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Thursday April 06 2017 - Spring Continuing Education Conference

The Toxics Use Reduction Planner Continuing Education Conference

Thursday - April 6, 2017
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Great Wolf Lodge Conference Center

150 Great Wolf Drive

Fitchburg, MA 01420

Presentations available here


8:00 - 8:30 - Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:15 - Keynote - Dr. Richard Liroff - Investor Environmental Health Network

9:15 - 9:30 - TURA Program Update

9:30 - 10:30 - TURP Fundamentals Review - Financial Analysis 

10:45 - 12:30 - Concurrent Morning Sessions B & C

12:30 - 1:15 - Lunch
1:15 - 4:00 - Concurrent Afternoon Sessions D, E & F


8:30 - 9:15 - Plenary Keynote: Dr. Richard Liroff - Investor Environmental Health Network

Companies adopting safer chemicals policies can anticipate and avoid "toxic lockout" from marketplace forces, such as government bans or restrictions on products, to consumer and institutional decisions to seek safer products. They also can reduce their reputational and legal risks and enhance long-term shareholder value. Companies producing and selling safer products can gain market share, grow their top- and bottom-lines, and enhance their brand. These are some of the themes that investors are increasingly focused on, and that help build the case for safer chemicals and better environmental performance.

The Investor Environmental Health Network is a collaborative partnership of investment managers, advised by nongovernmental organizations, concerned about the financial and public health risks associated with corporate toxic chemicals policies.  IEHN members manage approximately $35 billion in assets. 

9:30 - 10:30 - Session A: TUR Planner Fundamentals Review - Financial Analysis (All Participants)

Every TUR Plan is required to include a good faith financial analysis of technically feasible TUR options. This fundamentals plenary session will start with a brief review of essential financial concepts like Simple Financial Payback, Incremental Cash Flow, Time Value of Money and Net Present Value, and Depreciation. We will then convene in small groups to work on examples that highlight these metrics, and discuss how they can help you evaluate the business case for your TUR option.

10:45-12:30 - Concurrent Morning Sessions B & C
Please Choose One
Session B: Pollution Prevention in Plating Processes - Basics

Metal finishing is an important industry in Massachusetts, serving aerospace and defense, electronics, and commercial product producers of all kinds. Frank Altmayer, an instructor from the National Association for Surface Finishing, will discuss how a plating process can be operated and/or modified to minimize waste generation. Topics include substitution of less polluting plating solutions, reducing reliance on higher hazard substances, continuous purification of hard chromium plating solutions, and contamination control. A special focus is given to pollution prevention ideas for electroless nickel and electroless copper.

Session C: Choosing to Implement: Stories from Your Peers and the Resources to Make It Happen

Once a TUR Planner identifies a really great TUR or RC opportunity, he or she needs to convince the company decision-makers to implement it. Companies choose to implement projects for a number of reasons - not all of them obvious. We will hear from several Massachusetts companies about what TUR projects they implemented and why they did so. Identifying resources - from technical to financial assistance - to help make implementation viable is an important aspect of the TUR Planner's' job. We'll share information on various resources and discuss ways these resources helped our speakers move towards implementation.

1:15-4:00-Concurrent Afternoon Sessions D, E & F
Please Choose One
Session D: Pollution Prevention Alternatives for Metal Finishing

For this second metal finishing session, Mr. Altmayer will cover more advanced solutions for Pollution Prevention in metal finishing, especially reducing losses and recovering metals from spent process solutions: electrolytic recovery systems, evaporative recovery systems, reverse osmosis other membrane-based recovery systems, and reducing emissions to the air and POTW systems.

Session E: Water Purification and Conservation

New, innovative technologies are emerging for efficient and cost-effective water purification. These technologies not only reduce downstream contamination, they permit water reuse in subsequent industrial processes to conserve water resources, and are often more energy efficient. In this session, we'll hear from some companies that have developed these technologies into commercially available systems, and hear about a case study of water conservation via reuse.
Qualifies for 3 TURP RC (water) credits

Session F: Chemical Safety and Severe Weather Preparedness

Heat waves, flooding, intense storms, power outages and other severe weather events pose a significant threat to communities where large toxic chemical users reside and when critical infrastructure and services fail or are damaged. OTA and the EPA will present businesses with strategies and tools for implementing toxics use reduction to prevent climate change weather-related industrial accidents. For additional information and upcoming Massachusetts regional trainings, visit www.mass.gov/eea/ota-climate.

To Register:
You may register online here.

The registration fee includes conference materials, a continental breakfast, lunch and breaks. The full day fee for TURA filers is $200.00 and the fee for non-filers 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. Fees may also be paid by mailing a check to
Brenda Wilson at TURI-UMass Lowell, 600 Suffolk Street, Suite 501, Lowell, MA 01854-2866.

Make checks payable to UMass Lowell. Checks may be mailed or brought to the conference.

Cancellations must be received by March 31, 2017 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 31, 2017

TUR Planner Credits:
MassDEP has approved this event for double credits. The full day conference will be worth 12 TUR Planner Continuing Education credits. These credits may be used to apply to MassDEP for recertification.  Participation in Session E will also provide 3 additional TURP RC (water) credits.

For question about registering, please contact Brenda Wilson at 978-934-3195 or Brenda@turi.org. If you have any special needs contact Maria Scholl at 978-934-4964 or Maria_Scholl@uml.edu

For questions about the conference content, contact Mark Myles at 978-934-3298 or Mark.Myles@turi.org

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TURA Filer Fee ($200)
Non TURA Filer Fee ($250)
Half Day Fee ($125)

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