Speakers & Leaders
Dr. Michael Ellenbecker, Director of the Toxics Use Reduction Instititute at the UMass Lowellpraised the honorees for finding innovative ways to reduce toxic chemical use and educating the public on how to make safer choices. “Every one we honor here today is a hero for protecting public health and the environment.”


Ophir Optics of North Andover was Industry Champion for using Six Sigma and other Lean Manufacturing methods to reduce toxics use.  The award was accepted by Dennis Cope, CEO of Ophir.

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Keynote speaker Senator Marc Pacheco, co-chair of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, said that Massachusetts continues to lead the nation on environmental leadership and stewardship. “Our relationship between higher education, scientists and the business community is one we should be proud of,” he said.

Mr. Kim of Ace Cleaners in North Andover spoke of his history and pride in the rightness and order of eco-friendly choices, like the perc-free technology his business has invested in art the North Andover facility.  He and his workers and customers enjoy the fresh air and new freedom from eye irritation when in the shop.

Senator Pacheco, Senator Eldridge, Chancellor Meehan and Professor Geiser

Senator Pacheco, University of Massachusetts Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, and Senator Eldridge enjoy an informal conversation.

Representative Costello's aide gives a Certificate of Recognition to Project Manager Kathy Litchfield of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA).