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Thursday April 04 2019 - Spring Continuing Education Conference


Devens Common Center

31 Andrews Parkway

Devens, MA



April 4, 2019

8:30am - 4:00pm

To Register:  On-line (click here)



8:00am - 8:30am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30am - 9:00am - Welcome and TURA Program Update

9:00am - 9:45am - Keynote: Ray Lizotte - Schneider Electric

9:45am - 10:15am - Industry Grants/Break

10:15am - 11:45am - Concurrent Morning Sessions: A, B & C

11:45am - 12:45pm - Lunch

12:45pm - 2:15pm - Concurrent Early Afternoon Sessions: D E & F

2:15pm - 4:00pm - Concurrent Late Afternoon Sessions:  F Continues, G & H


Conference Details

 9:00 - 9:45 - Keynote Speaker: Ray Lizotte, Director, Secure Power Environmental Stewardship Office - Making Sustainable Happen:  Sustainability Tools at Schneider Electric.  

10:15-11:45 - Concurrent Sessions A, B & C - Please Choose One

Session A:  Fundamentals Session:  Characterizing your process - Company Planners Only  

In this session, we will dive into the nuances and best practices associated with accurately and thoroughly characterizing the processes that use toxic chemicals at your facilities.

Session B:  Best practices for general practice planners - Consultant Planners Only 

General Practice TUR Planners face unique challenges in assuring that the processes and chemical uses of their various clients are characterized accurately. This session will focus on best practices for gathering and validating information to create complete and accurate Plan Summaries and Form S reports. 

Session C: Tools Track Part 1: Finding and assessing safer solvent alternatives

Identifying alternatives that work while understanding the chemical hazards and impact on the work environment is a crucial part of assessing alternatives for a process. During this session, participants will learn how to navigate TURI's Cleaner Solutions Database to identify potential alternatives, and they will receive hands on training looking at the expert judgement sections within the Pollution Prevention Options Analysis System (P2OASys) hazards assessment tool.  Note that this session is limited to 20 participants, who must also be registered for Session F. 

12:45-2:15 - Concurrent Sessions D, E and F - Please Choose One

Session D: Energy conservation: Incentives and opportunities

Learn where the money is in the new 3-year Massachusetts gas and electric efficiency plan.  Information on incentives for newer technologies and their applications and phase-outs for older technologies will be presented. We will also hear about energy management strategies to monitor and control your facility's energy consumption.  Planners will receive 1.5 RC credits for energy conservation for attending Session D.   

Session E: C1-C4 halogenated chemicals NOL: A focus on refrigerants

Planners will have a new category of reportable chemicals to consider in calendar year 2019 - C1-C4 halogenated hydrocarbons/halocarbons not otherwise listed. This session will touch upon the listing process for this category and the hazards associated with these substances. We will then focus on the alternatives associated with one of the common uses of chemicals in this category - refrigeration. 

Session F: Tools Track Part 2: Identifying and assessing solvent blends 

Solvents with toxic properties are used for numerous manufacturing applications such as adhesives, paint thinners, spot cleaning, etc. During this session, you will receive hands on training on how to use the Hansen Solubility Parameters in Practice (HSPiP) software to identify safer solvent and solvent blends to replace the use of toxic solvents.  Note that this session is limited to 20 participants who must also be registered for Session C. 

2:30-4:00 - Concurrent Sessions F, G & H - Please Choose One

Session F (continued) If you have already registered for Session F, please do not register for Session G or H.

Session G:  Minimizing materials that contribute to solid waste - THIS SESSION IS NOW CLOSED!

Hear about the Massachusetts Solid Waste Master Plan's source reduction focus, learn about Raytheon's sustainable procurement practices to reduce use of single use plastics and packaging materials, and discover ways companies can avoid disposing of office, kitchen and janitorial equipment and furniture. A quick "field trip" to the Devens EcoEfficiency Center will round out this session.    Note:  Planners will receive 1.5 RC credits for solid waste conservation for attending Session G.

Session H:  Phthalate esters and safer alternatives for plasticizers

Phthalate esters are a widely used class of chemicals, many of which are used as plasticizers in plastics and resins. This session will provide an overview of plasticizers and applications, phthalate ester hazards, and safer alternatives. Speakers include experts from Mexichem, a manufacturer of plasticizers and compounded resins, and Dr. Amelia Nestler from Northwest Green Chemistry, who will share the results of a study identifying and screening safer alternatives to five phthalate esters.

The full day fee for TURA filers and Limited Practice Planners is $200.00.  The full day fee for TURA non-filers and General Practice Planners is $250.00.   The half day fee is $125.00.  All fees include lunch.

Conference fees can be paid using a credit card through our on-line system.  (See below for links to use credit card for payment).  Fees may also be paid by mailing a check to Brenda Wilson at TURI-UMass Lowell, The Offices at Boott Mills - West, 126 John Street, Suite 14, Lowell, MA  01852.

Register Here!

Payment Options:  

TURA Filer or Limited Practice Fee ($200)
TURA Non-Filer or General Practice Fee ($250)  
Half Day Fee ($125)

Make checks payable to UMass Lowell.

Cancellations must be received by March 28, 2019.  Cancellations by this date will receive a credit for the registration that may be used for a future training.  There will be no credit given for cancellations after March 28, 2019

MADEP has approved this event for double credits.  The full day conference is worth 12 TUR Planner continuing education credits.  Participation in Session D provides 1.5 TUR RC credits for energy conservation.  Participation in Session G  provides 1.5 TUR RC credits for minimizing materials in solid waste.  Planners may use these credits to apply to MADEP for recertification.

For questions about registering, please contact Brenda Wilson at 978-934-3275 or Brenda@turi.org.

If you have any special needs contact Stacie Caldwell at 978-934-3275 or  Stacie@turi.org

For questions about the conference content, contact Pam Eliason at 978-934-3142 or  Pam@turi.org