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Tuesday March 01 2011 - Toxics Use Reduction Planner Course

TOXICS USE REDUCTION PLANNING COURSE: Effective Planning for Long Term Results

Dates: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 12, 2010 (Tuesdays)

Location: Marlborough Courtyard by Marriott, Marlborough, MA

Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) is about protecting workers, communities, and the environment, while promoting competitiveness through efficient materials use and management. The key to effective, long-term TUR is good planning.
This course will prepare you to create an effective TUR plan or improve an existing one. You will learn a systematic approach to identify waste and inefficiencies, to compare and implement opportunities to reduce toxics, to continually improve a TUR program -- and to do so with a positive impact on financial performance.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Take the DEP TUR Planner Certification exam
  • Develop results-focused goals and objectives for reducing toxics
  • Assemble teams to leverage diverse expertise within the facility
  • Enlist upper management support
  • Perform process characterizations of facility operations
  • Identify and prioritize toxic chemical and resource use reduction opportunities
  • Perform technical and economic evaluations of TUR options

About the course format

The class meets once a week for 7 weeks. Two 3½ hour modules are presented each day, with a 1 hour break in between for lunch. The course is designed and facilitated by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute. Each module is taught by one of a team of highly-qualified instructors – most of whom represent Massachusetts industries – who use a mix of lecture, facilitated discussion, and group learning techniques. The course also features a real-world case study exercise.

Becoming a Certified General TUR Planner

The course is open to anyone. It is a prerequisite for taking the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Examination to become a state-certified General TUR Planner. As required by 310 CMR 50.52, general planners must: (1) complete this course with a passing grade; (2) document their education and experience; and (3) pass the DEP exam. Simply taking this course will not certify you as a Toxics Use Reduction Planner. NOTE: Course attendance is required in order to receive a certificate of completion. If you have any questions about certification requirements, contact Paul Walsh at DEP at (617) 556-1011. If you have any questions about the course contact Anne Basanese at (978) 934-3144 or Anne_Basanese@uml.edu.

How to Enroll

Download the registration form from our website. Complete the form and return it by the due date. Make checks payable to "UMass Lowell" for the full amount of the course fee, which must be received prior to the first day of class. The registration will not be complete and the space will not be held until payment and registration forms are received. If courses are canceled due to low enrollments, or if courses are over-subscribed, applicants will be notified and any fees paid will be refunded. Applicants admitted for this course will receive a packet prior to the class start date with specific course information and directions to the facility. Register early! Class size is limited and the course usually fills. Applicants are registered on a first come/first served basis with a completed registration.

Return your completed registration form to Brenda Wilson; TURI-UMass Lowell; Wannalancit Mills; 600 Suffolk Street-5th Floor; Lowell, MA 01854; Tel: 978-934-3195; Fax: 978-934-3050; e-mail Brenda_Wilson@uml.edu.

Registration fee

If your facility has ever filed a TURA Form S, your fee is $630.00 . DEP Facility I.D.# is required for the lower rate. If your facility has not filed a TURA Form S, your fee is $2,000.00 . Registration fee includes 2 breaks and lunch for each day.


Registration is due February 18, 2011 . Registration is first come/first served. A confirmation packet – including directions to the training facility for the class – will be mailed to you upon successful enrollment.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received by February 21, 2011 (5 business days) before the first day of class. Cancellations received by February 21, 2011 will receive a credit that may be used for a future TURI-sponsored event. There will be no credit for cancellations received less than 5 business days prior to the start of the course. Fax cancellations to (978) 934-3050 or call Anne Basanese at (978) 934-3144.