We shouldn’t live in a world where mothers are worried about toxic breast milk, food, and toys. Or where workers are worried about toxic exposures on the job. And where companies are worried about the trade-off between profits and the environment. There is a better way.
The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production promotes communities, workplaces, and products to be healthy, humane, and respectful of natural systems.
We promote environmentally sound systems of production and consumption by using rigorous science and innovative strategies to develop practical solutions.
We reject the assumption that pollution, resource depletion, and health impairment are inevitable consequences of modern life.
We also reject the assumption that the less powerful and privileged should be disproportionately harmed by practices and policies that degrade health, the environment, or human dignity.
Instead, we are committed to working collaboratively with citizen groups, workers, businesses, institutions, and governments to build healthy work environments, thriving communities, and viable businesses and institutions that support a more sustainable world.
Our systems of production and consumption are not only root causes of environmental and health problems but also significant contributors to the solution.
We are committed to a broad, global transition to sustainable materials, production processes, and conditions of life and work. This commitment led us to found the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell 1996.
Our commitment to advancing sustainability requires both a fundamental transition in the materials basis of the global economy and a reformation of the social and cultural values that maintain current systems of production and consumption. While these are far-reaching and ambitious goals, nothing less will assure future generations a just and sustainable life. This is how we define success in the long term.
In the short term, we see success in practical, achievable steps that provide hope, a sense of movement, and the insights and expertise that will be needed to resolve as-yet-unknowable obstacles which lie ahead. Thus, we are convinced of the importance of rigorous scientific methods to help us identify alternatives to current unsustainable materials, methods of production, and conditions of work.