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As Honorees received Awards, they briefly described their work.

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.

Demonstrating the Ophir Optical elements in infrared sensing equipment.

Asst. Profession Ram Nagarajan, Plastics Engineering, UMass Lowell received the “University Research Champion” award for researching and identifying safer alternatives to flame retardants that are found in many household items, including baby products. He is also researching alternatives to toxic surfactants found in cleaning products.

Dr.Nagarajan, Professor Jayant Kumar, and students from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Receiving a Certificate of Recognition from Senator Donoghue
...and a Certificate of Recognition from Representative Arciero.
Ace Cleaners of North Andover converted its dry cleaning shop to dedicated wet cleaning technology with the help of a TURI grant to eliminate the use of perchloroethylene (perc), a probable human carcinogen. This spring, the owner demonstrated the technology to more than 30 dry cleaners in Massachusetts to encourage them to switch to the water-based system.

Mr. Kim, owner of Ace Cleaners 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 at the North Andover facility.  He and his workers and customers enjoy the fresh air and new freedom from eye irritation when in the shop.

Mr. Kim receives a Certificate of Recognition from A.J. Paglia from Senator Tarr's Office.
TURI Award given to Bernadette Giblin and Greg Malynoski by Rachel Massey and Michael Ellenbecker of TURI (left). Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park, Florence –“Creating Safeground: Transitioning Look Park Grounds to a Petrochemical and Pesticide-free Land Care Management Strategy”— transitioned 35,000 square feet of lawn to organic management, conducted workshops, presented at public events and worked towards creating a town pesticide policy or bylaw.

Certificate of Recognition given by President Pro Tempore Stanley C. Rosenberg.
Northeast Organic Farming Association, Barre - "Organic Lawn Care for Homeowners Workshop Series" - presented organic lawn care workshops in 10 towns and cities across the state to teach homeowners how to care for lawns without pesticides.

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

A Certificate of Recognition given by A.J. Paglia on behalf of Senator Baddhour to Kathy Litchfield, NOFA.

Brazilian Women's Group, Allston - "Awareness Through Media Addressing Toxics Use Reduction the Brazilian Community" - increased awareness among the Brazilian community of less toxic cleaners by conducting training and producing a radio talk show and an advertisement that was shown on Globo International Network.

Senator Finegold's aide giving a Certificate of Recognition to Groundwork Lawrence Project Managers' Rose Gonzalez and Maria Natera.
TURI honored this team of the Groundwork Lawrence project - "Healthy Living: Reducing the Use of Toxics" - as champions for educating 300 community members, including youths on toxics found in household cleaners and personal care products as well as conducting workshops and distributing materials about safer products.

TURI Award given to Paul Shoemaker, Project Manager, Safe Shops Project, Boston Public Health Commission (right).