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{Past Event} - Green Building Series: Introduction to the Pharos Project

November 2, 2007 - 1:00 pm - November 2, 2007 - 1:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


A guided tour of the multi-attribute green materials evaluation tool: Pharos. Gain an understanding of the framework of health, environmental and social impacts and ideal goals that define green building materials under the Pharos Project. Learn how the Pharos Project’s web-based, open source materials evaluation tool under development will help them assess the impact of the building materials they source, providing a tool to put industry claims in context, testing product claims against verifiable data and user community experience. Learn how Kaiser Permanente is using the principals behind Pharos for materials assessment.


Tom Cooper, Kaiser Permanente
Tom Cooper is the chairperson of Kaiser Permanente’s High Performance Buildings Committee (AKA Green Buildings). He leads the research efforts in sustainable materials and design strategies for Kaiser Permanente’s national building standards. Tom is further responsible for investigating and recommending new building technologies and systems. Tom has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Social Science and worked in the construction industry prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 1988.

Tom Lent, Healthy Building Network
Tom Lent is Policy Director for the Healthy Building Network (HBN), a national network of design professionals, environmental health specialists and activists working together to advance the use of building materials that are safer for human health and the environment throughout their life cycle. He has over 25 years of experience with energy and environmental issues primarily focused on healthy and resource efficient building technologies. Tom helped develop the Green Guidelines for Healthcare Construction (GGHC) as one of the coordinators on the GGHC Steering Committee and serves on the LEED for Healthcare Committee. Tom has worked closely with healthcare systems like Kaiser Permanente and other large volume commercial consumers and product manufacturers to develop green procurement guidelines and evaluation criteria to spur the development of new environmentally sound products. Tom was honored in 2004 with Environmental Award for Outstanding Achievement by Region 9 of the US Environmental Protection Agency for his work to bring health concerns into green buildings.

Julie Silas, Healthy Building Network
Julie Silas, JD, is Director of Health Care Projects for the Healthy Building Network and is a lawyer and researcher with more than fifteen years experience in health and environmental advocacy. She joined HBN in 2007 after serving for many years as the Program Director for Physicians for Social Responsibility, Bay Area Chapter, where she also earned high regard as an expert in the field of environmental health and environmentally preferable purchasing criteria. She most recently was a consultant to Kaiser Permanente’s Content Expert Panel (CEP), conducting research for the development of new fabric standards. Ms. Silas has been on the Steering Committee of Health Care Without Harm and co-chair of their Safer Materials workgroup, partnering with health care Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs), manufacturers, health systems, individual institutions, and health care practitioners to promote more environmentally responsible practices within the health care system.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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