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Precarious Promise: A Case Study of Engineered Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs)

CNTs promise to deliver dramatic societal benefits. Yet evidence of potential harm to human health and the environment shows that this is a precarious promise. Report and more information here.

Exploring the Concept of a Harmonized Chemical Scorecard

Explores options for evaluating and rating products and companies based on chemical content, use, and reduction. Download here

Wood Biomass for Heat & Power: Addressing Public Health Impacts

Presents the most recent science on health risks of exposure to woodsmoke and suggests ways to elevate public health in decisions about non-residential wood burning. More information

The Guide to Safer Chemicals

This hands-on guide for downstream users shows pathways to safer chemicals in products and supply chains for brand name companies, manufacturers, architects, designers, retailers, and health care organizations.

Released by colleagues at The Business-NGO Working Group. Go to their web site here.



Breaking Green Art Opening at Beyond Benign

The October exhibit featured paintings of local artist Carolyn Parello and promotes green chemistry.
More information here

Two Lowell Center Webinars Explore Health Impacts of Wood Biomass for Heat and Power

State of the Science for Local Health Officials

The October 24 webinar was co-sponsored by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and Clean Air Council.
Presentations and Materials here.

Health Impacts and What Clinicians Can Do

The November 13 webinar was co-sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Chapter; the Children's Environmental Health Network; Clean Air Council; the Breathe Project; and other partners.
Presentations and Materials here

Leading Companies, Universities, and NGOs Support New Principles for Safer, Healthier Products

The Commons Principles for Alternatives Assessment provide a solutions-based framework to guide retailers and product manufacturers in reducing hazardous chemicals and continuously improving the safety of products.

The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute, Environmental Defense Fund, and Clean Production Action worked with the Lowell Center to produce the report.

More information and to sign the principles here.

Primary Prevention of Asthma: A Symposium on Current Evidence, Research Needs and Opportunities for Action

On April 23-24, 2013, researchers, clinicians, labor and community representatives, public health professionals, and government leaders free fonts met at the Massachusetts Medical Society in Waltham, Massachusetts to advance understanding of and strategies for the primary prevention of asthma.

More information, including presentations, here.


Alternatives Assessment 101:
Hands-On Training

June 4-June 5, 2012
Chatsworth, California

In partnership with California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control, this two-day training was a practical introduction to assessing safer alternatives to chemicals of concern. More information about the training is here.

If you would like to be notified about future training opportunities, please email us.templates