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LOWELL - Scott Cassel, director of the Product Stewardship Institute at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, has received a national award for promoting pollution prevention initiatives.
Cassel received the Outstanding Member Contribution Award this month from the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) at its annual conference in Dallas.
Product stewardship is an environmental management strategy that advocates that whoever designs, produces, sells or uses a product takes responsibility for minimizing its environmental impact throughout its life cycle.
The two-year-old Product Stewardship Institute is a joint initiative between UMass and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. The Institute represents nearly 50 local and state agencies that are working together to reduce the environmental impacts from consumer products, ranging from computers and televisions to fluorescent lights and paints.
Cassel has been a strong advocate for financial assistance to local governments to help increase the reuse and recycling of discarded products. In particular, his award recognized the Institute's efforts to develop a collaborative solution with electronics manufacturers, retailers and environmental groups to increase the collection, reuse and recycling of used computers and televisions.
NAHMMA is comprised of experts from throughout the country who are committed to reducing the toxicity of the municipal waste stream by proper management of products that contain hazardous chemicals.
UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is deeply committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that bring value to the region. Second largest of the UMass campuses, Lowell currently offers its more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students nearly 90 different degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Health Professions, and Management, as well as the Graduate School of Education.