alternatives to toxic chemicals," said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. "What really sets them apart is their willingness to share their knowledge with other companies, groups and the public. And in the end, we all benefit."

The three winners of the 2008 Industry Champions of Toxics Use Reduction Awards are:

  • Rose Perkins (Toxics Use Reduction Planner) and Rohm and Haas Electronics Materials, Marlborough
  • Gentex Optics, Dudley
  • Silver Hanger Cleaners, Bellingham

The Five Winners of the 2008 Community Champions of Toxics Use Reduction Awards are:

  • Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Barnstable
  • Worcester Youth Center
  • ECOprojects, Lynn
  • Town of Townsend, Conservation Commission
  • Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Inc., (Viet-AID), Dorchester

The TURA Science Advisory Board was also recognized for lending their expertise to implement the TURA 2006 Amendments. The 9-member voluntary board makes chemical recommendations to the higher or lower hazard lists based on science.

Senator Pamel Resor who is retiring was recognized for her commitment to health and the environment.