UML bestows grants to eco-minded organizations

09/02/2007
By From the Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- The Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell has announced grant funds totaling $68,200 to 10 Massachusetts community organizations and municipalities. Projects will raise awareness about toxics in everyday products and encourage the selection of safer alternatives.

TURI awarded the following six organizations between $1,300 and $15,000.

* Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Barnstable, received a $15,000 grant to promote the use of new LED flares to boaters and emergency responders as an alternative to chemical flares containing perchlorate.

* Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc., Dorchester, received $15,000 to promote safer hardwood floor-finishing products to companies and consumers.

* ECOprojects of Jamaica Plain received $14,950 to educate asthmatic residents in Lynn about how to identify and reduce chemical hazards due to common household practices that trigger asthma symptoms.

* Worcester Youth Center received $14,450 to increase awareness among low-income, inner-city youths about harmful chemicals found in everyday products at home.

* The Townsend Conservation Commission received $3,500 to educate residents about the benefits of organic lawn-care practices by creating a demonstration site at the Town Hall and public library lawns without using pesticides.

* Friends of Tyler Park, Lowell, received $1,000 to encourage the reduction of pesticide use in Lowell's residential and civic spaces with a nonpesticide demonstration lawn site at Tyler Park in the Highlands section of the city.

* The Organic Land Care Program of Northeast Organic Farming Association's Massachusetts chapter, Barre, received $1,000 to award six Massachusetts municipal employees scholarships to attend an organic lawn-care course.

* Brazilian Women's Group, Allston, received $1,000 to educate Brazilian housecleaners about how to choose safer cleaning products.

* The Holliston Fire Department received $1,000 to build a program to educate the public about Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection pesticide regulations, the risks of pesticides and alternative ways to maintain a healthier yard.

For more details, visit www.turi.org, or call (978) 934-4343.