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Thursday November 16 2017 - Fall 2017 Continuing Education Conference

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Taunton Holiday Inn
700 Myles Standish Blvd.
Taunton, MA 02780

Thursday - November 16, 2017
from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST

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8:00 - 8:30 - Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 - Welcome and TURA Partner's Update
9:00 - 9:45 - Keynote - William P. Flanagan, PhD - Director, Aspire Sustainability
9:45 - 10:15 - Networking Break
10:15 - 11:45 - Concurrent Morning Sessions A, B, C
11:45 - 1:00 - Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 - Concurrent Afternoon Sessions D, E, F

8:30 - 9:15 - Keynote Speaker - William P. Flanagan, PhD - Director, Aspire Sustainability

For the past 10 years Bill Flanagan has led GE’s Ecoassessment Center of Excellence, which was formed to assess the environmental impacts of products throughout their entire lifespan, from raw materials extraction through reuse, recycling, or disposal at the end of product life. The team has developed environmental life cycle management and life cycle assessment (LCA) strategies for over 40 product and technology categories in a wide range of industry sectors including healthcare, transportation, lighting, aviation, energy, additive manufacturing, advanced materials, and sustainable manufacturing. In 2014 Bill was awarded the Lifetime Individual LCA Leadership Award by the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA). In the same year, Bill was elected to serve as Chair, Board of Directors, ACLCA, where he has fostered a community of renewed excitement and collaboration. Bill graduated from Virginia Tech and received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. He is a certified lifecycle assessment professional (LCA CP)


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

Session A:  Materials Accounting Refresher (recommended for Limited Practice TUR Planners) - Materials accounting is that element of the toxics use reduction planning process that most closely correlates to the annual Form S reporting required under TURA.  Accurately accounting for the chemicals that are used, processed and/or generated not only forms the basis for your annual reporting, but helps you to evaluate the impacts of implementing TUR options and identify associated savings for your company.  Join us to review the requirements and nuances of materials accounting for TUR planning. 

Session B:  Reducing Chemicals in Water Treatment Processes - Many industries, from power plants to semiconductor manufacturers, require highly clean water for their operations.  Treating intake water sufficiently, however, can be a very chemically-intensive process.  Recent advances in technology offer even more cost effective opportunities to treat incoming water to meet strict specification while significantly reducing the amount of chemicals required. Learn about various technologies, and the economic feasibility evaluation that has allowed companies to justify the cost to implement.  

Session C:  Leveraging Life Cycle and Circular Economy Thinking to Improve TUR and Resource Conservation Success - Manufacturers have processes and products that impact environmental and human health beyond facility boundaries.  Understanding where those impacts occur, the magnitude of these impacts, and how to modify manufacturing activities to reduce these impacts is an important part of TUR and RC planning.  Understanding how your processes and products can be evaluated using life cycle and circular economy thinking - may help in making the economic case for implementing beneficial TUR and RC changes to management.  In this session you'll learn more about how to use life cycle assessment and circular economy thinking to help reduce your use of toxics, energy, and materials and how to communicate with your supply chain and corporate decision makers.   

1:00 -4:00 - Concurrent Afternoon Sessions D, E & F   Please Choose One

Session D:  Plucking the Low Hanging Fruit: How O&M and Worker Engagement Can Generate a Greater Harvest of Reductions - Operations and maintenance improvements are one of the 6 TUR techniques that Planners can choose from when identifying opportunities to reduce their use of chemicals.  These "easy fix" opportunities are often thought to not result in appreciable reductions.  In this session we'll hear from a number of companies on O&M improvements that have lead to meaningful chemical reductions.  We'll also discuss ways that Planners can and should engage with workers to identify, implement and improve their TUR opportunities.   

Session E: Diving Deeper for Even More Resource Conservation Success (RC credit for energy available for attending this session) - Using their process characterization skills Planners identify new opportunities to reduce toxic chemical and resource use. Getting a more granular picture of where and how resources are being used can provide deeper insights into new opportunities for process efficiencies.  In this session we'll learn how companies are metering within processes, rather than focusing only on the influents and effluents, to better understand where their energy and/or water resources are being used. 

Session F:  Relaunching P2OASys:  A Powerful Tool for TUR Options Evaluation - The Pollution Prevention Options Assessment System (P2OASys) was created expressly for Toxics Use Reduction Planners in the 1990s as an aid in evaluating multiple chemical and process options for TUR.  Since that time, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) was implemented and various new tools created to help companies better understand the potential hazards associated with their products.  TURI has spent the past year updating P2OASys to reflect those new systems and tools, and to create a web-based version of P2OASys that is more user friendly.  Come to this session to see the beta version of the new P2OASys demonstrated and learn how you can use this tool to facilitate your own TUR options evaluations. 

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Payment Options: 

TURA Filer Fee ($200) 

Non TURA Filer Fee ($250) 

Half Day Fee ($125)

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 November 9, 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 November 9, 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 Energy 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@turi.org

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

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