||On October 31st, the 2001 Governor's Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Toxics Use Reduction was held in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Usually coinciding with National Pollution Prevention Week, these awards are presented each year to businesses, public or private institutions, nonprofit organizations, community groups or individuals that have demonstrated leadership and superior results in toxics use reduction (TUR) and pollution prevention (P2). The event was a success and had about 100 participants, including representatives from industry, government, academia, and approximately 30 high school students from Holyoke.
Bob Durand, Secretary of Environmental Affairs, was proud to present the Governor's Awards to the five recipients, recognizing them for their "Outstanding Achievement in Toxics Use Reduction." The winners, representing public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and small, medium and large industries, are: the Burlington Board of Health, the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Texas Instruments, Inc., Standard Thompson Corp., and Armstrong Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Following the presentation of the awards, Dr. John Warner, professor at the University of Massachusetts _ Boston, engaged the high school students in an enthusiastic presentation, encouraging them to learn more about green chemistry, science, and technology. He emphasized the need for the next generation of scientists to understand all that "conventional" scientists know, plus techniques and skills required to assess and solve problems related to toxicity and environmental impact so that they can create new safer materials.
In addition to the awards program, the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) displayed an exhibition, titled "Paying Dividends: Massachusetts Industry and Environmental Progress", honoring the many successes accomplished by Massachusetts industries over the past decade, since the promulgation of the Toxics Use Reduction Act. The companies participating in this exhibit have shown exceptional TUR and P2 achievements and are profiled in case studies developed in conjunction with OTA. These companies are examples of how Massachusetts industries have successfully integrated TUR and P2 into their business strategy, by implementing new technologies, and modifying existing production processes to meet and exceed regulatory requirements.