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Thursday November 20 2014 - TURA Continuing Education Conference

Courtyard Boston Marlborough Hotel, 75 Felton Street, Marlborough, MA  01752

November 20, 2014 (Thursday) - 8:00am - 4:10pm

 The Toxics Use Reduction Planner Continuing Education Conference
Twenty five years ago, the Massachusetts legislature passed landmark legislation - the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA).  Today, the TURA Program is considered a model environmental policy by other states and countries.  The program's success is due, in large part, to the dedicated professionals who are Toxics Use Reduction Planners.  TUR Planners continue to help companies reduce toxic chemical use and costs, improve the health and safety of workers and the public and support the competitiveness of Massachusetts businesses.  The TURA Program gratefully recognizes TUR Planners this 25th Anniversary Year.

Please view presentations for the conference here


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

8:30am - 9:15am - Plenary Keynote - Martin Suuberg, Undersecretary of Environment

9:30am - 12:00pm - Concurrent Morning Sessions A, B, & C

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch

1:00pm - 3:30pm - Concurrent Afternoon Sessions D, E, & F

3:40pm - 4:10pm - Panel Discussion: Reflections on Being a TUR Planner

4:10pm - 5:00pm - TURI/TURPA Receptions (complimentary)

Plenary Keynote - Martin Suuberg, Undersecretary of Environment

9:30 - 12:00 - Concurrent Morning Sessions A, B, and C  (Choose One) 

Sessions A:  Resource Conservation Case Studies- SESSION IS NOW CLOSED 

Conserving energy, water and material resources improves efficiency and contributes directly to the sustainability of businesses.  In this session, we will hear from personnel directly involved with successful RC projects about how to sell RC projects to upper management.  We'll then learn what a utility company is planning to do to assist small and mid-size businesses to manage the implementation of RC projects.  Qualifies for 6 TUR CE Credits and 3 RC Credits

Session B:  Focus on Higher Hazard Substances 
Newly designated Higher Hazard Substances, and safer alternatives to them, are the focus of this session.  We will hear from representatives from International Rectifier about their work with TURI to identify an aqueous alternative to nPB; and about a consortium of aerospace and defense companies to eliminate Cr+6 from sealants, primers, and top coats.  We will also discuss ethyl acetate- recommended by the TURA Science Advisory Board as a lower hazard substance - as a potential alternative to solvent HHS.  Qualifies for 6 TUR CE Credits 

Session C:  Workshop:  Finance and Making the Business Case 

This session will be a hands-on workshop based on an environmental accounting case study presented at the American Accounting Association by UMass Lowell Prof. George Joseph.  Participants will consider various components of the total Costs of Toxics for a fictitious company, and then calculate the financial returns (Simple payback, NPV, IRR) of less-hazardous alternatives.  The case then goes on to consider qualitative factors that could influence decision making.  Participants will then work on developing a business case for presentation to management.  Qualifies for 6 TUR CE Credits

12:00 PM -  1:00 PM - Lunch   

1:00 - 3:30 Concurrent Afternoon Sessions D, E, and F   (Choose One)  

Session D:  Cleaners, Strippers and Solvents:  What's What and Who's Who
What's the difference between a cleaner, a stripper, or solvent? How do I find something safer than what I use now? It might be safer but will it work? Come find out what the TURI Lab and friends have been up to in the field of cleaning, paint stripping, and solvent alternatives. TURI lab scientists will discuss ongoing projects, plus show how the Hansen Solubility Parameters in Practice software can help you identify and optimize solvent choices for particular requirements.  Qualifies for 6 TUR CE Credits

Session E:  Global Toxics Policy Update

Toxics regulations in Massachusetts and around the world are frequently updated. This session will include an update from MassDEP on regulatory changes related to toxic chemicals, as well as those pertaining to greenhouse gases. It will also include updates on recent changes in toxics regulations for consumer products in other states, as well as updates on the European regulations REACH and RoHS.  Qualifies for 6 TUR CE Credits

Session F: Case Studies on Making the Business Case - THIS IS SESSION IS POSTPONED 

TUR projects are more readily accepted within companies when they clearly align with business objectives.  In this session, we'll hear presenters from Schneider Electric and other companies describe how their TUR efforts not only reduced toxics use, but helped achieve other business goals like improved sales prospects, reduced costs, and greater market acceptance of products. Qualifies for 6 TUR CE Credits 

3:40 PM - 4:10 PM - Panel Discussion: Reflections on Being a TUR Planner

4:10 PM - 5:00 PM - TURI/TURPA Reception*

*If you can not attend this Continuing Education Conference, and would like to attend the after conference TURI/TURPA reception, please email Brenda@turi.org

To Register:You now can register online, or download the registration form.   When you register on line, you will receive an email confirmation of your registration.  If you download the registration form, you can fax the completed form to 978 934-3050 or mail it to:

Brenda Wilson, CE Conference,TURI-UMass Lowell, 600 Suffolk Street, 501, Wannalancit Mills, Lowell, MA  01854-2866

Registration Deadline:
The registration deadline is November 12, 2014.

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 $250.00The 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 out to UMass Lowell.  Checks may be mailed or brought to the conference.

Cancellations must be received by November 12, 2014.  Cancellations received by this date will receive a credit that can be used for a future training.  There will be no credit given for cancellations after November 12, 2014.

CE Credit:
 DEP has approved this event for double credits. The full day conference will be worth 12 credits.  RC credits will not be doubled.  These credits may be used to apply to DEP for recertification.

If you have any questions or special needs contact Anne Basanese at 978-934-3144 or  Anne_Basanese@uml.edu

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

Come Join Us!

When sessions have ended please join us for refreshments and banter.  TURI's Director, Mike Ellenbecker will moderate a panel of TUR Planners to reveal funniest stories, scariest moments and proudest accomplishments.

TURI is proud of the work that TUR Planners do.  Planners contribute significantly to the successful reduction in the use and release of toxic chemicals in the Commonwealth.  In this 25th anniversary year, TURA would like to celebrate Toxics Use Reduction Planners and all that you do.  Please take a little time at the end of the day for a well-deserved "pat on the back".



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