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Companies have come a long way from the days when profits and environmental stewardship were thought of as opposing forces. We are proof that what’s good for the environment can most definitely be good for the bottom line.
- Richard Robbins, Facilities and Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Mersen of Newburyport

Who We Are

Making Massachusetts a Safer Place to Live and Work

TURI Staff
Greg Morose, Rachel Massey and Liz Harriman

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell provides resources and tools to help make the Commonwealth a safer and more sustainable place to live and work.Established by the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) of 1989, TURI collaborates with businesses, community organizations and government agencies to reduce the use of toxic chemicals, protect public health and the environment, and increase competitiveness of Massachusetts businesses.

TURI Programs


We build the skills and capacity of managers, technicians and consultants. The core mission: to train professionals to become Massachusetts-certified Toxics Use Reduction Planners, and to offer continuing education for business professionals and citizens.
Grants TURI awards grants to businesses, community organizations and academia that support technology purchases, demonstrations, research and projects that reduce toxic chemical use in Massachusetts.
Business Technology alternatives and methods to reduce toxics can build competitiveness and security while reducing risks both to workers and the environment. Innovative green and sustainable production tools and methods are emerging in industry and academic laboratory research.
Toxic Chemicals Toxic or hazardous chemicals are substances capable of causing injury, illness, or death. Companies in Massachusetts have reported about their use of listed toxic chemicals, and our chemical fact sheets describe the hazards, uses and alternatives for selected chemicals.
Green Cleaning Looking to go green? Your safer cleaning option still needs to work. Our performance testing and on-line database of testing results can ensure the best choices without sacrificing performance
Home & Community We help organizations raise awareness of the hazards of toxic chemical use and introduce safer alternatives in neighborhoods through support for education and training.
Research With industry and university researchers, we identify and promote innovation in science and technology (green chemistry, toxicity and exposure, nanotechnology, materials engineering, discussion groups, networks and demonstration).
Policy Good environmental policy helps to ensure safe drinking water, clean air and healthy children. TURI's policy program assesses, develops, and evaluates initiatives that reduce toxins used in industry and communities.
Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act Program