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Municipalities & Communities

TURI toxics use reduction grants to municipalities and  communities support healthier homes, indoors and out, greater safety for workers, better water quality and, importantly, ongoing learning for residents. Learn more from the projects funded by TURI.

Greenfield Restaurants Go Green

The Greenfield Health Department worked with local restaurants to switch from the three approved toxic Food Code sanitizers to less toxic sanitizers. Read more...

MetroWest Prevention & Wellness Partnership; Healthy Homes Initiative

The town of Hudson created toolkits for indoor integrated pest management and healthy household cleaners. Read more...

Cancer-Free New Economy Jamaica Plain: The Next Phase of Integrating Toxics Reduction Approaches with Sustainable Community Development

The Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition has established a local "Cancer Free New Economy" project to educate the community and support businesses' transitions away from carcinogens and other toxics and towards safer alternatives. Read more...

Green Cleaning for Foodservice, Franklin Regional Council of Governments

The project team helped reduce toxics use in food service by compiling information on certified green cleaning products, practices and benefits and then distributing that information during routine public health inspections of commercial and institutional kitchens. Read more...

Cancer-Free New Economy Jamaica Plain: Integrating Toxics Reduction Approaches with Sustainable Community Development

The Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition is a community-based effort to strengthen community resilience and support the transition to a sustainable and equitable economy. Read more...

Center Pond Weed Project in Becket

The Center Pond Weed Project conducted hand pulling of invasive species in Center Pond in Becket to work towards the goal of eliminating the use of harmful herbicides in the local swimming lake. Read more...

Barnstable County: Stop the FLARE up in Water Contamination

The goal of this project was to prevent contamination from emergency flares to ground and surface water in and around the Cape Cod area, and to encourage the use of safer products for emergency responders and the public. Read more...

Townsend Organic Lawn Care Demonstration Site

The Town of Townsend increased public awareness that organic lawn care practices provide a viable, effective and safer alternative to toxic substances currently in use by creating demonstration lawns at the Town Hall and Library and conducting other outreach activities. Read more...

NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course - Municipal Scholarships

Six Massachusetts municipal employees were awarded scholarships to attend the NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course in August of 2007. Read more...

Westford Water Department Healthy Lawns Project

The Westford Water Department will continue to distribute materials about safer methods for lawn care to neighboring towns. The goal is to raise awareness of the link between pesticide use reduction and protecting water resources and human health. Read more...

Municipal TUR Policy

  Massachusetts towns have found it helpful to create a policy statement that reflects a focus on reducing toxic material use in municipal buildings and programs. The Franklin Regional Council of Governments model town policy statement can help you create one for your town. Download PDF file (5.64 kB)

Hoosac Water Quality District Working To Create Green Compost from Sludge

The Hoosac Water Quality District accepts and treats more than five million gallons of waste water each day from households, businesses, and industries. A state-of-the-art process is used to convert the wastewater process sludge in to high-quality compost- a hot commodity for local landscapers and gardners. Read more...
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