Linda Powers Tomasso is an environmental policy researcher at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, where she applies her distinct research experience to sustainable land use in urban expansion and standards for incorporating healthy materials into rapidly growing built environments. She intersects these fields as Project Associate for the Center’s Health and Places Initiative, a multi-year engagement to conduct applied research, sustainability training, and provide evidence for developing healthy and sustainable cities in rapidly urbanizing China.
Ms. Tomasso’s research on loss of carbon sinks and forestlands continues to inform the climate change work of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Climate Change Group (GC3). She is also currently adopting the methodology she applied in her work to estimate lost carbon sequestration from land use change to blue carbon (wetlands carbon) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency.
Ms. Tomasso holds Masters degrees from the Harvard Extension School’s Program in Sustainability and Environmental Management and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. Trained in international policy, she worked as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in Public Diplomacy with foreign and domestic postings. She is LEED accredited and teaches Sustainable Building Design for Healthy Communities at the Harvard Extension School.