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Meet the UML Green Team: Liz Harriman


LOWELL ߝ While other universities are focused on greening up for the holiday season, UMass Lowell is focused on increasing environmental awareness in December.

Meet Liz Harriman

Deputy Director of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute Liz Harriman was troubled but not surprised by the recent Danvers chemical explosion at CAI, Inc.  In her 15 years at the Institute, Harriman has applied her research, technical and leadership skills to help Massachusetts companies find safer alternatives to toxic chemicals used in manufacturing and products.  The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA), which established the Institute, has encouraged medium- to larger-sized companies to reduce toxic chemical use by 41 percent since 1990.  However, smaller companies like CAI are not required to prepare reduction plans or report toxic chemical use to the state.  “Although I am proud of our work and the companies who have reduced their toxic chemical use, I am painfully aware in the aftermath of the Danvers chemical explosion just how far we still need to go,” said Harriman.

Harriman also served as project manager of the state-commissioned “Five Chemicals Study,” completed last year. The scientific study looks at significant uses of five toxic chemicals and identifies safer and effective alternatives to each chemical used in several applications. Results were published by TURI in July 2006 (

Join UML Experts for a Town Meeting on Climate Change

Governor-elect Deval Patrick will join a panel of UMass Lowell experts on campus for U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan’s Town Meeting, “Climate Change: Local Solutions to a Global Crisis.” The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder St., Lowell. It is free and open to the public.

UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education.

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