Tom Lent

 Energy & Environmental Consulting



Healthy Building

Healthy Building Network with whom I am now working on eliminating toxic materials from construction such as PVC and arsenic and developing green specifications for hospital construction and other commercial building projects.

Health Product Declaration I have helped develop this open standard for the declaration of product content and health impact.

Pharos I have helped develop this online system to evaluate the health and environmental impact of building material. 2006 to date.

Resilient Flooring & Chemical Hazards: A Comparative Analysis of Vinyl and Other Alternatives for Health Care published in 2009

Toxic Data Bias and the Challenges of Using LCA in the Design Community Paper presented at the USGBC GreenBuild 2003 conference.

Green Guidelines for Healthcare Construction Guidance document for sustainable healthcare design and construction I helped coordinate. Has now become the basis for LEED for Healthcare which I helped develop.  

Health Care Without Harm and the CleanMed conference whose green building track I helped coordinate in 2002, 2004, & 2006.

California Sustainable Hospitals Forum which I coordinated in 2003.

Healthy Buildings: Alternatives to Toxics in Construction conference that I coordinated in San Francisco in February 2000.

Berkeley Cohousing Community development project I managed. Completed in 1997. 

Sustainable, Low Toxic Materials Use & Design in Berkeley Cohousing Lessons learned in designing and constructing Berkeley Cohousing to minimize its environmental impact. (November 1999 update).


Transit Savings A comparative analysis of economic, environmental and energy impacts of commuting on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) instead of by automobile. See also the Excel spreadsheet Transit Savings Calculator that allows calculation of environmental and economic savings from specific stations for different cars types.  (2004)
Renewable Energy in Cuba A review of sustainable energy development in Cuba based upon a survey undertaken on a Global Exchange trip I in which I participated during June of 1996

Biodiesel & Solar An overview of the uses and advantages of biodiesel fuel, fleets that are using it now and how it was used on a North American solar education tour I organized in 1994

Natural Gas Bridging Fuel or Roadblock A study I edited and supported exposing the pitfalls of the attempts to use natural gas as a bridging fuel to renewables (1993)

Energy for Employment A study I undertook of the employment impact of a 5% shift in military spending into renewable energy and energy efficiency investments (1992, revised in 1993)

NCAT National Center for Appropriate Technology with whom Iíve done energy monitoring programs

Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia a non profit that I helped found in 1985 to ensure low & moderate income access to affordable and environmentally sustainable sources of energy & water.

Other Environmental
Jump Start mixed paper recycling program Final report on a public education program I designed & ran in Berkeley that resulted in a 100 ton per month increase in the recycling of mixed paper. (May 1999)
Buying Green Selective list of resources for finding everything from sustainably harvested wood to environmentally friendly dry cleaning. Some Bay Area, some US nationwide (Last update 6/19/2001).

East Bay Kids
Summer Camp Guide for the Berkeley / Oakland / Albany / El Cerrito area An opinionated guide to summer day camps in the East Bay (spring and winter break camps too) and residential camps from around Northern California with selective reviews by parents, dates, fees, registration information and links to camp program web sites.

Los Mapaches Latin American music ensemble focusing on music of the Andes for which I do stage management and am president of the Board.


Tom Lent * Energy & Environmental Consulting * 2464 West St * Berkeley, CA 94702 *