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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

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell provides resources and tools to help make the Commonwealth a safer 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 and Partners Work to Help Companies Reduce Toxics

  • Toxics Use Reduction Institute -- Provides education, training and grants for Massachusetts industry and communities; sponsors research and demonstration sites on safer materials and technologies; provides policy analysis and laboratory services; manages the TURA Science Advisory Board.
  • Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance -- A non-regulatory agency, OTA provides free, confidential, on-site technical and compliance consultations to Massachusetts businesses and institutions.
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection -- MassDEP certifies Toxics Use Reduction Planners, receives and reviews toxics use reports submitted by companies, provides guidance, takes enforcement actions, and collects chemical use data and makes it available to the public.


Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act Program