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Alternatives Assessment 101 will feature experienced faculty and staff from the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute and the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. All presenters are skilled in designing adult training programs that are stimulating, interactive, and practical.

Ken Geiser, Ph.D

Co-Director, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production,
Professor of Work Environment

Professor Kenneth Geiser is one of the country’s foremost policy experts inthe fields of toxics use reduction,pollution prevention, and clean production.  He is a policy scientist who has worked closely with government agencies and non-profit organizations for many years on preventive solutions to environmental hazards. Professor Geiser founded and directed through 2003 the internationally recognized Toxics Use Reduction Institute.  He has served on the core advisory council of the United Nations Cleaner Production Programme, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Data Reporting Committee of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy, and the Agency’s Common Sense Initiative for Regulatory Reinvention. 

He currently serves on the Green Ribbon Science Panel of the State of California's Green Chemistry Initiative. He is the author of the book Materials Matter (MIT Press) that advocates a sustainable materials policy and holds graduate and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Pam Eliason

Industry Research Program Manager, Toxics Use Reduction Institute

Pam Eliason is the Senior Associate Director and Industry Research Program Manager at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute.  Ms. Eliason was a lead researcher and author of the Institute’s Five Chemicals Alternatives Assessment Report, which was commissioned by the Massachusetts Legislature to evaluate the availability of technically and economically feasible safer alternatives to five specified chemicals.  

Her work focuses on assessing and promoting the adoption of safer alternatives to toxic chemicals used in Massachusetts and around the world, and disseminating information on examples of successful implementation of cleaner technologies in industry.

Liz Harriman

Deputy Director, Toxics Use Reduction Institute

Liz Harriman is responsible for managing the operations and research functions of the Institute. In her 21 years working at the Institute, she has provided technical research and support services to Massachusetts companies with the goal of identifying safer alternatives to toxic chemicals used in manufacturing and products. Her most recent work was the formation of industry supply chain workgroups to help companies comply with international regulations that restrict the use of certain chemicals, including lead and brominated flame retardants. Other technical work includes design for the environment, chemical substitution, and analysis of industry progress in reducing waste and toxic chemical use. Ms. Harriman holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in hazardous materials management from Tufts University.