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EMS Training

Organization(s) Toxics Use Reduction Institute
Project Description The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell continues to participate in an Environmental Management System (EMS) pilot project that is expected to put the University at the cutting edge of a nationwide initiative. EMS implementation at UML is moving at a rapid pace as outreach and training reaches faculty and students. Teams will begin writing new procedures over the next few months. The University is one of only two academic institutions selected to participate in the EPA-sponsored project to create a national environmental model. The other 10 participants include municipalities, sewer districts, transportation complexes, and a state agency. The initial phase of the two-year project will focus on one campus building, which houses the Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Sciences Departments in which certain specific environmental targets have been set that meet ISO 14001 standards. At the end of that period, the University will retain an independent environmental auditor to verify conformance at this first or fence line site with the targets. TURI’s role will include development of EMS curriculum and training resources at the University, which will ultimately assist Massachusetts universities, municipalities, government agencies, non-profit organizations and other entities. TURI recently held a two-day EMS training workshop for key University and Institute staff who will be involved in the project. The University initiative complements the industry-focused EMS work that the Institute has been engaged in for a number of years. In 2001, for example, TURI sponsored a workgroup for 12 manufacturers that focused on the systems, methods and real-world lessons of EMS development. TURI's Environmental Management System workgroups were designed for 6 to 10 participating companies to share experiences in EMS implementation. The FY 2001 series hosted by NYPRO and M/A-COM were a great success, ending in a joint session of learning and celebration. All participants expect to be more efficient and agile as a result of their efforts in implementing and EMS. The 2002 workgroups have been established, led by Teradyne of North reading and Gentex Optics of Dudley. Pam Eliason and Janet Clark of the Institute manage these workgroups.

More Info www.turi.org/HTMLSrc/turptalk.html
Project Contact
Name Janet Clark
Phone 978-934-3346
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems
Activity Keywords Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 11 No. 3, Fall 2001 [PDF]


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