Thursday, June 10, 2010

Recognizing Environmental Leadership

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute is based at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and works with Massachusetts companies and communities to identify and promote the use of alternatives to toxic chemicals and to improve efficiency in the use of water and energy.

Since 1989 TURI has worked to develop strong partnerships with businesses of all sizes, and recognizes their accomplishments with awards. This year two such companies in our area, Analog Devices of Wilmington and A.W. Chesterton Company of Groveland received awards, and I was pleased to join in recognizing their environmental leadership at a State House ceremony yesterday.

A.W. Chesterton employs 580 people in the Commonwealth, and produces industrial fluid sealing devices, such as mechanical seals. The company was honored this year as a “TURA 20th Anniversary Leader” for switching from chlorinated solvents to water-based cleaners. I am pictured with A.W. Chesterton members and Liz Harriman from TURI:

Analog Devices is a leading manufacturer of high performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing. The company is headquartered in Norwood, MA and has a major water manufacturing facility in Wilmington. Since 1990 Analog Devices has made significant reductions in chemical use while doubling production. Analog Devices was also recognized as a “TURA 20th Anniversary Leader” and I am pictured below with company officials and Liz Harriman from TURI: