BC to Host Regional Meeting on Environmental Safety

BC to Host Regional Meeting on Environmental Safety

By Stephen Gawlik
Staff Writer

More than 100 faculty and administrators from New England colleges and universities will gather at Boston College on Nov. 12 to share ideas on pollution prevention and safe environmental practices at academic institutions.

The day-long event, which will take place in the Lower Campus Dining Hall Heights Room, will feature panel discussions, presentations by Environmental Protection Agency administrators and faculty from area universities, a poster session and a "best in show" awards presentation. Among the key topics to be explored will be "green chemistry," the invention, design and use of chemical products and processes to reduce or eliminate hazardous substances.

Participants from Boston College will include Vice President for Facilities Management Thomas Devine, Keith Kidd, who is the University's acting environmental health and safety director, and Environmental Health and Safety Officer Gail Hall.

BC is hosting the conference through its association with the Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence, a group of colleges and universities working with the Environmental Protection Agency to develop safe and cost-effective practices for lab wastes. As part of a pilot project, Boston College and the universities of Massachusetts-Boston and Vermont are permitted to police themselves in meeting federal environmental management guidelines.

The three universities are the only educational institutions in the nation allowed such self-regulation.

"This conference offers an opportunity to share success stories among those who are at work in environmental health and safety on college campuses," said Kidd.

Organizers encourage BC faculty, staff and students, especially those from the Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Psychology, and Physics departments, to sign up for the conference. To register, contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at ext.2-0308 or at p2workshop@bc.edu. Registration forms and other event details also are available at www.bc.edu/bc_org/fvp/ehs/green_chem.htm.


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