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Meet the UML Green Team: Joel Tickner


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 Joel Tickner

To understand chemical rules, or lack thereof, that span local, state and federal agencies, one must talk to Joel Tickner.  An expert in toxics chemicals policy, epidemiology, risk assessment, and pollution prevention, Tickner wears many hats at UMass Lowell.  He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Sustainability in the School of Health and Environment.  He is also principal investigator at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMass Lowell where he spearheaded the Chemicals Policy Initiative (

In Tickner’s work with industry, government and advocacy organizations, he is paving the way towards reforming chemicals policy in the United States.  “Policies that encourage the innovation of safer chemicals, products and materials are good for citizens, workers, and our environment as well as for businesses that compete locally and internationally,” says Dr. Tickner.

Recently Tickner was quoted and referenced in articles about “Toxic Toys” in both the San Francisco Chronicle and Time Magazine.  In January 2007, look for Chemical and Engineering News that reaches more than 158,000 readers, where Tickner squares off with a representative of the American Chemical Council.

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. ߝ 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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