Jack Luskin in a striped shirt smiling at the camera outside with trees/bushes behind him.

Jack Luskin, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Director, Retired

Age Friendly University, Toxics Use Reduction Institute - TURI (Retired)


Sustainability Facilitator, Interactive meeting designer


  • Ph.D. Training & Learning, Nova University 1989
  • M.S. Radiological Sciences and Protection, University of Lowell 1979
  • M.A.T. Education, Fairleigh Dickinson University 1973
  • B.A. Sociology, C.U.N.Y. Brooklyn College 1971
  • Short Course on Facilitating Complex Systems Change, National Training Laboratory 1988
  • Short Course on Appreciative Inquiry, Taos Institute 1999


Professional Experience:

Throughout his career Jack Luskin had worked to bridge the gap between science/engineering and liberal arts learning, while facilitating the application of research to practical work environments. His interests include providing the environment for academic researchers and practitioners to see and understand their mutual relationship and critical areas of collaboration.

For over 30 years Jack Luskin has facilitated intra- and inter-organizational efforts to build capacity to enhance sustainable practices for industry, national and international agencies and other organizations. His experience includes working with the United Nations Industrial Organization and Environment Program (UNIDO/UNEP), the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Program, State Environmental Agencies, and various national and international NGOs. In the first two, Luskin developed and facilitated annual meetings of the respective center directors.

As an educator he has held adjunct faculty positions in the Work Environment and Radiological Sciences Departments at University of Massachusetts Lowell, and developed and conducted Cleaner Production training/learning programs in the U.S. and in Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, the Czech and Slovak Republics, and Austria. In the academic arena, as part of a UML Office of the Provost initiative, he co-developed and co-taught courses in the Manning School of Business, as well as in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Luskin has served on Boards of the Journal of Cleaner Production, the New England Consortium, the Source Reduction Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications, and the Pollution Prevention Training Committee of the U.S. EPA. He also served as an adviser to the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

Luskin was Senior Associate Director for Education and Training of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell. As an administrator Luskin ran programs sponsored by international agencies (the United Nations), National agencies (NIEHS), and foundations (Littauer, Jesse B. Cox). Luskin has also served as a proposal evaluator for the national Department of Environmental Protection of Ireland.

Selected Publications

  • Luskin, J., Blackman, A.B. Special Issue on Cleaner Production: Education, Training, and Learning, Journal of Cleaner Production, 8:5, 2000.
  • Blackman, A.B., Luskin, J. A Methodology for Promoting Pollution Prevention in Public Environmental Agencies, Pollution Prevention Review 10:2, Spring 2000
  • Luskin, J., Wooding, J., Somers, C., and Levenstein, C. Teaching Health and Safety: Problems and Possibilities for Learner-Centered Training, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 9:5, 665-676

Selected Presentations

  • Luskin, J., Bakker, M.(June, 1996) Using a Successful Industrial Pollution Prevention Tool in Universities: A Process for Incorporating Sustainable Development into Engineering Curricula, Paper presented at the American Society of Engineering Education, Washington, D.C