Senior Associate Director and 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. Since 2000 she has managed several programs, including the Academic Research program, which provides funding for University of Massachusetts researchers to conduct pertinent research that could lead to the reduction in the use of toxic chemicals by Massachusetts industries. Pam also manages the Industry Incentive Grants program, which helps Massachusetts companies create opportunities for enhanced toxics use reduction, and to demonstrate cleaner technologies to their industry peers. 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. She was instrumental in creating the methodology used to conduct this important research, and also focused her research activities on alternatives to the PVC plasticizer di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). As part of the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse, an interagency collaboration between a number of states including Massachusetts, Maine, New York, California and Washington, Ms. Eliason is leading the effort to develop a safer alternatives assessment protocol designed to promote industry adoption of safer chemicals and incorporate the principles of green chemistry.