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Occupational Exposures to New Drycleaning Solvents

  Feb 24, 2015 -- Environmental regulatory requirements and an increased awareness of the potential occupational hazards from using the dry cleaning chemical perchloroethylene (PERC) have resulted in some dry cleaners switching to alternative chemicals.

URL:  http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2015/02/24/drycleaning-solvents/

Green Wash: The Dry-Cleaning Guide

  Jun. 4, 2015 -- More dry cleaners are claiming they use “eco-friendly” or “organic” solvents to get your shirts white, but most aren’t what they seem, according to a handy scorecard released by the Toronto Environmental Alliance.

URL:  https://nowtoronto.com/lifestyle/ecoholic/green-wash-the-dry-cleaning-guide/

A Hard Nut to Crack: Reducing Chemical Migration in Food-Contact Materials

  Jul 2015 -- Due primarily to consumer demand, health concerns represent the largest force driving innovation within the food-packaging industry today, Hotchkiss says. “I believe the safety issues will continue to grow, and those who can assure consumers that they are concerned about it and are doing what they can to address it will be rewarded in the marketplace,” he says. “Those that don’t will be punished in the marketplace.”

URL:  http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/123-A174/

Springfield organic lawn care efforts expand

  Apr 21, 2015 -- The city, which has been using organic land care practices since last fall at six parks and fields under a pilot program, is encouraging residents to join in the effort with their own lawns.

URL:  http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/04/springfield_organic_lawn_care.html

TURI Promotes Wet Cleaning Through Grant Program

  Feb 16, 2015 -- Rather than using perchloroethylene or hydrocarbons, Premier Cleaner & Tailor chooses to use professional wet cleaning in its shop located on a septic system in the Cornerstone Square Center in nearby Westford, Mass.

URL:  https://americandrycleaner.com/articles/turi-promotes-wet-cleaning-through-grant-program

Canton Firm is a Game Changer on Supplies

  Feb. 1, 2015 -- Boston Globe article about how H.T. Berry's focus on green products and practices has been good for business. Deputy Director Liz Harriman is quoted.

URL:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/02/01/the-greening-supply-chain/ycLE4iK1UsKmHMnGNZ4T8I/story.html

Neighbors Helped This Immigrant-Owned Dry Cleaner in Boston Go Nontoxic—and Stay in Business

  Dec. 19, 2014 -- Yes Magazine article about J&P Cleaners in Jamaica Plain switching from using perc to professional wet cleaning.

URL:  http://www.yesmagazine.org/commonomics/neighbors-helped-immigrant-owned-dry-cleaner-boston-go-nontoxic

Faculty Receives TURI Grants to Research Green Materials

  Dec. 17, 2014 -- UMass Lowell article about TURI awarding nearly $62,000 in grants to fund research that helps faculty and partner companies find safer alternatives to toxic chemicals.

URL:  http://www.uml.edu/News/stories/2014/TURIAcademicGrants.aspx

Can Jamaica Plain businesses go carcinogen free?

  Oct. 31, 2014- Boston Globe Magazine article about a plan to get Boston area shop owners to give up on dangerous chemicals is just the kind of bold thinking we need.

URL:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2014/10/31/can-jamaica-plain-businesses-carcinogen-free/VRMxpgfJYxDXJCiAHtu86M/story.html

Springfield City Parks Going Green

  Oct. 28th, 2014- WGGB explores how Springfield is going green. The city received a 20-thousand dollar grant to start using organic fertilizer at city parks.

URL:  http://www.wggb.com/2014/10/28/springfield-city-parks-going-green/

UMass Lowell institute awards $20,000 grant to Springfield for organic land care.

  Oct. 28, 2014- Masslive's article on how the city of Springfield will launch organic land care practices at six parks and fields under a pilot program, aided by the UMass Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute..

URL:  http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/10/umass_lowell_institute_awards.html

TURI funded UMass Lowell students receive EPA recognition

  A UMass Lowell student team, wins EPA grant to build on green nanosolder paste research funded by a TURI academic grant.

URL:  http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/B7CABAB68AE3106685257D7400518392

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