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Tom Lent

Policy Director, Healthy Building Network

Tom has thirty-seven years of experience in environmental analysis primarily focused on healthy and resource efficient building technologies and the health, environmental and social impact of buildings, materials, and energy.

He is Policy Director of the Healthy Building Network (HBN), a national nonprofit committed to transformation of the market for building materials to advance the best environmental, health and social practices. He has studied the impact of a wide range of products and coordinated the development of standards including the Green Guide for Health Care, LEED for Healthcare, the Sustainable Bioplastic Guidelines and the Health Product Declaration. Tom has received awards from the EPA and the US Green Building Council for his research and advocacy.

Tom is a co-developer of the Pharos Project - HBN's tool for selecting healthier building products - and manages its chemical library which catalogs the health impacts of over 35,000 substances and is now developing a Chemical Hazard Data Commons for collaborative management and curation of global chemical hazard information. With CPA, C2C, HPDC and BIFMA on the Harmonization Task Group he has worked to align chemical hazard assessment systems harmonize in the service of transforming industrial design to inherently safer products.