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© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
Toxics Reduction – Good for the Planet,
Good for Business
Mark Myles
Toxics Use Reduction Institute
UMass Lowell
A Sustainable Situation?
• Only 10% of the
resources removed
from the Earth end
up in the goods
manufactured
• 90% end up as
waste
– Double economic
penalty
Source: WRI 2001
3© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
• Students: Business majors? Careers and
interests?
• People: Healthy? What is your future? Do you
plan a family?
• Citizens: Role of government, of science, of
people?
Who are you?
4© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
Who are we?
• State agency at UMass
Lowell
• Part of TURA Program
• Research, industry
support, education,
policy development to
advance safer
alternatives to toxics
5© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
Toxics considerations
• Cancer, asthma, other chronic health effects
• Early onset puberty, reproductive health
• Earth impacts, other species’impacts
• Regulation: RCRA, CERCLA, REACH, etc, etc
• Use in commerce: production and products
6© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
7© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
End-of-the-pipe Pollution Control
8© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
Treatment
Recycling
Waste Disposal
Minimization
Pollution Control = end of the pipe remediation
Pollution Prevention = greater efficiency with less or no toxics
Pollution Prevention vs Pollution Control
Source
Reduction
Toxics Use
Reduction
• Energy Conservation
• Cleaner Production
• Resource
Conservation
Energy
Recovery
9© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA)
• Users of large amounts of toxics must:
– Report toxics use
– Pay fees
– Plan toxics reduction
• Program supports competitiveness of
Massachusetts industry
• Created Toxics Use Reduction Planners
Adopted 1989
Effective 1990
Expanded 2006
10© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
Did We Achieve the Goals?
10
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11© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
Toxics Use Reduction Planners
• Only professionals able to certify TUR Plans
• 48-hour intensive course
• Certified by exam
TURA 20th Anniversary Video at
www.turi.org
“[Becoming a TUR Planner] was a whole new career
path….we have new credibility; people listen to us; we
became part of the business planning process.”
Jack Bailey, TUR Planner, Bose Corp
12© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
TUR Technical Analysis
13© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
TUR Financial Analysis – costs of toxics
Material/substance
cost
Worker protective
equipment
Worker
Compensation
Insurance
Hazardous waste
hauling
Air & water
emissions
permitting
Air & water
emissions
abatement
equipment
Risk protection –
accidental spills &
discharge
‘Soft’costs –
reputation, image,
etc.
14© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
TUR Plans – evaluating safer alternatives
Technical Feasibility
• Analyze current processes and use of
toxics
• Evaluate safer alternatives
• Choose alternative on technical merits
• Employ sound engineering principles
Financial Viability
• Collect information on cost of toxics
• Determine changes in cash flows
• Apply measures of profitability
• Base decisions on accepted accounting
practice
Toxics Reduction Methods
• Input substitution
• Product reformulation
• Process redesign or modification
• Improve operation & maintenance
• In-process recycling
15© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
Environmental professional
relationship to the business
• Compliance
overshadows all else
• Technical area not well
understood except by
practitioners
• Not typically included
in the general
business discourse
16© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
Integration into the business
• Talk in a language they
understand (typically
$$$)
• Integrate into the way
the company makes
decisions
• Align environmental
activities with company
strategy
markmylesgcc2014
I always make the business case
for sustainability. It’s so
compelling. Our costs are down,
not up. Our products are the best
they have ever been. Our people
are motivated by a shared higher
purpose — esprit de corps to die
for. And the goodwill in the
marketplace — it’s just been
astonishing.
Ray Anderson, founder & CEO, Interface Carpet

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  • 1. © Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell Toxics Reduction – Good for the Planet, Good for Business Mark Myles Toxics Use Reduction Institute UMass Lowell
  • 2. A Sustainable Situation? • Only 10% of the resources removed from the Earth end up in the goods manufactured • 90% end up as waste – Double economic penalty Source: WRI 2001
  • 3. 3© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell • Students: Business majors? Careers and interests? • People: Healthy? What is your future? Do you plan a family? • Citizens: Role of government, of science, of people? Who are you?
  • 4. 4© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell Who are we? • State agency at UMass Lowell • Part of TURA Program • Research, industry support, education, policy development to advance safer alternatives to toxics
  • 5. 5© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell Toxics considerations • Cancer, asthma, other chronic health effects • Early onset puberty, reproductive health • Earth impacts, other species’impacts • Regulation: RCRA, CERCLA, REACH, etc, etc • Use in commerce: production and products
  • 6. 6© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • 7. 7© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell End-of-the-pipe Pollution Control
  • 8. 8© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell Treatment Recycling Waste Disposal Minimization Pollution Control = end of the pipe remediation Pollution Prevention = greater efficiency with less or no toxics Pollution Prevention vs Pollution Control Source Reduction Toxics Use Reduction • Energy Conservation • Cleaner Production • Resource Conservation Energy Recovery
  • 9. 9© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) • Users of large amounts of toxics must: – Report toxics use – Pay fees – Plan toxics reduction • Program supports competitiveness of Massachusetts industry • Created Toxics Use Reduction Planners Adopted 1989 Effective 1990 Expanded 2006
  • 10. 10© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell Did We Achieve the Goals? 10 Total Use Production Adjusted 0.0 200.0 400.0 600.0 800.0 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Year MillionsofPounds Byproduct 0.0 20.0 40.0 60.0 80.0 100.0 120.0 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Year MillionsofPounds
  • 11. 11© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell Toxics Use Reduction Planners • Only professionals able to certify TUR Plans • 48-hour intensive course • Certified by exam TURA 20th Anniversary Video at www.turi.org “[Becoming a TUR Planner] was a whole new career path….we have new credibility; people listen to us; we became part of the business planning process.” Jack Bailey, TUR Planner, Bose Corp
  • 12. 12© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell TUR Technical Analysis
  • 13. 13© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell TUR Financial Analysis – costs of toxics Material/substance cost Worker protective equipment Worker Compensation Insurance Hazardous waste hauling Air & water emissions permitting Air & water emissions abatement equipment Risk protection – accidental spills & discharge ‘Soft’costs – reputation, image, etc.
  • 14. 14© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell TUR Plans – evaluating safer alternatives Technical Feasibility • Analyze current processes and use of toxics • Evaluate safer alternatives • Choose alternative on technical merits • Employ sound engineering principles Financial Viability • Collect information on cost of toxics • Determine changes in cash flows • Apply measures of profitability • Base decisions on accepted accounting practice Toxics Reduction Methods • Input substitution • Product reformulation • Process redesign or modification • Improve operation & maintenance • In-process recycling
  • 15. 15© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell Environmental professional relationship to the business • Compliance overshadows all else • Technical area not well understood except by practitioners • Not typically included in the general business discourse
  • 16. 16© Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell Integration into the business • Talk in a language they understand (typically $$$) • Integrate into the way the company makes decisions • Align environmental activities with company strategy
  • 18. I always make the business case for sustainability. It’s so compelling. Our costs are down, not up. Our products are the best they have ever been. Our people are motivated by a shared higher purpose — esprit de corps to die for. And the goodwill in the marketplace — it’s just been astonishing. Ray Anderson, founder & CEO, Interface Carpet